As I get ready to move Big Brother into more and more First Grade Work; I have taken some time to review our kindergarten goals to be sure he is as ready as I feel he is for First. He has mastered almost everything we set out as ‘to be learned in Kindy’. There are a few things lacking, but I realized as I went though the list the things he “can’t do” are things I have not introduced or exposed him too.
So after reviewing this, our goals for the year, I feel even more sure he is ready to move on to First Grade curriculum. I’ll intentionally hit on the final few items from this list, and start on First Grade.
Items he has not had exposure to in RED
Items in BLUE he has some skill in, but not Mastery of
- Meanings of holidays, traditions, and customs
* Individual’s role in family, home, school, and community
* Relationship of the individual to the group
* Safety rules and symbols
* Basic human needs
* Location / Diagram of home and other common location
- Recognize events that reoccur (at specific times of the day or week).
- Knowledge ofUSA– location on globe, national bird, distinct from other countries
- Knowledge of where child lives (country, state, city)
- 4 directions
- Name of 7 Continents
- Observation of everyday, familiar things
* Common animals and plants
* Interrelationships of animals and plants
* Classification of living things
* Like and unlike plants
* Weather and seasons
- Use a balance scale to compare the weight of two objects and identify which is heavier.
- Simple measurement
- Sort, order and classify — Sort and classify objects by attributes including size, shape, color, texture, orientation, position and use, and explain the reason for each sort.
- Describe and make comparisons of qualitative and quantitative changes of a given pattern using terms such as warmer, softer, more, one more, less, one less, bigger, smaller, longer and shorter.
- Identify and extend visual, auditory and physical patterns to make predictions.
- Describe location, direction, and position of objects or parts of objects, using terms such as under/over, inside/outside, next to/near, top/bottom, in front of, first and last.
- Pose questions about objects and events in the environment that can be used to guide the collection of data.
- Collect data, record and the results using real graphs and picture graphs.
- Arrange information in a systematic way using counting, sorting, lists and graphic organizers.
- Describe measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object.
- Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has “more of”/“less of” the attribute, and describe the difference.
|Speech / Communication
- Following and giving directions
- Use the most frequently occurring prepositions correctly (e.g., to, from, in, out, on, off, for, of, by, with).
- Produce and expand complete sentences in shared language activities.
- Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners
- Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others and taking turns speaking about the topics and texts under discussion)
- Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.
- Form regular plural nouns orally by adding /s/ or /es/ (e.g., dog, dogs; wish, wishes).
- Understand and use question words (interrogatives) (e.g., who, what, where, when, why, how).
- Relating events and experiences using complete sentences
|Language Arts / Phonics /Reading
- Social listening
- Constructing visual images while listening
- Paraphrasing and summarizing
- Recognize and name end punctuation.
- Follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page
- Understand that words are separated by spaces in print.
- Recite familiar stories, poems, nursery rhymes, and lines of a play
- Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with prompting and support, provide additional detail.
- Print many upper- and lowercase letters.
|Health and Safety
- Personal hygiene
* Good eating habits
* Good grooming
* Care of teeth
* Physical fitness
- Major body parts
- Name 5 senses and identify organ of use
|Mathematics / reasoning
- Simple counting to 100
- Count to 100 by 2, 5 And 10.
- Write numbers from 0 to 20.
- Understand One-to-one relationship
- Count forward beginning from a given number within the known sequence (instead of having to begin at 1).
- Sequence of events
- Recognize, reproduce, extend and create repeating patterns.
* Concepts of more, less than, same.
* Correspondence of quantities
* Ordinal-cardinal relationship
- Identify the ordinal position of objects: first, second, third, fourth, fifth and last.
- Meaning of addition and subtraction
- Act out and solve addition and subtraction story problems that reflect real-world experiences and contextual problems using sets of up to 10 objects and describe the strategy or reasoning used to solve a problem.
- Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10.
- Write the number sentences that correspond to story problems using addition, subtraction and equals symbols (+, -, =) correctly
- Fluently add and subtract within 5.
- Number line (Introduction and use for simple math)
- Identify and describe familiar shapes (triangles, squares, rectangles and circles) and solids (cubes, spheres, cylinders, cones and prisms) in the environment.
- Basic chart and graph concepts
- Locate yesterday, today, and tomorrow on a calendar to sequence events and use terms such as before and after to compare events.
- Complete simple shape and jigsaw puzzles
- Compose simple shapes to form larger shapes
- Model shapes in the world by building shapes from components (e.g., sticks and clay balls) and drawing shapes. writ writing