2012-2013 school year (Georgia)

What your pre-kindergartner needs to know

Academic Skills

Fine Arts

  • Appreciates music; exhibits basic understanding of pitch, rhythm and tempo
  • Draws a recognizable person; draws a self-portrait
  • Enjoys classical music: Bizet's Overture to Carmen and L'Arlesienne, Brahms' Hungarian Dance and Lullaby, Grieg's Peer Gynt, Mozart's Variations on 'Ah vous diral je maman' and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee, Schumann's Dreams, Strauss' Donner & Blitz, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, Vivaldi's Four Seasons (continuation from previous school year)
  • Knows songs and lullabies including A Tisket A Tasket, Bingo, Do You Know the Muffin Man?, Happy Birthday to You, Head and Sholders Knees and Toes, Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush, Hush Little Baby, I Know an Old Lady, If You're Happy and You Know It, I'm a Little Teapot, John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt, Kookaburra, Oh Dear What Can the Matter Be?, Oh Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone, Old McDonald, Pop Goes the Weasel, Row Row Row Your Boat, The Wheels on the Bus, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Yankee Doodle, and You Are My Sunshine (continuation from previous school year)

Foreign Language (Spanish)

  • Habla espanol con la misma facilidad que habla ingles

Health and Physical Education

  • Rides a bicycle

Language Arts (English)

  • Knows classic poems including An Old Person of Ware by Edward Lear, At the Seaside by Robert Louis Stevenson, Singing Time by Rose Fyleman, Higglety Pigglety Pop by Samuel Goodrich, Jack-o-Lantern and Raindrops by Aileen Fisher, Jump or Jiggle by Evelyn Beyer, The Pancake by Christina Rossetti, and The Worm by Ralph Bergengren (continuation from previous school year)
  • Knows nursery rhymes such as Pease Porridge, Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater, Rain Rain Go Away, There Was a Crooked Man, etc. (continuation from previous school year)
  • Knows a wide range of Andersen and Grimm fairy tales
  • Knows verses that emphasize likenesses in beginning sounds (e.g., Peter Piper), clapping along (e.g., Pat-a-Cake, One for the Money, Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?), finger play (e.g., Five Little Monkeys, One Potato Two Potato, The Itsy Bitsy Spider, This Little Piggy Went to Market, Two Little Blackbirds, Where is Thumbkin?), or moving around. (continuation from previous school year)
  • Learns and uses new vocabulary
  • Writes most letters in both upper and lower case


  • Assembles puzzles (48 pieces at start of year, working up to 100 pieces by end of year)
  • Counting: counts by rote to 50; counts down from 10 to 0; begins to count by 2s, 5s and 10s
  • Starts to pay for purchases with coins and/or bills and receives change
  • Understands and repeats complex patterns
  • Writes numbers 1 through 10 (continuation from previous school year)


  • Understands basic science facts (seasons and weather, animals and plants, senses, solar system)

Social Studies

  • Knows basic US History stories: The First Thanksgiving, George Washington and the Cherry Tree (apocryphal), Betsy Ross and the American Flag (apocryphal), Abraham Lincoln
  • Knows basic geography: city, state, country

Non-Academic Skills

Basic Facts

  • Knows days of the week and months of the year (continuation from previous school year)

Personal Knowledge

  • Knows age, birthday, telephone number, street address (continuation from previous school year)
  • Writes first and last name

Social and Emotional Skills

  • Follows rules of complex games

Teaching Resources

  • C. W. Feder, Brain Quest Preschool, 2005, Workman Publishing
  • E. D. Hirsch & L. Bevilacqua, What Your Preschooler Needs to Know: Get Ready for Kindergarten (Core Knowledge Series), 2008, Delta Trade Paperbacks
  • J. E. Moore, Skill Sharpeners - Math, Pre-K, 2005, Evan-Moor Corporation
  • J. E. Moore, Skill Sharpeners - Reading, Pre-K, 2005, Evan-Moor Corporation
  • J. E. Moore, Skill Sharpeners - Spell & Write, Pre-K, 2005, Evan-Moor Corporation
  • L. Onish, Brain Quest Workbook: Pre-K, 2008, Workman Publishing
  • Get Ready for Kindergarten, Book 1 and Book 2, 2010, Trend Enterprises
  • Preschool Basic Concepts, 2011, Carson-Dellosa Publishing
  • Preschool Learning Letters, 2010, Carson-Dellosa Publishing
  • Preschool Math Readiness, 2010, Carson-Dellosa Publishing
  • Preschool Phonics Readiness, 2011, Carson-Dellosa Publishing
  • Preschool Reading Readiness, 2011, Carson-Dellosa Publishing
  • Preschool Writing Readiness, 2011, Carson-Dellosa Publishing
  • Summer Bridge Activities Pre-K to K, 2010, Carson-Dellosa Publishing
  • Summer Bridge Activity Cards Pre-K to K, 2011, Carson-Dellosa Publishing
  • Summer Express Pre-K to K, 2010, Scholastic
  • Summer Fit: Preschool to Kindergarten, 2012, Hess Print Solutions
  • Summertime Learning: Prepare for Grade K, 2010, Teacher Created Resources
  • Summer Study for the Child Going into Kindergarten (2 workbooks), 2005, Sterling Publishing


  • S. Engelmann et al, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, 1983, Simon & Schuster
  • K. Quinn, Testing for Kindergarten, 2010, Simon & Schuster


Snow White and Other Stories (Great Illustrated Classics)
Beauty and the Beast and Other Stories (Great Illustrated Classics)
The Little Mermaid and Other Stories (Great Illustrated Classics)
Sleeping Beauty and Other Stories (Great Illustrated Classics)
Cinderella and Other Stories (Great Illustrated Classics)