The kindergarten program is designed to challenge children in all areas - academic, social, emotional, and physical. Learn more about the Kindergarten Curriculum here.
Reading is a key focus of kindergarten because reading is the
foundation for all learning. Success in early reading builds a strong
foundation for future academic success. In kindergarten, students
experience a balanced reading program that includes phonics, phonemic
awareness, fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. Students
have many opportunities to interact with different types of books and
teachers spend time reading different types of books to the students.
Students check books out of the Media Center and their classroom to
read at home. Parents can support schools by reading to and with their
children every day.
Children learn math and science through hands-on materials and
thoughtful lessons. Teachers provide opportunities for creative
expression throughout the school day, including literature, art, music
Just as the state has a standard curriculum for what is taught in
grades 1-12, there's also a prescribed curriculum for kindergarten
teachers to follow in these subjects (with one or two goals
English/Language Arts: Recognize and name upper- and lower-case letters
and some words by sight, read or attempt to read a story, write most
letters of the alphabet.
Social Studies: Create simple maps, learn about citizenship, and
explore holidays and the symbols associated with them.
Mathematics: Learn about numbers up to 30, read and write numerals, and
identify and draw shapes.
Science: Use the five senses to observe animals, earth materials and
weather; observe behaviors of animals; observe and report weather
To learn more about what is taught in kindergarten and to see a
complete Kindergarten Curriculum, visit the NC Department of Public
Instruction Web site, http://www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum/.