An Overview of Kindergarten Common Core Standards
With the new Common Core Standards coming down, it is now more important than ever to have your child attend a Pre-K course, such as the State Sponsored FREE VPK program or even full time as the state only cover 3 hours of VPK. We had first-hand experience with the new Common Core standards for Kindergarten with our little one and must say that although we like the ongoing direction we feel that it is now more than ever crucial that all children be exposed to PRE-K/VPK courses to ensure they are prepared and ready as they can be for Kindergarten. Take a look below at a recent article By Leslie Crawford and Jessica Kelmonn:
Parents may be surprised to learn that even kindergartners' classroom work will be changing under the new standards. For students to be successful, teachers and parents need to be strong partners and have a clear understanding of the learning goals.
Examples of skills kindergartners should learn under Common Core
Kindergarten reading skills
1) Read all 26 letters — lowercase and uppercase — and say their sounds, including both short and long vowel sounds.
2) Answer questions about details in a book by pointing to where those answers appear in the text or illustrations.
3) Read dozens of three-letter, often rhyming, words (e.g. pot/hot, bed/red).
Kindergarten writing skills
1) Print most lowercase and uppercase letters.
2) Correctly write their names and many consonant-vowel-consonant words (e.g. cat/hat, pet/wet), and phonetically or inventively spell simple high-frequency words they often see or hear (e.g. the, go, she, like, play).
3) Understand the three types of writing — opinion, explanatory, and storytelling — and write a couple of sentences of each type. (At this age, drawing and dictating sentences count as writing.)
Kindergarten math skills
1) Count to 100 by 1s and by 10s, write numbers 0 to 20, and compare two numbers between 1 and 10.
2) Figure out the number to add to any number from 1 to 9 to make 10 — using objects, fingers, or drawings.
3) Use names of shapes to describe objects in the environment. (e.g. The window is a square; the plate is a circle.)
Building skills at home
1) Cook with kids! Ask them to help count out the ingredients, which helps them learn words and concepts like half.
2) Ask questions while reading together, such as: What is the character feeling? Why is he reacting that way? What do you think will happen next?
3) Model patience with homework. Especially at first, kids (and parents) may feel confused by new homework. When parents set the example, children learn to work hard, persist, and stay positive.