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Kindergarten Expectations

These are what our teachers deem “important” for students to know upon entering into Kindergarten. I know it seems like a lot, but if your child has mastered these skills before entering Kindergarten, just think how far ahead of the game they will be!

  • Knows first and last name AND the difference between the two
  • Birth month and date
  • Gender
  • Telephone number
  • Street Address
  • Print first and last name in order
  • Speaks (not sings) the alphabet
  • Draw simple lines such as an x, +, a square, a rectangle, a circle, a heart, and a diamond.
  • Sorts objects by at least 2 attribute. Ex: Sorts shapes into piles by color and then breaks it down further by sorting each color into small blue shapes and large blue shapes for example.
  • Counts to 30 in order
  • Reads uppercase and lowercase letters
  • Can read the list of 20 preschool high frequency words without assistance
  • Knows the front cover, back cover, spine, where page numbers are usually located, purpose of a table of contents and a glossary, what an illustrator does, what an author does, and a character is. They can also look at a book correctly. They move their finger under each word, left to right, moving down the page. They use the pictures as clues to what the story is about.
  • Can stand on one foot for at least 10 seconds without holding on, then the other.
  • Takes 4 steps walking backward, toe-to-heel
  • Can stand on one foot for one second with eyes closed, then the other
  • Recognizes numbers 1-10 and can write each of them independently
  • Matches a quantity to the numeral. For example you show them the number 3 without telling them the number they are able to hand you 3 objects.
  • The can determine 2 sets. Basically they can add objects together to get a total amount. For example: 2 goldfish crackers + 2 more goldfish crackers = 4 goldfish crackers all together
  • Can create a simple AB pattern For example: blue m&m, green m&m, blue, m&m, green m&m, etc.
  • Understands positional words such as in front of, behind, beside, underneath, etc.
  • Can identify which object is “different” or does not belong. For example a row of pictures include 3 cats and 1 dog. The student understands which picture (the dog) does not belong and can identify “why” (Because it’s not a cat)
  • Recognizes basic shapes such as square, circle, triangle etc. And is beginning to recognize complex shapes like an octagon and hexagon or 3dimensional shapes such as a cube or cylinder
  • Recognizes basic colors
  • Is potty trained and able to “dress” independently with limited assistance