The emphasis at Rowe School is on laying the foundation for Yarmouth Core Values and Life Role Outcomes. As a member of the Rowe School community, your child is working towards being safe, kind, helpful, and polite and developing positive work habits.

Responsible Community Member

  • Shows respect for others (sensitive and tolerant of others, respecting rights & property of others, good manners, works and plays well with others)
  • Shows respect for school environment (materials, workspace, belongings)
  • Follows rules and routines of the school (classroom, playground, and hallways)
  • Exhibits self control
  • Takes responsibility for own actions
  • Contributes positively in a group

Self-Directed Learner

  • Listens attentively to others
  • Follows directions
  • Works independently
  • Uses time constructively
  • Seeks help when necessary
  • Completes work
  • Shows best effort
  • Expresses ideas clearly when speaking


Foundational Skills

Print Concepts

  • Understands basic features of print: left-right, spaces, text-voice match
  • Recognizes and names all capital/lowercase letters of the alphabet

Phonological Awareness

  • Demonstrates understanding of syllables
  • Isolates and pronounces initial, medial, and final sounds (phonemes)
  • Recognizes and produces rhyming words

Phonics and Word Recognition

  • Decodes all consonant sounds
  • Decodes CVC words in isolation
  • Reads grade-appropriate high-frequency words by sight
  • Decodes all short vowel sounds


  • Reads with sufficient fluency and appropriate understanding


  • With prompting, retells stories including beginning, middle, and end
  • Actively engages in group reading activities with purpose and understanding
  • With prompting, identifies the main topic and retells key facts in informational text


Narrative Writing

  • Tells, draws, and writes sequenced stories
  • Draws and writes some details about what happened

Opinion/Persuasive Writing

  • Draws, tells, and writes opinions and preferences about a topic or book

Information Writing

  • Draws, tells, and writes important details about a topic
  • With support, gathers information and explains using pictures/labels/words

Language Conventions

  • Spells words relying on most obvious sounds
  • Spells grade level high frequency words (e.g., to, a, the)
  • Recognizes and names end punctuation
  • Capitalizes the first word in a sentence and the pronoun “I”
  • Writes legibly and efficiently

Revision and Editing

  • With support, adds details to strengthen writing as needed


The following goals are at the core of our Kindergarten curriculum. Please note that these are important goals, but they are not the only concepts to which students will be exposed at this grade level. Students will have a rich curriculum, and their experiences in math will introduce them to many new concepts that will deepen over time.

Counting and Cardinality

  • Know number names and the count sequence
  • Count to tell the number of objects
  • Compare numbers

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Understand addition as putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from

Number and Operations in Base Ten

  • Work with numbers 11-19 to gain foundations for place value

Measurement and Data

  • Describe and compare measurable attributes
  • Classify objects and count the number of objects in each category


  • Identify and describe shapes
  • Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes