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Learning new language skills is a hallmark of kindergarten. Your child will learn about
the alphabet and its role in reading. Your child will practice rhyming, matching words
with beginning sounds, and blending sounds into words. Practice with these types of
activities is a powerful step toward learning to read and spell correctly. The size of your
child’s vocabulary is another key factor in his or her ability to read and comprehend
books and stories. Your child also will begin to experiment with writing and will be
encouraged to use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing letters to share
information, ideas, and feelings.
Naming upper- and lower-case letters, matching
those letters with their sounds, and printing them
Comparing the adventures and experiences of
characters in familiar stories, such as fairy tales
and folktales
Retelling familiar stories and talking about stories
read to them using details from the text
Using a combination of drawing, dictating, and
writing to describe an event, including his or her
reaction to what happened
Stating an opinion or preference about a topic or
book in writing (e.g., “My favorite book is . . .”)
Taking part in classroom conversations and
following rules for discussions (e.g., learning to
listen to others and taking turns when speaking)
Speaking clearly to express thoughts, feelings,
and ideas, including descriptions of familiar
people, places, things, and events
Asking and answering questions about key details
in stories or other information read aloud
Understanding and using question words (e.g.,
who, what, where, when, why, how) in discussions
Learning to recognize, spell, and properly use those
little grammatical words that hold the language
together (e.g.,
a, the, to, of, from, I, is, are)
A Sample of What Your Child Will Be Working on in Kindergarten
In math, young children arrive in kindergarten with widely varying knowledge. By the
end of the year, your child must have some important foundations in place. One of the
most important skills your child should develop is the ability to add and subtract small
numbers and use addition and subtraction to solve word problems. This will rely on
gaining some fundamentals early in the year, such as counting objects to tell how many
there are. Addition and subtraction will continue to be a very strong focus in math
through 2nd grade.
Counting objects to tell how many there are
Comparing two groups of objects to tell which
group, if either, has more; comparing two written
numbers to tell which is greater
Acting out addition and subtraction word problems
and drawing diagrams to represent them
Adding with a sum of 10 or less; subtracting from
a number 10 or less; and solving addition and
subtraction word problems
Adding and subtracting very small numbers
quickly and accurately (e.g., 3 + 1)
Correctly naming shapes regardless of orientation
or size (e.g., a square oriented as a “diamond” is
still a square)
A Sample of What Your Child Will Be Working on in Kindergarten
Storyline is a collection of books read by actors.  Make your free time with your children easy, and enjoy listening to favorite stories together.
SUCCESS TIP:  Children need help and support at home to succeed in their studies. Try to create a quiet place for your child to study, and carve out time every day when your child can concentrate on reading, writing, and math uninterrupted by friends, brothers or sisters, or other distractions.