Academics > Curriculum > Kindergarten

    Literacy encompasses speaking and listening, reading, phonics, language and writing. Your child’s progress is assessed in these areas throughout the year. These assessments are carried out through teacher observation, collections of student work samples, and in some instances, paper and pencil tasks.

      Speaking and Listening

      • Stay on topic when answering questions and storytelling 
      • Express self verbally when interacting with others
      • Raise hand and speak one at a time


      • Identify letters of the alphabet (upper and lower case) 
      • Produce sounds for letters
      • Recognize and produce rhyming words 
      • Demonstrate concepts of print
      • Write name
      • Read high frequency words taught
      • Interact during read alouds and book conversations 
      • Use emergent reading skills
      • Retell stories


      • Use language to express thoughts and needs
      • Listen to and understand increasingly complex language 
      • Use social rules of language
      • Writing
      • Use written communication for different purposes 
      • Plan writing with language


      In kindergarten the emphasis is on teaching the child to use appropriate classroom tools so they can become an independent learner. There is also an emphasis on self-help skills, such as zipping, opening snacks and organizing belongings.

      • Demonstrate traveling skills
      • Demonstrate fine motor strength and coordination


      Civic and character education is vitally important to the development of well-rounded students. Our Building Respectful Community (BRC) initiative highlights the values associated with RAISE through which North Andover students will demonstrate respect. They will think about others before speaking or taking any action. They will appreciate the contributions of others, while showing respect for themselves, other people, personal and/or community property, and the environment.

      • North Andover students will demonstrate achievement. They will exercise their best effort and judgment in all activities in which they participate and will set goals that promote positive academic, social, and personal development.
      • North Andover students will demonstrate inclusion. They have a responsibility to break down barriers by inviting new people into teams, circles of friends, and experiences as they work to be a unified, collaborative community.
      • North Andover students will demonstrate service. They believe the growth and improvement of a relationship and community depends on the willingness of others to contribute support to the greater good.
      • North Andover students will demonstrate empathy. They will be aware of and consider another person’s situation, feelings or motives before speaking or taking action.


      Inquiry skills are modeled throughout the curriculum. Children are learning to ask questions and to wonder why. They are also learning to form a hypothesis; i.e., “What would happen if. . . ?” Questions are followed up by observations, recordings and experiments.

      • Demonstrate knowledge of the physical properties of objects and materials
      • Use scientific inquiry skills
      • Use observation and exploration to gain knowledge about the world
      • Demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics of living things

        There is an emphasis on counting and cardinality. Once children learn the names of numbers and count sequentially, they are ready for operations and algebraic thinking, which means understanding simple addition and subtraction. These skills are introduced through stories and games before relying on paper and pencil tasks.

          Counting and Cardinality

          • Count to 100 by ones and tens
          • Count sequentially from any given number
          • Write numbers to represent a group of objects 0-20 
          • Count accurately 20 objects one to one
          • Compare two groups of objects (greater than, less than, or equal)

          Operations and Algebraic Thinking

          • Represent addition and subtraction using objects

          Measurement and Data

          • Describe, compare, and classify objects with measurable attributes


          • Identify, describe and create shapes, both 2D and 3D

          Number and Operations in Base Ten

          • Compose and decompose numbers from 11-19 into tens and ones

          • Demonstrate knowledge about self
          • Show basic understanding of people and how they live 
          • Demonstrate simple geographic knowledge


          By the end of kindergarten students will be able to:

          • Match Pitch
          • Keep a steady beat
          • Sing alone and with the ensemble 
          • Use appropriate musical terms 
          • Move with expression


          By the end of kindergarten students will be able to:

          • Use lines and patterns to create shapes 
          • Identify primary and secondary colors
          • Use fine motor skills through cutting and gluing
          • Construct a 3-D form
          • Recognize a variety of mediums