Typical Communication Development: Kindergarten

  • Your Child's Communication: Kindergarten

    By the end of kindergarten your child should be able to do the following:


    §  Follow 1-2 simple directions in a sequence

    §  Listen to and understand age-appropriate stories read aloud

    §  Follow a simple conversation


    §  Be understood by most people

    §  Answer simple "yes/no" questions

    §  Answer open-ended questions (e.g., "What did you have for lunch today?")

    §  Retell a story or talk about an event

    §  Participate appropriately in conversations

    §  Show interest in and start conversations


    §  Know how a book works (e.g., read from left to right and top to bottom in English)

    §  Understand that spoken words are made up of sounds

    §  Identify words that rhyme (e.g., cat and hat)

    §  Compare and match words based on their sounds

    §  Understand that letters represent speech sounds and match sounds to letters

    §  Identify upper- and lowercase letters

    §  Recognize some words by sight

    §  "Read" a few picture books from memory

    §  Imitate reading by talking about pictures in a book


    §  Print own first and last name

    §  Draw a picture that tells a story and label and write about the picture

    §  Write upper- and lowercase letters (may not be clearly written)