The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) can be difficult for parents to navigate and understand.  The National PTA has developed a wonderful website to help inform parents about the basics of the standards and how they can help their children succeed in school.   I have taken the text below directly from their website and provided a link below to additional information about the CCSS provided on their website.

English Language Arts & Literacy

Learning new language skills is a hallmark of kindergarten. Your child will learn about the alphabet and its role in reading. Your child will practice rhyming, matching words with beginning sounds, and blending sounds into words. Practice with these types of activities is a powerful step toward learning to read and spell correctly. The size of your child’s vocabulary is another key factor in his or her ability to read and comprehend books and stories. Your child also will begin to experiment with writing and will be encouraged to use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing letters to share information, ideas, and feelings.

A Sample of What Your Child Will Be Working on in Kindergarten

  • Naming upper- and lower-case letters, matching those letters with their sounds, and printing them
  • Comparing the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories, such as fairy tales and folktales
  • Retelling familiar stories and talking about stories read to them using details from the text
  • Using a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to describe an event, including his or her reaction to what happened
  • Stating an opinion or preference about a topic or book in writing (e.g., “My favorite book is . . .”)
  • Taking part in classroom conversations and following rules for discussions (e.g., learning to listen to others and taking turns when speaking)
  • Speaking clearly to express thoughts, feelings, and ideas, including descriptions of familiar people, places, things, and events
  • Asking and answering questions about key details in stories or other information read aloud
  • Understanding and using question words (e.g., who, what, where, when, why, how) in discussions
  • Learning to recognize, spell, and properly use those little grammatical words that hold the language together (e.g., a, the, to, of, from, I, is, are)



Here is a wonderful video that explains the CCSS for parents.


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