At the school i work for by the *end* of K4 (Pre-K) they want the kids to be able to write their name, be able to copy other words onto paper, know all the letter sounds, read at least 20 sight words, be able to count objects to 20, recognize numbers 0-100, recognize shapes both 2d and 3d, know at least a few state capitols, recognize a few presidents and national landmarks, recognize and spell basic colors... among other things.
However we have VERY high standards because we are a certified Montessori school.
When my DD started kindergarten this year at 5 she was expected to know nothing at all. they reviewed everything from colors to letter sounds for the first 9 weeks and are just now starting to actually teach. There are kids in her class who are still mastering latter sounds and shape recognition and that is okay. That is what kindergarten is for, getting everyone on the same level.
at 9:55 PM on Oct. 29, 2013