Tennessee’s academic standards are used for English language arts, math, science, and social studies. Visit the Tennessee Department of Education website to access them. Learning goals are based on these standards.
Some of the academic standards for reading/language arts include recognizing and writing alphabet letters, using letter sounds and other clues to read simple words, answering questions about details in stories, speaking clearly to express thoughts, feelings, and ideas, and using a combination of drawing, dictating and writing to create a story. In math, children count, sort and classify objects, compare quantities, identify and describe basic shapes, add and subtract small numbers and use addition and subtraction to solve word problems. In science, children explore the world around them, including plants and animals. They build knowledge based on experiences with their families, schools, and communities in social studies.
In addition to these academic goals, kindergarteners continue to develop skills for collaboration and adjusting to a classroom environment. In FSSD, the focus is on the whole child, including their physical, social, emotional and academic growth. Experiences in movement, art and music are a vital part of the kindergarten curriculum.