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First Trimester Kindergarten Skills

Kindergarten is an exciting year in your child’s life!  It will be full of learning, sharing, and growing together.  Practice at home is a crucial part of your child’s success in kindergarten.  Below are the skills we will focus on during the first trimester.  Please use the links on this website as resources to assist you in practicing these skills at home.  Happy learning!   

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Reading:

  • Quickly identify the letters of the alphabet (capital and lower case).
  • Say the sound of each letter of the alphabet (capital and lower case).
  • Identify and read priority words in text.
  • Answer questions about a book.  Who are the characters?  Where does the story take place?  What did the characters do in the story?  What do you think will happen next?

 

Writing:

  • Begin each sentence with a capital letter, followed by lower case letters.
  • Use a space between each word.
  • Correctly spell priority words we have already introduced.
  • Stretch and write the sounds in an unknown word.  (Students should be able to identify and write the beginning and end sound of each word.)
  • Draw a picture to match the story.

 

Math:

  • Count by 1s to 100 (The goal for the first marking period is to count from 1 to 50).
  • Count by 10s to 100
  • Identify and write numbers from 0 to 20.
  • Play math games that involve counting dice dots or game board spaces.
  • Identify and draw shapes (circle, square, rectangle, and triangle).

 


  

Reading/ 100 Book Challenge:

  • Continue to have your child read their 100 Book Challenge books each night! Practice makes perfect.
  • Have your child take a “picture walk” through their book before they read. The pictures will give them clues about what will happen in the story.  Have them make a prediction about what they think may happen before you begin to read.
  • Encourage your student to use their reading finger to tap under each word as he/she reads.
  • If your child comes to an unknown word while reading, have them get their mouth ready for the first sound.  Remind them to look at the picture clues.  Have them stretch the sounds of the word. 
  • After your child has read their 100 Book Challenge Books or after you have read your child their library book, ask them comprehension questions about the story.  Some good questions are: “Who were the characters in the story?”, “Where did the story take place?”, “What happened in the beginning, middle, and end of the story?”

Word Work:

  • Identify the name of each letter (capital and lower case).
  • Say the sound of each letter of the alphabet (capital and lower case).
  • Identify and read our kindergarten words in text.

Writing:

  • Practice writing two to three sentences about one event.  Great ideas to write about may include:  their family, their pets, a family vacation, or what they like about school.
  • Remind your student to use a capital letter at the beginning of a sentence and punctuation at the end.
  • Hold your child responsible for correctly writing the priority words we have already introduced.
  •  If your child is writing and comes to a word they do not know how to spell, encourage your child to stretch the sounds in the word and write the sounds they hear.  Reassure them that it is okay to take a guess if they are unsure. 

Math:

  • Count by 1’s and 10’s to 100 (The goals for the second marking period are to count from 1 to 50 by 1’s and to count to 100 by 10’s).
  • Identify and write numbers from 0 to 20.
  • Play math games that involve counting dice dots or game board spaces.
  • Identify and draw shapes (circle, oval, square, rectangle, and triangle).

 

I am so VERY proud of how hard your child has been working in my classroom!!  Thank you for your continued support of our Kindergarten program!