The University of Iowa

Phonics and Word Recognition - Kindergarten

Decode and encode words using letter-sound knowledge and blending (RF.K.3; L.K.2)

  • Decode simple vowel-consonant words (VC) and consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) words
  • Spell simple VC and CVC words
  • Know the common sound of each consonant
  • Know the long and short sounds of vowels

Develop sight word knowledge (RF.K.3; L.K.2)

  • Read and spell grade-appropriate, high frequency irregular words (e.g., "have," "of," "said") from research-based lists