Kindergarten teachers teach their students basic academic skills, including letter recognition, phonics and phonemic awareness. In addition to these tasks, they help students learn to read and write.
Kindergarten teachers instruct children on basic mathematical concepts. Pupils learn number recognition, simple addition and subtraction, basic fractions, measurement and problem solving. Students in kindergarten also learn social skills, science, arts and humanities, practical living and social studies.
Kindergarten teachers are responsible for leading students through creative play and hands-on activities. They must plan lessons according to the state curriculum and assess students, tailoring their lessons according to the different abilities of children in the classroom. Kindergarten teachers grade papers and conduct parent-teacher conferences as well. They may also sponsor after-school clubs or sports teams.
Kindergarten teachers follow the state curriculum when planning their class activities. Math, reading, creative play and writing are included in their classroom planning. A bachelor's degree and teaching credential are the minimum for kindergarten teachers to educate at this level.