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Kindergarten Objectives


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Children are alike in many ways. Each goes through the same stages of growth, yet each one is different.  Just because each child is entering Kindergarten at the same age does not mean that they have reached the same level of development.

You cannot make a child learn, but you can help him/her to be able to want to learn.  The attitude a child develops may help or hinder their ability to learn.  In Kindergarten, a child not only prepares for  his/her future years in school, but also for the rest of their life.

Kindergarten Objectives:

Language Development

  • To be able to speak in complete sentences
  • To share ideas, information, opinions, and questions
  • To participate in group discussions
  • Tell or retell a personal experience or creative story in logical sequence
  • To be able to listen to others
  • To use verbal skills to solve problems

Social and Emotional Development

  • To develop a positive self image
  • To follow directions
  • To begin a development of responsibility
  • To display good manners
  • Participate in classroom activities
  • To explore new concepts and ideas
  • To share belongings and experiences
  • To respect others' rights, to wait for turns
  • To develop self-reliance

Reading Skills

  • Name the letters of the alphabet
  • Recognize environment print
  • Listen to rhyme and create own rhymes
  • Produce consonant and short vowel sounds
  • Demonstrate blending and segmenting of simple three letter words
  • Recognize high frequency words
  • Demonstrate an understanding of print concepts (letter, words, directionality, etc.)
  • Find meaning from picture clues
  • Identify main characters, plot, setting, and sequence of events in a story
  • Write name, sight words, and simple sentences
  • Acquire emergent reading skills

Math Skills

  • Count by 1's to 100
  • Print numbers to 100
  • Use appropriate mathematical language in oral and written communication
  • Classify shape, color, and size
  • Demonstrate one-on-one correspondence when counting
  • Count by 10's to 100
  • Understand the concept of addition and subtraction
  • Develop problem solving skills
  • Explore estimation
  • Develop concepts and comparisons of measurement
  • Recognize penny, nickel, dime and quarter


  • Uses senses to lean about the natural and physical world
  • Sort objects into living and non-living categories
  • Observe and describe life cycle changes
  • Group objects by physical characteristics
  • Observe and records seasonal and daily changes in weather and temperature
  • Observe and describe plant and animal varieties
  • Describe the direction of motion
  • Identify the earth, moon, and sun

Social Studies

  • Identify maps
  • Locate specific areas of the school
  • Locate Missouri on a U.S. map
  • Describe physical characteristics of home, school, and community
  • Recognize and follow rules
  • Understand people have different customs, traditions, and celebrations
  • Recognize that every individual and their family is unique


Missouri Department of Education Curriculum: