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Kindergarten Curriculum

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 and more.

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 highlighted):
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 changes.

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,

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