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Kindergarten Spelling Program

Kindergarten Preparedness:
Below, we have outlined the criteria for Kindergarten Readiness in the Denver Public Schools. Please note that we do not expect every student to come to Park Hill having already achieved mastery in each indicator. We understand that the COVID pandemic has impacted each student and their readiness for Kindergarten. Rather, this is information often requested by parents, and should serve as a guide as to what you can work on and reinforce in the months leading to the start of the school year.  As always, please feel free to ask questions as they arise, and visit our website for the most up to date information.

• Manages feelings by controlling emotions in an appropriate  manner most of the time.
• Manages classroom rules, routines, and transitions with few  reminders.
• Interacts with peers by joining groups and sustaining friendships  through respect, empathy, and compromise.
• Participates cooperatively and constructively in group situations  by balancing the rights and needs of others and solving social  problems independently.
• Understanding and articulating what it means to follow our  classroom family rules. “Keep yourself safe, your friends safe, and  our things safe.”
• Demonstrates independence by managing their own materials,  including hanging up their coats, packing their backpack, and  carrying their lunch box.

• Identifies and names all uppercase letters and 11-20 lower case letters.
• Shows understanding that a sequence of letters represents spoken words and produces correct sounds for 20-26 letters.
• Shows phonemic awareness by matching beginning and ending  sounds for some words.
• Discriminates rhyme by generating a group of rhyming words  when given a word.
• Writes to convey meaning by using late invented spelling, (writing  what we hear in a word).
• Tells, draws, or writes about another time and place by articulating a story that includes logical order and major details.
• Uses emergent reading skills by pretending to read using language that closely matches the text and/or sounds through words and uses picture cues to decode words and ideas.
• Participates in whole group and small group discussions about characters, setting, problems, and solutions in a text.
• Writes first name correctly.
• Uses correct finger placement on writing implement.

Mathematics – Cognitive
• Persists by planning and pursuing a variety of tasks to completion.
• Problem solves by trying multiple possibilities and thinks through a problem for a solution. (academically and socially)
• Remembers and connects experiences by sharing in whole and small groups.
• Thinks symbolically by pretending and applying information in new ways.
• Verbally counts to 20 and counts 20 objects accurately.
• Tells what number, (1-10) comes next in order either from memory or using a number line to identify.
• Makes sets of objects and can describe which has more, less, the same.
• Tells how many objects in a two or more groups and how many in all.
• Identifies numerals 1-10
• Creates A-B patterns and understands by telling that a pattern repeats.