In kindergarten we focus on building foundational reading skills such as learning all letters and sounds, mastering kindergarten sight words, and identifying the beginning, middle and ending sounds of words. Once students have learned letter sounds and sight words, they will begin to sound out new words and read whole sentences! When reading stories we will work to retell story events, identify characters, setting and problems in the story. We will also focus on finding and producing rhyming words, and spelling and writing our sight words.
In math we will be working on mastering basic math skills such as identifying and writing numbers 0-100, counting aloud from 0-100, adding and subtracting using numbers 0-20, and solving story problems. We will also work on counting objects, creating patterns, sorting objects by their characteristics and identifying shapes and colors.
During our writers workshop time students will work on writing their first and last name, writing all upper and lowercase letters, and creating illustrations with labels and important details. Later students will be writing their own sentences using sight words and by sounding out words to spell on their own.
Reading At Home Practice
Weekly Sight Word Practice:
I will send home a packet of our kindergarten sight words for students to cut out and practice at home with family members. Please make it a goal to read through your student’s sight words with them at least 3 times a week. This practice should take no more than 5-10 minutes.
Weekly Letter Practice:
If your student is still learning the names and sounds of letters please make it a goal to practice going through their alphabet flashcards each week. Students should be able to name the letter and give the letter sound of all letters by the end of the year.
Reading At Home:
Please encourage your child to read at home for 5-10 minutes a day. They can read independently, with a sibling, parent or another family member or friend. Any reading time will greatly help their reading development.
After reading a book ask your child about what they read.
What was this story about? Who were the character?
Where was the setting? What was the problem?
Can you find any sight words in this book?
What happened first? In the middle? At the end?
**These are the kinds of questions we will answer in class, and students will answer these questions independently on the winter MAP test.**
Any flashcard practice or reading time can be counted and logged on your child’s BookIt! Calendar.
List of Kindergarten Sight Words (We will learn them in this order):
I a my the go to like he come here this me
for where do you look one see what two up down
we want out who are they she good and there give
little that have
Math Practice At Home:
Number Recognition: Students should be able to name the following numbers by the end of kindergarten:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20
***If you would like number flashcards sent home let me know and I will make your family a set.***
Counting Objects: Give your child the opportunity to practice counting objects at home. Give them a number between 1-10 and see if they can count out that many objects correctly. Once they master 1-10, see if they can count objects from 11-20.
- Encourage them to count the objects in rows of 5 and/or rows of 10.
(7 is 5 and 2 more ***** **, 14 is 10 and 4 more ***** ***** ****)
- Fun Objects to Count: Cereal, candy, snacks, legos, cars, blocks, dolls, crayons, markers, books, etc.
Oral Counting: Encourage your child to count for you aloud. By the end of kindergarten all students are expected to count from 1-100 without help or assistance.
- Great Places To Count Out Loud: In the car, waiting in line at the store, while washing hands, picking up toys, during dinner/meals, etc.
Name Writing: Encourage your child to practice writing their first and last time. We are working on writing our name using uppercase letters only on the first letter and the rest lowercase. Example: Kait Erickson
Online Homework Ideas:
- Go to out class website - http://mockingbird.ralstonschools.org/staff_websites/kindergarten/kait_erickson
- Click on Useful Links
- Listed on my page are about 20 free educational games students can use at home to practice reading and math skills.