Saturday, April 28, 2012

What Should Your Child be Able to do at the End of Kindergarten: Listening, Talking, Reading, Writing

The school year is coming to a close.  What should your newly minted, typically developing Kindergarten graduate be able to do in the area of Listening, Talking, and Reading?

He/she should be able to:
*  Follow 2 step directions (e.g.: "Go get your shoes and come sit down.")
*  Understand most of what is said at home and in school.
*  Follow and understand most simple conversation and stories.
*  Use the same grammar as the rest of the family.

Alphabet Soup - 136 PiecesTalking:
He/she should be able to:
*  Answer basic questions about stories and events.  (e.g.: "Did you go to the store?  What did you buy?")
*  Retell a simple story or event.
*  Ask questions.
*  Take turns in conversations and games.
*  Say most sounds correctly, except a few like l, s, r, v, z, ch, sh, and th

He/she should be able to:
*  Find the front, back, top, and bottom of a book.
*  Understand that reading occurs from top to bottom and left to right (in English).
*  Identify some words that rhyme, like "cat" and "hat."
*  Know that some words start with the same sounds, like "soap" and "sun."
*  Identify upper case (capitol) and lower case letters.
*  Read some basic sight words like "the," "cat," and "with."
*  Tell a story by looking at pictures in a book.
Eating The Alphabet Big Book

*  Print first and last name.
*  Write all upper and lower case letters, though not necessarily clearly.

~Michelle, M.S., CCC
  Speech-Language Pathologist

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