Manitoba
MY CHILD IN SCHOOL
MY CHILD IN SCHOOL – Informed Parent, Involved Parent

KINDERGARTEN: ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

What your child is learning

In Kindergarten, your child learns that objects, things, and “talk” can be represented through pictures and print. He or she learns to communicate ideas in many ways, such as through sharing ideas with classmates, using drawings and labels, singing, and writing.

Your child begins to use different strategies to make sense of ideas and learns to question whether information and ideas are realistic or imaginary.

Your child experiments with letters, sounds, and words and learns to write down letters, use letters on the keyboard and recognize his or her own name. Your child also learns to connect sounds with letters in words.

Participating in making class plans and thinking of ways to help others are important goals for Kindergarten children. To find out more about what your child is learning, talk to the teacher.

You may also refer to the Manitoba curriculum documents.

How your child is assessed

Your child’s teacher will assess children on their ability to understand and communicate. The teacher will report your child’s progress in areas such as how your child

  • shares ideas, feelings and asks questions;
  • understands stories, information and ideas;
  • talks about what might be real or imaginary;
  • understands symbols;
  • follows, remembers and gives directions;
  • uses actions and drawings to communicate his or her own ideas or information about a topic or story that has been read out loud;
  • draws letters and connects them to sounds and writes his or her name;
  • repeats words, sentences, poems or songs;
  • listens actively to others and works with others in group activities.

Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

How do children learn to read and write?

How can I help my child? What tips can I use to help my child learn to read?

Where can I get support in helping my child to read and write?

Why is critical thinking important at this age?