Kindergarten Language Arts Parenting Tips

This guide provides an overview of what your child will learn by the end of kindergarten in English language arts/literacy.

This guide is based on the new Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted by more than 45 states.

If your child is meeting the expectations outlined in these standards, he or she will be well prepared for 1st grade.  

Why Are Academic Standards Important? Academic standards are important because they help ensure that all students, no matter where they live, are prepared for success in college and the workforce. Standards provide an important first step  a clear roadmap for learning for teachers, parents, and students.   Having clearly defined goals helps families and teachers work together to ensure that students succeed.   They also will help your child develop critical thinking skills that will prepare him or her for college and career.


Kindergarten - English Language Arts & Literacy - A Sample of What Your Child Will Be Working on in Kindergarten

■ Naming upper-and lower-case letters, matching those letters with their sounds, and printing them

■ Comparing the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories, such as fairy tales and folktales

■ Retelling familiar stories and talking about stories read to them using details from the text

■ Using a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to describe an event, including his or her reaction to what happened

■ Stating an opinion or preference about a topic or book in writing (e.g., My favorite book is . . .)

■ Taking part in classroom conversations and following rules for discussions (e.g., learning to listen to others and taking turns when speaking)

■ Speaking clearly to express thoughts, feelings, and ideas, including descriptions of familiar people, places, things, and events

■ Asking and answering questions about key details in stories or other information read aloud

■ Understanding and using question words (e.g., who, what, where, when, why, how) in discussions

■ Learning to recognize, spell, and properly use those little grammatical words that hold the language together (e.g., a, the, to, of, from, I, is, are

Talking to Your Child’s Teacher

When you talk to the teacher, do not worry about covering everything. Instead, keep the conversation focused on the most important topics. In kindergarten, these include:

■ Using knowledge of letters and letter-sound correspondences to figure out how to spell words as they sound

■ Reading and understanding a story designed for early readers

■ Ask to see a sample of your child’s work. Ask the teacher questions such as: Is this piece of work satisfactory? How could it be better? Is my child on track? How can I help my child improve or excel in this area? If my child needs extra support or wants to learn more about a subject, are there resources to help his or her learning outside the classroom?

Help Your Child Learn at Home -  English Language Arts & Literacy

Try to create a quiet place for your child to study, and carve out time every day when your child can concentrate. You should also try to sit down with your child at least once a week for 15 to 30 minutes while he or she works on homework. This will keep you informed about what your child is working on, and it will help you be the first to know if your child needs help with specific topics.

Additionally, here are some activities you can do with your child to support learning at home:

■ Read with your child every day. Ask your child to explain his or her favorite parts of the story.  Share your own ideas. To find more books for your child to read, visit assets/Appendix_B.pdf

■ Encourage your child to tell you about his or her day at school

■ Have your child describe the picture to you




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