Kindergarten Curriculum

  • Each day, kindergarteners will be challenged to develop their skills across the curriculum. Oregon State Standards outline the concepts students are learning throughout the year supported by developmentally appropriate best practices to meet the needs of diverse learners.


    Explicit instruction in the foundational reading skills is provided through individual, small group and whole group learning experiences. Through the integration of Common Core English Language Arts Standards (Source: ODE Standards website: Oregon English Language Arts and Literacy), research based practices and the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Into Reading curriculum, students are instructed in all areas of literacy learning:

    Phonological Awareness

    • Child demonstrates awareness that spoken language is composed of words and their smaller segments of sound.

    Print and Alphabet Knowledge

    • Child demonstrates an understanding of how print is used (functions of print) and the rules that govern how print works (conventions of print).
    • Child identifies letters of the alphabet and produces correct sounds associated with letters.

    Phonics & Word Recognition

    • Child demonstrates knowledge and application of beginning phonics and word analysis skills in decoding CVC words.
    • Child reads common grade-appropriate high-frequency words by sight.

    Comprehension and Text Structure

    • Child demonstrates an understanding of narrative text structure through storytelling/re-telling and identifying story elements: character, setting, major events.
    • Child demonstrates an understanding of informational text structure through identifying main idea and key details of a text.
    • Child asks and answers questions about a book that was read aloud.


    • Child writes for a variety of purposes using increasingly sophisticated representation, conventions, organization and topic development of narrative, informational and opinion modes.

    Attending and Understanding

    • Child attends to communication and language from others.
    • Child understands and responds to increasingly complex communication and language from others.

    Communicating and Speaking

    • Child varies the amount of information provided to meet the demands of the situation.
    • Child understands, follows, and uses appropriate social and conversational rules.
    • Child expresses self in increasingly long, detailed, and sophisticated ways.


    • Child understands and uses a wide variety of words for a variety of purposes.
    • Child shows understanding of word categories and relationships among words.


    Mathematics provides a foundation for the learning of science and technology as well as for the interpretation of quantitative information in other subjects. It teaches how to reason logically and develops skills that students can carry into other disciplines and many situations in real life. Mathematics helps students understand how the world works while exposing them to some of its unanswered mysteries. Ensuring all students develop a solid foundation in mathematics is our challenge. (source: ODE Standards website:

    Lake Oswego uses enVisionMath for kindergarten, which addresses Common Core rigor in a way that's easy for students to understand. Kindergarten math curriculum covers these Common Core Standards:

    Counting and Cardinality

    • Child knows number names and the count sequence.
    • Child recognizes the number of objects in a small set.
    • Child understands the relationship between numbers and quantities.
    • Child compares numbers.
    • Child associates a quantity with written numerals and begins to write numbers.

    Operations and Algebraic Thinking 

    • Child understands addition as adding to and understands subtraction as taking away from.
    • Child understands simple patterns.

    Number and Operations in Base Ten 

    • Child works with numbers 11 to 19 to gain foundations for place value.

    Measurement and Data 

    • Child measures objects by their various attributes using standard and non-standard measurement and uses differences in attributes to make comparisons.
    • Child classifies objects into given categories; counts the number of objects in each category and sorts the categories by count. (Limit category counts to be less than or equal to 10.)

    Geometry and Spatial Sense 

    • Child identifies, describes, compares, and composes shapes.
    • Child explores the positions of objects in space.


    THE GREAT BODY SHOP is a comprehensive health education curriculum which is sequential, developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive, and medically accurate. The lessons align with Oregon’s Health Education Standards and are embedded with social-emotional learning.


    Social Studies is an on-going interactive curriculum that is integrated throughout the kindergarten day. The National Geographic language arts program is packed with activities that promote community, awareness, positive social clues, vocabulary development and discovery of the uniqueness of the people and environment around us.


    MYSTERY SCIENCE is a curriculum aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and supports Common Core. It features rigorous lessons in science and enginerring that inspire students to love science. Each Mystery begins with a question that is explored through hands-on scientific investigations, discussion questions, engaging videos and experiences that connect to real-world phenomena and include the following disciplinary core ideas:

    • From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
    • Earth’s Systems
    • Earth and Human Activity
    • Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
    • Energy
    • Engineering Design 


    All students visit the library to hear stories and check out books. Parents are encouraged to share the book with their child.


    Kindergarten students in Lake Oswego receive music instruction from a music specialist. A planned, balanced program includes creative rhythmic experiences, listening, appreciation, participation in singing games and dances, and having opportunities to play instruments.


    Kindergarten students in Lake Oswego receive physical education instruction from a P.E. specialist. A planned, balanced program includes the opportunities to develop fine and gross motor skills, cooperation, participation, good sportsmanship, self-control, listening skills, and practice following game rules.