Kindergarten Goals

The following is a list of the Language Arts and Math Kindergarten skills taken from the California State Standards that are expected for the children to be able to do by the end of the year.  These skills will contribute to your child’s success in kindergarten and prepare him/her for first grade.  These skills form the basis of whether you child will be ready to be promoted to first grade.  Any assistance that you are able to provide for your child in mastering these skills, will be greatly appreciated.




Language Arts 

            *Recognize and write the alphabet in uppercase and lowercase letters (in

         in random order.)

        *Recite the alphabet in order.

        *Know the appropriate sound for each letter of the alphabet.  (short vowel)

        *Able to blend consonant--vowel---consonant sounds orally to make words.

           (  h--a--t = hat     m--e--n = men)

        *Knows that vowels play a special part in all words.

        *Listen attentively to a story.

        *Demonstrate left to right sweep and top to bottom order.

        *Participate in a group setting using songs, rhymes, discussions and


        *Develop reading readiness skills such as cutting, pasting, coloring, holding a

         pencil correctly, and tracing.

        *Recognize the 8 basic colors and color words (red, yellow, blue, green, orange,  

           purple, black and brown.

        *Retell a story using details.

        *Recognize rhyming words.

        *Write first and last name.

        *Show the spacing between words.

        *Know the functions of an author and illustrator.

        *Understand simple story structure (beginning, middle and end.)

        *Distinguish between fiction and nonfiction.

        *Follow directions in a group setting.

        *Participate in listening and comprehension activities.

        *Imitate the initial and ending sounds of a word.

        *Use positional words (in, on, under)

        *Share information and ideas.

        *Dictate stories from lessons and personal experiences.


        *Count orally by ones, fives, and tens to 100.

        *Make sets 0-20

        *Demonstrate one to one correspondence (point to each object as it is


        *Recognize and write numerals 1-30.  We work very hard for everyone to be

              able to write numbers to 100!)

        *Name ordinal numbers first through tenth.

        *Demonstrate addition and subtraction facts to ten using manipulative


        *Use nonstandard objects to measure length, volume, and weight.

        *Tell time on the hour.

        *Demonstrate the concept of coins.  (penny, nickel, dime, quarter)

        *Identify and classify geometric shapes (circles, triangle, square, rectangle,

                cube, cone and sphere)

        *Identify, describe, and extend a pattern of three objects.

        *Demonstrate knowledge of position and comparison terms (above, below,

                 more, less, top, bottom, before, after, middle, left, right, same, different,


        *Participate in graphing activities to gather information.

        *Sort and classify objects using one or more attributes.

        *Recite the days of the week and months of the year in order.

        *Separate whole to parts and back to whole.