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Kindergarten Information

Welcome to Kindergarten!

“Children grow into the intellectual life around them.” - Lev Vygotsky

Walla Walla Public Schools has a full-day kindergarten program at all six district elementary schools.  The typical school day begins between 8 and 8:30 a.m., and it ends between 2:30 and 3 p.m. 

Kindergarten curriculum includes reading, language arts, math, science and social studies.  Students have two 30-minute music classes per week and they visit the library at least once per week as part of their regular curriculum.  Physical education is also offered to kindergarten students at many of our schools.

Note: Students must turn five no later than August 31st of the year in which they enroll for kindergarten.    Younger students, who turn five between September 1 and October 31, may be tested for early entrance, but there is no guarantee of placement.   For more information, please contact the district Curriculum Department, 526-6735.

Kindergarten Registration

Please visit the Enrollment & Registration page for forms and registration date information.

Kindergarten Learning Standards

The newly adopted Common Core Standards explain what children should be able to understand and do by the end of each grade. Below are the standards in Reading, Math and Writing for Kindergarten students: 

Reading

Foundational Skills:
(Basic Reading Skills)

Phonological awareness; Phonics and word recognition; Fluency
Key Ideas and Details:
“What did the author say?”

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text
Retell familiar stories
Identify character, setting, and major events/topics in a story

Craft and Structure:              
“How did the author say it?”    

Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text
Recognize common types and features of a text
Name author/illustrator of a story

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:
“How do I evaluate what the author has told me?”

Describe how illustrations support the text
Identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text     
Identify similarities and differences between characteristics             

 

Math
Counting/Cardinality:

Compare numbers/objects to 10; Count to tell number of objects 0-20
Know number names and the count sequence to 100; Write numbers 0-20

Operations/Algebraic Thinking: Fluently add and subtract within 5                 
Solve addition and subtraction problems within 10
Number/Operations In Base Ten: Place value (numbers 11-19)
Measurement/Data:

Classify and sort objects
Describe and compare measurable attributes

Geometry: Identify and describe shapes

 

Writing
Text Types/Purposes:

Support an OPINION; INFORM or EXPLAIN a topic; Develop a NARRATIVE

Production/Distribution of Writing: Produce coherent writing; Revise writing
Use digital tools in writing
Research to Build/Present Knowledge: Participate in shared research and writing projects
Recall or gather information to answer a question

More Information

The National PTA website has valuable information on family involvement in education.  Visit www.pta.org and select the "For Parents" tab.

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