Welcome to Kindergarten!
I'm Ms. Brown and I am so glad that your child is in my class this year! If at any time you have a question, please feel free to contact me at the email listed above.
Important Days to Remember
What can you do to help your child at home???
*Ask your child daily what they are learning about in school!
*Read to and with your child daily! Ask questions when you read.
Here are some great questions to ask:
Who are the characters in the story?
Where is the story taking place?
What happened in the beginning, middle and end of the story?
What was your favorite part and why?
What was the problem in the story and how was it solved?
What does this story make you think of?
Is this book like another book you've read?
Please remember to read with your child 15 minutes daily!!! It is so important that they read everyday!!!
Let your child help you write the grocery list. This gives them more practice with writing, and we can never get enough practice.
Have your child write you a letter instead of always "telling" you about their day. Again, this gives them more practice with writing.
Have your child count various objects in your house. (1-30)
Have your child sort things by color, shape, size, and by their own rule (such as, things you wear, eat, play with, etc.)
Find patterns in your home and let your child help you. Also, see if your child can continue/extend a pattern that you create.
Please remember to send a healthy snack with your child daily!!
Kindergartners can ALWAYS use…
Zip-Loc baggies, all sizes!
Play-doh brand dough
Thank you so much for your support!
What are we learning about in Kindergarten?
*Letter sounds/zoo phonics
*Book and Print Awareness
*High Frequency Words
*Numeral Recognition and Formation 1-100
*Counting one-to-one correspondence
*Rote counting 1-100
*Days of the Week
*Months of the Year
*Sorting and telling the rule
*Same & Different
When working with your child at home making their numbers, use these catchy rhymes to help you!
1 Straight line down. Then we're done. That's the way to make a 1. 2 Around and back on the railroad track. Two! Two! Two! Two! 3 Around a tree. Around a tree/ That's the way to make a 3. 4 Down and over and down once more. That's the way to make a 4. 5 Straight line down then around. Hat on top and five's a clown. 6 Sticks and a hoop do the tricks. That's the way to make a 6. 7 Across the sky and down from heaven. That's the way to make a 7. 8 Make an S and do not wait, Go back up to make an 8. 9 Make a circle and then a line. That's the way to make a 9. 10 Straight line down then around with a grin. That's the way to make a 10.
Reading Language Arts
This program teaches kids to read, write, and spell. The Zoo-phonics Program teaches the alphabet using a cast of Animal characters and sounds, and a body movement that directly relates to the Animal/Letter, allowing children to utilize the alphabet immediately
A - allie alligator, B - bubba bear, C- catina cat, D - deedee deer, E - ellie elephant
F- francy fish, G - gordo gorilla, H - honey horse, I - inny inchworm, J - jerry jellyfish
K - kayo kangaroo, L - lizzy lizard, M - missy mouse, N - nigel nightowl, O - olive octopus
P - peewee penguin, Q - queeny quail, R - robby rabbit, S - sammy snake, T - timothy tiger
U - umber umbrella bird, V - vincent vampire bat, W - willie weasel, X - xavier fox, Y - yancy yak, Z - zeke zebra
Reading Strategies: Distinguish between letters and numbers
Comprehension Skills: Author and Illustrator
Vocabulary: sentence, period, exclamation mark, question mark
Concepts of Print: Write name, capitalize first word, end punctuation
Writing: sentences start with capital letters/ end punctuation
Book and print awareness concepts to point out when reading to your child: Title, front and back of the book, Author, Illustrator, where to begin reading, first word and last word in a sentence, period, question mark, exclamation mark,and quotation marks. We will also learn about characters in a story and the setting of a story.
We will learn the proper way to print our letters and how to write our first and last name. Please remember to practice only using capitals at the beginning of your name! :)
Social Studies and Science:
Change over time
Please work on these basic kindergarten skills:
tying shoes zipping coats
home address home phone number
formation of uppercase and lowercase letters
birthday days of the week
months of the year
writing first and last name correctly (using a capital only at the beginning)
The following words are the 25 high frequency words that your child will learn to read AND spell this year:
of and a to in is you that
it he was for on are as with
his they I at be this have from the