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Kindergarten Curriculum

Everything I ever needed to know I learned in Kindergarten is a very popular saying that highlights the importance of the Kindergarten curriculum. As the first formal year of education for most students, kindergartners must learn and master a large volume of information. The growth that most children show in this formative year is astronomical. The current Kindergarten curriculum is not limited to simply the ABCs and 123s. Kindergarten is now what First Grade used to be 20 years ago, and many children are learning to read by the time they leave Kindergarten. As a result the Kindergarten curriculum is chock full of meaningful elements.

Literacy learning forms the foundation for the Kindergarten curriculum. It is here that teachers and students spend the bulk of their time. Initially the focus is on phonemic awareness activities, such as rhyming and syllibication games, as well as segmenting and blending activities. Concurrently, students are learning about letter names and the sounds the letters make. Eventually they are able to blend the sounds together to form words. In addition, the Kindergarten curriculum includes a certain amount of sight words that students are expected to master, usually about 25-50 words.

Math is also an important part of the Kindergarten curriculum. Students need to identify numbers and be able to count to 100. They need to have solid one-to-one correspondence and be able to count a certain number of objects without losing count. They also need to be able to write their numbers independently, usually to about 30 or so. In addition, they need to be able to identify all of their shapes and colors, interpret graphs and know their coins and days of the week. If you combine all of these intregral components with other essentials such as health, science, social studies, and technology, not to mention the basics of sharing, taking turns and following directions, you have a complete and outstanding Kindergarten curriculum.

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