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What Will My Kindergartener Learn?

Your student will learn foundational skills that will prepare them for the rest of their time in school, covering a range of personal and academic development.

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Your kindergartener will experience many activities in all areas of development.

Social Development

  • Develop positive self-esteem.
  • Learn to work and play with others.
  • Learn to work independently.
  • Learn to follow directions and classroom expectations.
  • Demonstrate respectful and responsible behaviors.

Physical Development

  • Learn to use classroom equipment and supplies appropriately.
  • Develop large motor skills involving body movement and coordination through running, skipping, and rhythmic activities.
  • Develop small motor skills by using clay, tracing activities, and cutting.

Reading Readiness

Kindergarten is a critical time to lay the foundation for becoming a successful reader.  Your child will learn to:

  • Recognize and name both upper and lower case letters.
  • Correctly say each letter’s sound.

Concepts of Printed Materials

  • holding a book correctly;
  • tracking words left to right;
  • reading from the top to the bottom of the page;
  • identifying the front and back cover and title page;
  • understanding the correlation between spoken and printed words.

Beginning Reading Skills

  • Identify initial and final sounds in spoken words.
  • Identify rhyming and non-rhyming words (sun/run vs. sun/man).
  • Determine word meanings from the way they’re used in a sentence.
  • Identify characters, setting, and key events in a story.
  • Retell stories in the correct sequence.
  • Follow two and three-step directions using picture clues.
  • Identify facts in non-fiction text.


Early writing skills are reported using one of five stages, showing continual growth from kindergarten through the primary grades.

  1. Stage 1 involves pictures and scribbling.
  2. Stage 2 moves your child to the use of random letters, sometimes with correct initial sounds.
  3. Stage 3 involves the use of initial sounds or both the initial and final sounds—mostly consonants (i.e., lk for like).
  4. Stage 4 increases the use of vowels (lk becomes lik). As the words become longer, students begin to show an understanding of multiple-syllable words.
  5. Stage 5 uses many correctly-spelled words in multiple, related sentences.

Writing Objectives

  • Generating story ideas as a class and drawing pictures to match.
  • Working as a group to draft a story.
  • Writing from left to right and showing space between words.
  • Writing the alphabet in both upper and lower case letters.
  • Writing first and last name on school papers.


  • Count to 100.
  • Identify and write numbers through 20 (in or out of order).  
  • Identify the symbols +, -, = and learn simple addition and subtraction through number 10.
  • Understand the concepts of above/below/between, smaller/larger, longer/shorter.
  • Identify and name shapes (circle, square, oval, triangle, rhombus, rectangle, and hexagon).
  • Sort objects by size, color and shape.
  • Create a variety of simple graphs.
  • Match numerals to sets of objects.


We will introduce kindergarteners to science concepts:

  • Senses
  • Earth
  • Weather
  • Physical Science
  • Environmental Science

Social Studies

Kindergarteners will learn about:

  • Community Helpers
  • Holidays and Seasonal Customs
  • Maps and Globes

Oral Language

Kindergarteners will strengthen their oral skills by:

  • Increasing vocabulary
  • Speaking in complete sentences in front of groups
  • Using creative dramatics, puppetry, chart stories, recorded stories
  • Class discussions in small and large groups


Kindergarteners will learn how to use assorted art materials:

  • Paints
  • Clay
  • Papers
  • Chalk
  • Variety of tools


Kindergarteners will learn about music through involvement in:

  • Rhythm
  • Songs
  • Chants
  • Use of instruments