Home learnin’ standards

With age 4 so fast approaching I start thinking about age 5 and that means KINDERGARDEN OMG SCHOOL AGED KID. So then I hop on ol’ Google and search for learning standards until my eyes cross and my thoughts fuzz over and I no longer care. For the sake of saving some of the info I’ve found, here’s a great link that I plopped onto Pinterest that outlines the Common Core Standards for grades K-5…



I also found a fine little brochure that outlines the standards for Illinois kindergarden. At the end it even lists the expectations for ages 3-5 which is quite timely to make sure we’re currently hitting all the points that we should be in our informal home learning to date. I’ve copied and pasted those points below for my own reference…


Language Arts

  • Understand that pictures and symbols have meaning and that print carries a message.
  • Understand that reading progresses from left to right and top to bottom.
  • Identify labels and signs in the environment.
  • Identify some letters, including those in own name.
  • Make some letter-sound matches.
  • Predict what will happen next using pictures and content for guides.
  • Begin to develop phonological awareness by participating in rhyming activities.
  • Recognize separable and repeating sounds in spoken language.
  • Retell information from a story.
  • Respond to simple questions about reading material.
  • Demonstrate understanding of literal meaning of stories by making comments.
  • Understand that different text forms, such as magazines, notes, lists, letters, and story books, are used for different purposes.
  • Show independent interest in reading-related activities.
  • Use scribbles, approximations of letters, or known letters to represent written language.
  • Dictate stories and experiences.
  • Use drawing and writing skills to convey meaning and information.
  • Listen with understanding and respond to directions and conversations.
  • Communicate needs, ideas and thoughts.
  • Seek answers to questions through active exploration.
  • Relate prior knowledge to new information.
  • Communicate information with others.


  • Use concepts that include number recognition, counting and one-to-one correspondence.
  • Count with understanding and recognize “how many” in sets of objects.
  • Solve simple mathematical problems.
  • Explore quantity and number.
  • Connect numbers to quantities they represent using physical models and representations.
  • Make comparisons of quantities.
  • Demonstrate a beginning understanding of measurement using non-standard units and measurement words.
  • Construct a sense of time through participation in daily activities.
  • Show understanding of and use comparative words.
  • Incorporate estimating and measuring activities into play.
  • Sort and classify objects by a variety of properties.
  • Recognize, duplicate and extend simple patterns, such as sequences of sounds, shapes and colors.
  • Begin to order objects in series or rows.
  • Participate in situations that involve addition and subtraction using manipulatives.
  • Describe qualitative change, such as measuring to see who is growing taller.
  • Recognize geometric shapes and structures in the environment.
  • Find and name locations with simple words, such as “near”.
  • Represent data using concrete objects, pictures, and graphs.
  • Make predictions about what will happen next.
  • Gather data about themselves and their surroundings.


  • Uses senses to explore and observe materials and natural phenomena.
  • Collect, describe and record information.
  • Use scientific tools such as thermometers, balance scales and magnifying glasses for investigation.
  • Become familiar with the use of devices incorporating technology.
  • Investigate and categorize living things in the environment.
  • Show an awareness of changes that occur in themselves and their environment.
  • Describe and compare basic needs of living things.
  • Make comparisons among objects that have been observed.
  • Describe the effects of forces in nature (e.g. wind, gravity and magnetism).
  • Use common weather-related vocabulary (e.g. rainy, snowy, sunny, windy).
  • Participate in recycling in their environment.
  • Identify basic concepts associated with night/day and seasons.
  • Begin to understand basic safety practices.
  • Express wonder and ask questions about their world.
  • Begin to be aware of technology and how it affects their lives.

Social Science

  • Recognize the reasons for rules.
  • Participate in voting as a way of making choices.
  • Develop an awareness of roles of leaders in their environment.
  • Identify community workers and the services they provide.
  • Begin to understand the use of trade to obtain goods and services.
  • Recall information about the immediate past.
  • Locate objects and places in familiar environments.
  • Express beginning geographic thinking.
  • Recognize similarities and differences in people.
  • Understand that each of us belongs to a family and recognize that families vary.

Physical Development and Health

  • Engage in active play using gross motor skills.
  • Engage in active play using fine motor skills.
  • Coordinate movements to perform complex tasks.
  • Follow simple safety rules while participating in activities.
  • Participate in developmental activities related to physical fitness.

Taking a walk down family video memory lane

I’m in awe that we went from this squishy little baby…

That strummed Daddy’s guitar…

And became a masterful escape artist…

And started WALKING…

And was oh-so-hilariously chatty…

Who could sign…

And freaking LOVED this book…

We went on so many evening walks once she could walk with us…

Getting chattier yet…

We found her slide on the curb and it was endlessly entertaining for months…

And snow! “More Daddy ball!”

And dancing!

And puddles!

And more baths!

More guitar 🙂

And dancing, of course…

Walking both dogs…

And oh, the music she played/plays…

I’m amazed how she went from this in spring 2012…

To this in fall 2012…

And how she fearlessly sledded alone head-first this past weekend…

And then sat down and read some Bob Books from the library…

And her fourth birthday is sneaking up so soon. Eee!