My son is in kindergarten, and he's on his way to learning his letters, numbers, reading, printing his name, respect in the classroom, on the playground, for quiet time, his teachers, parents and so on and so forth. So what should he know by the time he starts grade one? I think he should know himself and his needs. Okay might sound strange, but I am teaching my son who can be shy and sometimes act up and hide due to his special needs, that he has a voice and should use it. His needs and wants can only be met if he has his voice, and communicating with others, his peers will only come if uses his voice (words) to explain things. We talk with our mouths not with our hands is something taught to our son early on, and I want that to continue. I want him to know that his voice is special, unique, powerful and if used correctly to ask questions, share insights, can provide him with long lasting efforts in school.