Does you child have good Core Strength?

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It’s January and we are all working out, regaining what the holidays took away, well actually what the holidays added, I should say.  But what about our children and this second half of the year?  As in any workout program these days we always hear about “strengthening our core” so our programs at the gym focus on that.

Now that 47 states have adopted the Common Core Standards, (CCS) it’s time to ask ourselves if our child has good core skills.

It took only a minute to get online and look up the CCS of Utah. However, the documents themselves would take about a half an hour to print. If we think back to the size of a phonebook, the Common Core Standards end up being about that thick when stacked on top of each other.

With these new standards come high expectations, so it’s important that parents are aware of where their child should be. This article will outline just a few of the Kindergarten and First Grade expectations.

Kindergarten Math benchmarks-

  • Count to 100 by ones and by tens.
  • Count forward beginning from a given number within the known sequence
  • Write numbers from 0 to 20. Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0-20
  • Describe measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object.
  • Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has “more of”/“less of” the attribute, like taller/shorter.
  • Classify objects into given categories; count the numbers of objects in each category and sort the categories by count.
  • Add and subtract small numbers.
  • Recognize and name 10 shapes

Kindergarten Language Arts benchmarks

  • Writing the letters and knowing all of the letter sounds
  • Reading and spelling 100 sight words
  • Recognize and produce rhyming words.
  • Count, pronounce, blend, and segment syllables in spoken words.
  • Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme words.
  • Add or substitute individual sounds (phonemes) in simple, one-syllable words to make new words.

First Grade Math benchmarks-

  • Add within 100, including adding a two-digit number and a one-digit number.
  • Understand that in adding two-digit numbers, one adds tens and tens, ones and ones; and sometimes it is necessary to compose a ten.
  •  Given a two-digit number, mentally find 10 more or 10 less than the number, without having to count; explain the reasoning used.
  • Subtract multiples of 10 in the range 10-90 from multiples of 10 in the range 10-90.
  • Understanding word problems that involve adding and subtracting

First Grade Language Arts benchmarks-

  • Recognize the distinguishing features of a sentence (e.g., first word, capitalization, ending punctuation).
  • Use phonic skills to read and write unfamiliar words
  • Identify the main idea and recall details in a story
  • Write about a topic with a good opening and closing thought
  • Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  •  Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.

If you suspect your child may not be up to par on any of these standards, it’s time to put a “workout plan” in place in order to get your child into great Core shape!

Take the processing and reading test on our website, www.ucanconnect.org. See how your child stacks up!

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