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Language Arts in Kindergarten 

Your child will be working to develop his or her understanding and mastery of Kindergarten Connecticut Core Standards in English-Language Arts. These standards integrate all aspects of Language Arts development and are categorized under Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening, and Language. Your child’s teacher will use a wide variety of instructional strategies and formats to help your child learn and progress toward mastery of these standards by the end of the school year.

Apply Concepts about Print

• Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print by 
following words-left to right, top to bottom, page by page.
• Understand that spoken words are printed in written language.
• Understand that words are separated by spaces in print.
• Recognize and name all upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet.

Demonstrate Phonological Awareness (the ability to manipulate sounds orally)

• Recognize and produce rhymes.
• Understand words are made of syllables that can be put together and taken apart.
• Blend and segment onsets and rimes (/b/-/at/ says “bat”).
• Identify beginning, middle, and ending sounds.
• Substitute beginning, middle, and ending sounds to make new words (cat, cap).

Apply Phonics and Word Recognition Skills

• Produce the correct sound for each letter including short and long vowel sounds.
• Read kindergarten sight words automatically.
• Distinguish between similarly spelled words (map/mop, hat/ham, tim/tip).

Read with Fluency

• Read familiar and emergent texts with purpose and understanding.

Identify Key Ideas and Details

• Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding in fiction and 
nonfiction texts.
• Identify main idea and retell familiar stories with key details.
• Identify character, setting, and major events in stories.
• Describe connection between two individuals, events, or ideas in informational 

Understand the Structure of Texts

• Ask and answer questions about unknown words.
• Recognize common types of texts (storybooks, poems, etc.)
• Identify author and illustrator and define their roles.
• Identify parts of a book (cover, title page).

Integrate Knowledge and Ideas Within and Across Texts

• Recognize that illustrations complement and add to the meaning of text.
• Compare/contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories.
• Identify reason an author gives to support points in an informational text.
• Identify the similarities and differences between two informational texts on the 
same topic.

Read and Comprehend a Range of Texts with Appropriate Grade Level 

• Engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.



Demonstrate Command of Conventions of Standard English

• Print uppercase and lowercase letters.
• Use frequently occurring nouns and verbs.
• Form plural nouns.
• Understand and use question words.
• Use common prepositions (from, in, out, on, off).
• Speak in complete sentences.
• Capitalize the beginning of sentences and the pronoun “I”.
• Recognize and name end punctuation.
• Spell simple words phonetically with a beginning, middle, and end (i.e., mtn=mitten).


Understand and Use Grade Appropriate Vocabulary

• Use the context of a story to identify the meaning of words.
• Use the knowledge of prefixes and suffixes to understand the meaning of a word.
• Sort common objects into categories.
• Understand word opposites.
• Identify real life connections between words and their use.
• Act out similar verbs (walk, strut, march).
• Utilize acquired vocabulary from reading and conversation.



Write a Variety of Text for Various Purposes

• Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to share an opinion, tell a story, and share information.

Produce and Publish Clear and Coherent Writing

• Add detail to writing and edits with support from peers and adults.
• Explore digital resources for use in writing.

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

• Participate in shared research and writing projects.
• Recall information from experiences or gather information from sources to answer a question.



Speaking And Listening

Participate in Collaborative Conversations with Understanding about Kindergarten Topics and Texts

• Follow rules for discussion.

• Continue a conversation through multiple exchanges.
• Confirm understanding through questioning and request clarification if needed.

Present Knowledge and Ideas Clearly

• Describe familiar people, places, things, and events to provide additional detail.
• Add drawings to provide additional detail.
• Speak audibly and clearly.



• Engage in a variety of fine motor activities using pencils, markers, crayons, 
playdough, and scissors.
• Is introduced to the upper- and lower-case manuscript alphabet and practices 
letter formation in written work.
• Write name using upper- and lower-case letters.

Upcoming Events

  • October 2017
    • MonOct23 Student-Led Star Assembly PreK-1 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
    • MonOct23 Student-Led Star Assembly 2-5 2:45 PM to 3:15 PM

Charter Oak International Academy

425 Oakwood Ave., West Hartford, CT 06110

Juan Melián, Principal

T: 860-233-8506

F: 860-761-1244

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