According to Judy Molland, author of Straight Talk about Schools Today
, many skills that were once taught in first grade are now being introduced in kindergarten. You will still find the small chairs and finger-painting, but in general, there is more formal learning going on in kindergarten classrooms than a generation ago.
Here is a sampling of what your child might be expected to know by the end of kindergarten:
: Students know about letters, words, and sounds. They apply this knowledge to read simple sentences.
. Students write words and brief sentences that are legible.
Listening and speaking
. Students listen and respond to oral communication. They speak in coherent sentences.
. Students use estimation strategies in computation and problem solving that involve numbers using the ones and tens places.
Measurement and geometry
. Students identify common objects in their environment and describe the geometric features.