The gateway between the preschool years and kindergarten can feel much larger than just a transition from one year to the next. Kindergarten Communication develpemental milestone mark the journey of formal education, and there are many skills and tools of communication that should be further developing during these years.
- Can spell and print his own name
- Can print letters to form words (does not have to master spelling)
- Draws pictures to emphasize points and ideas that go along with words, stories, or ideas
- Is engaged with books by listening to stories read aloud and following along with pictures
- Begins to recognize simple, high frequency words
- Can make predictions about what will happen next
- Participates in conversations which complete sentences and ideas
- Begins to understand idioms used in conversation (it’s raining cats and dogs) and other word games
- Understands opposites and the idea of groups or categories
- Maintains eye contact during conversations
- Asks questions that require more than a yes/no answer
- Answers questions with more than a yes/no response
- Can begin to match spoken words to written words (or word/picture combinations)
- Begins to understand and identify individual word sounds (i.e. the first sound of “bat” is “buh”)
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