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Kindergarten Expectations

Kindergarten teachers at Rutherford Elementary School have put together some skill expectations for kindergarten students, based on the SuperKids literacy program.

Forming letters

Memory word cards

Sound chart

Word list


Below is a list of Exiting Outcomes for Kindergarten students in the subjects of Reading, Writing and Math. This is a reference of what your child is expected to learn by the end of the school year.

• Reads and writes first and last name
• Reads and writes 67 Dolch words (12 of which are memory words)
• Identifies 52 letters and sounds (upper and lowercase letters)
• Decodes simple words (cat, hot, glad)
• Recognizes and creates rhyming words
• Reads and understands a SuperKids on level text with some guidance
• Retell familiar stories using specific details

• Writes a simple sentence with some guidance
• Writes recognizable words and uses sound spelling; memory words are spelled correctly
• Writes 52 letters with correct formation
• Draws pictures containing important details
• Proper use of spaces between words
• Uses first letter capitalization correctly; capitalizes the word I
• Uses ending punctuation
• Tells a longer story with a beginning, middle and end
• Picture and story match the prompt and remain on topic

• counts to 100 by one’s
• counts to 100 by ten’s
• writes numbers 0 to 20 correctly
• counts forward from a given number (example: start at 25 and count forward)
• counts a group of objects accurately
• matches numbers and their quantity
• identifies what has the same amount (equal), what has more (greater than) and what has less (less than)
• identifies what number is larger and what number is smaller using numerals 1 – 10
• understands the concept of one more (example: What is one more than 8? The answer would be 9)
• identifies shapes (circle, square, rectangle, triangle, and hexagon) and be able to draw them
• identifies three-dimensional shapes (sphere, cube, cone, cylinder)
• knows the difference between a two-dimensional shape (example: a shape on paper) and a three-dimensional shape
  (example: a ball)
• identifies how a three-dimensional shape has two-dimensional characteristics (example: a cube has flat sides that look like
• describes if something can be measured by weight or length
• compares things by saying taller/shorter, heavier/lighter
• sorts things into groups and tells how and why they sorted the objects that way; compares the sorted groups
• shows an understanding of addition and subtraction up to 10 (this can be done orally, with objects, and with written equations)
• easily adds and subtracts within 5
• uses and understands the meanings of the vocabulary words: above, under, beside, behind, in front of, next to
• takes a number and finds different ways to get to it; uses number bonds (example: 8 can be 4 + 4 or 5 + 3 or 2 + 6)
• understands that a teen number is made up of ten and ones (example: 18 is one ten and eight ones)