4MyLearn Kindergarten "I can" Statements

Kindergarten Reading Program

Phonemic Awareness, Word Recognition and Fluency

I can hear and say rhyming words and patterns.
I can hear and say different sounds in words like the beginning consonant.
I can say the sounds that letters make.
I can name all capital and lower-case letters.
I can mimic reading stories that I have already heard.
I can read my own first and last name.
I can read Kindergarten sight words by sight.
I can identify the number of syllables by clapping, snapping or counting.
I can recognize the difference between a word and a letter.

Acquisition of Vocabulary

I can use pictures or the meaning of the story to understand new words.
I can recognize words, signs and symbols seen in everyday life.
I can identify color words, number words and directional words.
I can with help, use a beginner’s dictionary to learn what words mean.

Reading Processes: Print Concepts and Comprehension and Self-Monitoring Strategies

I can hold a book right side up, turn the pages front to back and read the word left to right.
I can draw pictures to show I understand text (story or information text).
I can remember facts from a story by putting pictures or events in order.
I can understand that print has meaning, provides information or tells a story.
I can tell about my favorite books and participate in shared readings.
I can tell the difference between illustration and print.
I can tell what will probably happen next in a story.
I can tell similarities and differences in stories I read also using information I already know.
I can answer questions after hearing a grade-level text (story or informational text) read aloud.
I can ask and answer questions about the stories I read.

Reading Applications: Informational, Technical and Persuasive Text

I can use pictures to understand text.
I can follow simple directions.
I can put events in order after reading or listening to text.
I can tell the main idea of a selection I have heard.
I can identify and discuss simple maps, charts, and graphs.

Reading Applications: Literary Text

I can identify my favorite books.
I can identify the characters and setting in a story.
I can retell or act out a story I have heard.
I can recognize the difference between fantasy and reality.
I can find patterns in stories.

Writing Processes

I can find writing ideas by talking with others.
I can choose a topic for writing.
I can identify the audience for my writing.
I can organize ideas.
I can write from left to right and top to bottom.
I can use correct sentence structure.
I can reread my own writing.
I can use resources like word walls (words I display in a visible area or keep in a box) to
spell words correctly.
I can rewrite and illustrate writing samples for display.

Writing Applications

I can dictate or write simple stories.
I can name or label objects or places.
I can write left to right and top to bottom.
I can dictate or create writing for various purposes.

Writing Conventions

I can print capital and lower-case letters.
I can leave spaces between words.
I can try to spell words using letter names and sounds.
I can use some ending consonant sounds when writing.
I can place punctuation marks at the end of sentences.


I can ask questions about a topic being studied or an area of interest.
I can with help, use books or observations to gather information.
I can with help, recall information about a topic.
I can share my findings.

Oral and Visual Communication

I can listen to speakers, stories, poems and songs.
I can connect what is heard with previous learning.
I can follow simple oral directions.
I can speak clearly and understandably.
I can share a presentation with a beginning, middle and end.
I can recite short poems, songs and nursery rhymes.