I've seen some blog posts popping up about the Common Core State Standards and there seems to be a mixed bag of feelings about them. I've become pretty familiar with them as part of a curriculum committee and I agree that they can be a little intimidating at first glance. Once you get to the bare bones however, I think the standards will really help teachers focus on what students need and ensure that they are challenged. Earlier today, Marlana over at Lil' Country Kindergarten was looking for a basic list of kindergarten standards without all the padding and background information. I have a version that I created to hand out to parents after a bevy of questions about the standards (I thought I would hand it out at Open House.) I'm going to send over to her, and I thought some of you might like it too. I made it "kindergarten-y" in the hopes that it would inform parents without scaring them to death. If you think you could use it as a parent handout or just as a resource for yourself, help yourself to a copy. Have a great night!