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7/5/2009 11:20:00 AM
Madison County literacy: What every child should know

Herald Bulletin

For The Herald Bulletin

Madison County public school systems have agreed on a list of skills that children should have upon entering kindergarten. The Born Learning Connection provides posters listing these skills that parents can use to chart their child's progress.


- I can match two of the same pictures within a group (matching game).

- I can put at least three pictures in order.

- I can sort things that go together.

- I can sort things by shape, color or size.

- I can do a simple 4-piece puzzle.

- I know five colors.

- I can repeat a simple pattern.

- I can retell a simple story.

- I can recite a simple song, poem or nursery rhyme.


- I know I am a boy/girl.

- I know my first and last name.

- I can tell you my age.

- I can tell you my parents' first and last names.

- I can brush my teeth, get dressed and go to the bathroom by myself.

- I can be away from mom and dad.

- I can take turns and share.


- I can use scissors to cut out simple pictures.

- I know how to hold and use a crayon/pencil.

- I am trying to write the letters in my name.

- I can copy some symbols (0, +, -, x)

- I can hope, jump, run, catch, roll and bounce a ball


- I can speak clearly and in complete sentences.

- I know at least 10 letters.

- I know my name when I see it.

- I can follow at least two-step directions.

- I understand like/different, top/bottom, first/last, big/little, up/down.

- I can recognize familiar signs (stop, Taco Bell).

- I know two words that rhyme.

- I can draw pictures and tell you about them.

- I know how to hold a book. I can show you the top and bottom, beginning and end, and left and right.


- I can count from one to 10.

- I know at least three shapes.

- I can count at least five things.

- I can match the number of things from one to five with the right number.

- I can put numbers from one to five in order.

- I can understand more and less up to five things.

- I can add and take away using up to five things.

- Approved by Alexandria, Anderson, Elwood, Frankton-Lapel and South Madison schools.

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