July 2, 2010, Newsletter Issue #211: Reading Objectives

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The following is a list of the Reading objectives covered in the kindergarten curriculum. This is not what a child needs to know upon entering kindergarten. Rather, it is what a child should be introduced to and master during the year to prepare him or her for first grade. Some concepts are more difficult than others, but if you begin to introduce these objectives to your child in the preschool years, it will be much easier for your child to master them in kindergarten.

1. develop receptive/expressive vocabulary skills
2. match identical geometric shapes, numeral forms, letter forms, word forms
3. match like objects in assortment of four
4. match identical pairs in mixed assortment
5. match same colored squares and pictures
6. match objects facing same direction
7. distinguish same letters from similar
8. name pictured objects in background and foreground
9. recognize own name in printed form
10. classify by color, shape, and size
11. sequence picture cards
12. tell difference between unlike shapes, unlike numerals, unlike letters, unlike words
13. move hand in left-right progression
14. move eye in left-right progression
15. classify sounds: alike/different
16. classify sounds: loud/soft
17. discriminate sound: long/short
18. compare pitch: high/medium/low
19. recognize rhyming words
20. identify repetitive words
21. enjoy stories
22. be silent when another speaks
23. look directly at the speaker
24. concentrate on what is said
25. question what is not clear
26. applaud politely when appropriate
27. give requested feedback
28. speak in complete sentences
29. speak with correct pronunciation
30. speak with clear enunciation
31. speak with good phrasing
32. speak with appropriate tone/pitch
33. dictate stories
34. name the alphabet letters
35. match small/capital letters
36. identify letters when seen
37. print alphabet letters
38. sequence letters alphabetically
39. recall the stated main idea
40. retell and remember three fables
41. memorize Mother Goose rhymes
42. visually differentiate vowels and consonants
43. hear, name, repeat, and print initial consonants
44. tell specific details of a story
45. audibly discriminate vowels and consonants

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