2013-2014 Kindergarten Benchmarks
Here is a list of benchmarks that we assess during Kindergarten. If you need any help supporting your child in these areas, please let me know!
  • Recognize at least 24 uppercase AND lowercase letters
  • Ability to articulate at least 24 letter sounds
  • Reads at least 21 grade-level sight words (see me for list)
  • Decodes 6 unknown grade-level words using letter sound knowledge
  • Can produce rhyming words when given a prompt
  • Can segment sounds in a word
  • Can blend sounds to make a word
Reading Comprehension
  • Can retell key details from a story such as setting, main characters, and important events
  • Understands new vocabulary from text, using context from the story
  • Identifies character experiences, using ones own experiences as support
  • Fine Motor Skills: cutting, coloring, and handwriting
  • Can write a complete thought in words
  • Can use letter sound knowledge to attempt unfamiliar words in writing
  • Can compare objects by attributes (biggest, tallest, lightest)
  • Sort, count, and order objects into categories (by color, shape, size etc.)
  • Can describe basic 2-dimensional shapes (square, rectangle, triangle, rhombus, trapezoid, hexagon)
  • Can identify 3-dimensional shapes (cone, cube, cylinder, sphere)
  • Can compose simple shapes from smaller shapes (can make a hexagon using triangles)
  • Can count to 100 by 1's AND 10's
  • Can count on from a given number up to 20 (start at 7 and count to 20)
  • Can count objects up to 20
  • Can write AND read numbers up to 20 (writing the number backwards is accepted, but transposing is not)
  • Can represent a number with a written number (can count 10 blocks, and write the number 10)
  • Can compare two numbers using "greater than", "less than" and "equal to"
  • Fluently add and subtract to 5 (must be able to answer an addition/subtraction problem with the answer being 5 or less without using fingers or manipulatives)
  • Can decompose numbers in more than one way (1+3=4, 2+2=4, 4+0=4...)
  • Can solve addition and subtraction word problems within 10