Dependent upon their previous experience with reading and writing, kindergarten students begin school with differing levels of language skills. Through introduction to various forms of narrative texts-nursery rhymes, poetry, big books, and wordless picture books-in an environment where inherent curiosity is encouraged, a kindergarten student is able to begin a lifelong love of reading that will continue outside the classroom.
In the kindergarten curriculum, students learn to string together letters to express their thoughts and utilize basic punctuation to enhance their expression. Through exposure to real-world experiences and resources, their inquisitive nature leads them to perform basic research and investigation utilizing print and nonprint sources. Communication skills are fostered as children are taught to listen for meaning, follow instructions, and take turns in conversation.