Kindergarten Goals

I found this handy list on  I followed a few different links looking for some ideas on teaching about nouns and stumbled across this helpful kindergarten goal list.  Actually, now that I have closed the original window, I have no idea where I was on this site when I found the list. . . Ah, cyber-confusion.  😛

Anyway, the list gives an overall picture of where I need to be going this year so that my efforts have direction.

The following are common curriculum goals for kindergarten students.

Language Arts

  • Identifies front, back, title, and author of a book.
  • Demonstrates top to bottom, left to right progression
  • Distinguishes letters from words and words from sentences
  • Identifies all uppercase and lowercase letters
  • Demonstrates knowledge of beginning sounds by printing correct letter symbols with corresponding pictures
  • Orally tells what sound is heard at the beginning and ending of words
  • Blends CVC sounds  aloud to make a word
  • Rhymes
  • Count the number of sounds in a syllable and the number of syllables in a word
  • Reads one syllable ands common words by sight such as “the”, “I”, “is”
  • Makes predictions
  • Demonstrates comprehension of stories by orally retelling or acting out
  • Identifies characters, setting, and main idea of a story
  • Prints name correctly “on line”
  • Prints alphabet letters legibly without a model
  • Uses writing (letters, pictures, and words) to express own meaning
  • Writes from left to right and from top to bottom
  • Writes some simple CVC words spelled correctly and longer words phonetically (as they sound)
  • Orally state the names of the days of the week and months of the year
  • Identifies the eight basic colors and reads the corresponding color words
  • Understands and follows one and two step spoken directions


  • Demonstrates 1 to 1 correspondence
  • Sorts and classifies objects by position, shape, size, color, number of corners, etc.
  • Identifies, copies, extends, and creates patterns
  • Can count to 100 by 1’s and 10’s
  • Identifies the five basic shapes (circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle)
  • Draws the five basic shapes
  • Identifies numerals (0-10)
  • Labels sets (0-10) with correct numeral
  • Compares sets of objects and uses the terms equal, more than, or less than correctly
  • Can count backwards from 10
  • Identifies coins (penny, nickel, dime, quarter)
  • Joins and separates sets of objects
  • Tells time to the hour
  • Identifies half versus whole
  • Divides sets of objects into equal groups
  • Measures length with a variety of non standard measurements
  • Compares measurements and uses the terms shorter, longer, taller, heavier, warmer, cooler, holds more, etc. correctly
  • Uses positional words to explain location  (left, right, on, off, inside, between, above, below, etc.)
  • Interprets graphs

Fine Motor Skills

  • Holds pencils and scissors correctly
  • Cuts on lines
  • Outlines and colors neatly within the lines

Gross Motor Skills

  • Hops on both feet together
  • Hops on one foot (left and right)
  • Marches
  • Gallops
  • Skips

Home Skills

  • Recites address from memory (including city, state, and zip code)
  • Recites telephone number from memory (including area code)
  • Recites birth date (including year)
  • Demonstrates the ability to put on and fasten outer clothing (unassisted)
  • Ties shoes

Social and Work Habits

  • Puts forth best efforts in work
  • Takes care of school materials
  • Uses self control to follow school rules
  • Works independently
  • Completes work in a reasonable amount of time
  • Follows directions
  • Listens attentively to others
  • Stays on task
  • Willingly participates in activities

Do you know where to find lists like this for other grade levels?  If so, please leave a comment.  Thanks!


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