WA Kids - For Kindergarten Families

GOLD® Objectives and Dimensions (WaKIDS)

1. Regulates own emotions and behaviors 
  • Manages feelings
  • Follows limits and expectations
  • Takes care of own needs appropriately 
2. Establishes and sustains positive relationships
  • Interacts with peers
3. Participates cooperatively and constructively in group situations
  • Balances needs and rights of self and others
  • Solves social problems 

4. Demonstrates traveling skills

5. Demonstrates balancing skills

7. Demonstrates fine-motor strength and coordination
  • Uses fingers and hands
  • Uses writing and drawing tools

8. Listens to and understands increasingly complex language
  • Comprehends language
  • Follows directions
9. Uses language to express thoughts and needs
  • Speaks clearly
10. Uses appropriate conversational and other communication skills
  • Engages in conversations

11. Demonstrates positive approaches to learning
  • Attends and engages
  • Persists
  • Solves problems
12. Remembers and connects experiences
  • Recognizes and recalls
13. Uses classification skills

14. Uses symbols and images to represent something not present
  • Thinks symbolically

15. Demonstrates phonological awareness
  • Notices and discriminates rhyme
  • Notices and discriminates smaller and smaller units of sound
16. Demonstrates knowledge of the alphabet
  • Identifies and names letters
  • Uses letter–sound knowledge
17. Demonstrates knowledge of print and its uses
  • Uses print concepts
18. Comprehends and responds to books and other texts
  • Uses emergent reading skills
19. Demonstrates emergent writing skills
  • Writes name

20. Uses number concepts and operations
  • Counts
  • Quantifies
  • Connects numerals with their quantities
21. Explores and describes spatial relationships and shapes
  • Understands shapes


Note: These 20 objectives are a subset of the 38 objectives for development and learning appearing in Teaching Strategies GOLD® Objectives for Development & Learning, Birth Through Kindergarten, © 2010 by Teaching Strategies, LLC, Bethesda, MD. The number associated with the objective corresponds with the GOLD® objective; numbers are missing when the associated GOLD® objective is not part of WaKIDS

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