Your child must learn the following to complete kindergarten. Don’t worry, within the Montessori learning framework, most of these core competencies come naturally from the child’s interaction with the teachers and fellow students.
Kindergarten Writing Skills
- Student can use standard English grammar in writing and speaking.
- Student can spell simple words phonetically.
- Student can write upper and lowercase letters.
- Student can write and speak in complete sentences.
- Student can generate and organize ideas and participate in “pre-writing” activities.
- Student can write sentences that start with a capital letter and end with a proper punctuation mark.
- Student can use a combination of drawing and writing to compose one of the following: an opinion piece, a personal narrative, or an informative article.
- Student can work with classroom teacher to revise a first draft of the opinion/narrative/article for initial clarity, proof read and edit the drafted work, and create and present a final writing project.
Kindergarten Reading Skills
- Student understands that words are made of letters and that these letters represent sounds.
- Student recognizes that new words are created when letter sounds are added or removed.
- Student can identify characters, settings, and events which occur in a story.
- Student is able to read and comprehend kindergarten-level texts.
- Student can ask and answer questions about details in a story or non-fiction work.
- Student can retell and answer questions about details in a story or non-fiction work.
- Student can name and define the different roles between a story’s author and illustrator.
- Student can follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page.
- Student can compare and contrast characters and events from stories or non-fiction works.
- Student can read simple words with short or long vowels.
- Student can read high-frequency words by sight.
- Student can recognize uppercase and lower case letters.
- Student can identify initial, final, and middle sounds in spoken words.
- Student can read and write numbers from 0 through 20
- Student can count to 100 by ones and 10s.
- Student can solve addition and subtraction word problems using objects or drawings.
- Student can create all combinations for the numbers 0 to 10. An example, 8 = 4 + 4 and 5 + 3 by using objects or drawings.
- Student can show numbers from 11 to 19 using a 10 and additional ones.
- Student can identify and name rectangles, circles, cubes, squares, triangles, cones, spheres, cylinders, and hexagons.
- Student can describe objects in the world using shapes and names.
- Student can compare two objects to see which has “more than” or “less than” of a measurable attribute, such as height or weight.
- Student can draw, compare, and describe two- and three-dimensional shapes.
- Student can combine simple shapes to make larger ones.
- Student can hold and manipulate pencil and other drawing materials correctly to print and draw.
- Student can retrieve project from shelf, complete activity, and return project back to shelf.