Grade K

In Kindergarten, students will learn the alphabet and the basic features of letters and words.  They will break down spoken and written words into syllables and letters and identify the sounds each letter makes.  These important skills will enable your child to learn new words and to read and understand simple books and stories.  Students will also learn to write and share information in a variety of ways, including drawing, writing letters and words, listening to others and speaking aloud.

Activities in these areas will include:

  • Naming and writing upper and lowercase letters
  • Matching letters to sounds and using other methods to figure out unfamiliar words when reading and writing
  • Learning and using new words
  • Identifying words that rhyme
  • Asking and answering questions about a story that the teacher has read out loud
  • Identifying characters, settings, and major events in a story
  • Recognizing the person, place thing, or idea that an illustration shows
  • Participate in discussions by listening and taking turns speaking
  • Using a combination of drawing, speaking and writing to describe an event, give information about a topic, or share an opinion
  • Taking part in shared reading, writing and research projects
  • Expressing thoughts, feelings and ideas clearly


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