Kindergarten Program: 

5 years by October 


Developing the skills to care for one’s body, belongings, and environment

  • Button, snap, zipper, and tie clothing with increasing independence

  • Organize self, material, and belongings




Managing emotions in a way that enhances personal growth and social relations

  • Exhibit skills of an active member of the class community such as responsibility and trustworthiness.

  • Respect peers, adults, and property.

  • Work independently and stays on task

  • Actively engage in investigation/activities

  • Listen attentively without interrupting

  • Take risks to attempt new tasks

  • Verbalize feelings/manage disappointment

  • Follow directions and instructions

  • Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups




Listening and responding to words, conversations and stories

  • Identify, compare, and discuss story elements within books.

  • Describe relationships between illustrations and text.

  • Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.

  • Recognize and write all upper and lower case letters.

  • Demonstrate letter-sound recognition and apply grade level phonics when decoding words

  • Associate the long and short sounds with common spellings for the five vowels.

  • Read age-appropriate text with understanding.

  • Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative, narrative, and persuasive texts.

  • Participate in shared research and writing projects; recalls information from experiences or gather information to answer a question.

  • Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

  • Ask and answer questions to seek help, get information, or clarify.

  • Describe familiar people, places, things, and events; with prompting, provides additional detail.

  • Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.

  • Apply knowledge of basic rules of punctuation and capitalization as well as English grammar when writing and speaking.




Building a sense of numbers, shapes and space through manipulation and exploration

  • Learn number names and employs 1 on 1 counting, demonstrating sequence, to determine the value of a set.

  • Compare numbers and classify objects into sets.

  • Demonstrate understanding of addition as putting together and subtraction as taking apart.

  • Work with numbers 11-19; building foundation for place value.

  • Understand use of nonstandard and standard measurements.

  • Describe and compare measurable attributes.

  • Identify and describe shapes.

  • Analyze, compare, create, compose shapes.

  • Replicate, execute, create, and extend patterns.

  • Develop an understanding of data collection, recording, and analysis.




Expressing ideas of self through a variety of mediums

  • Participate in art activities and projects

  • Express ideas using 2d and 3d materials

  • Display understanding of color weight, length, and texture.

  • Move body to rhythm.

  • Act out scenarios with peers or individually

  • Demonstrate creativity and individuality in expression.




Developing physical strength, control, and coordination of muscles to accomplish tasks

  • Demonstrate age appropriate coordination and balance when running, jumping, hopping, kicking, and skipping.

  • Demonstrate appropriate hand-eye coordination when throwing and catching.

  • Develop grasp for tools required for writing and drawing.

  • Cut accurately with scissors.

  • Exhibit core strength required to sit at desk and complete written assignments.

  • Show strength and control in small muscles within hands required to complete kindergarten work.




Connecting with our community and the environment

  • Observe the natural world with curiosity and communicate observations.

  • Recognize patterns in the natural world

  • Participate in the scientific process to hypothesize, test, observe, re-test, and report findings.

  • Develop age appropriate understanding of living/non-living things, seasons, plants, birds, senses, motion, and states of matter.

  • Track and discuss the weather.

  • Discuss the interconnectedness of life on Earth in an age appropriate way.

  • Identify continents on maps and globes.

  • Explain how the present is connected to the past in an age appropriate manner.

  • Develop an age appropriate understanding of wants vs. needs, community goods/services, community workers, and family/community structures.




Exposure to universal core values through Jewish holidays, stories and traditions

  • Stories, rituals and lessons appropriate to each of the Jewish holidays

  • Bible stories and lessons

  • Alef-bet letter recognition, and letter formation

  • An assortment of Mitzvot explorations

  • The Land of Israel

  • Weekly Shabbat Celebrations, with homemade Challah bread

  • Makes blessings before eating, and to start the day