The term “homework” should be thought of differently when considering your child is in Kindergarten. A bundle of worksheets will NOT be coming home for your child to complete each night. Please think about “Home Learning” as activities, games, and conversations taking place to reinforce the work being done in class. Projects will be sent home from time to time that will need to be returned to school, but for the most part, the work being done at home will stay at home. The Home Learning suggestions are just that…suggestions! The beauty of this is that you can cater your weekly activities to your child’s interest as well as your busy schedules. The most important thing to remember when working with your child at home is to stay engaged and HAVE FUN!!!
Our Class List: K WOW Words
By the end of Kindergarten your child will be required to read 85 of the first 100 FRY words. They will need to read the words in both isolation and within context. Check the BEE Folder for the words we will be focusing on each week. Click on the link below for some fun ways to practice reading these words at home! http://childhood101.com/2013/09/sight-words-activity-ideas/
50 Fun Ways to Learn the Alphabet: http://handsonaswegrow.com/50-alphabet-activities/
We sing the Florida Alphabet in class. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TU5Oc00XSU
READ, READ, READ:
Make reading fun!
Read together everyday.
Tell your child, “You are a good reader!”
Read to your child so that they can observe a fluent reader.
ASK QUESTIONS BEFORE READING:
What do you predict this book will be about? What makes you say that?
What do you predict will happen to the character on the cover? Why?
ASK QUESTIONS WHILE READING:
Why does the boy look sad? What else does the picture show me?
What does “endangered” mean?
What do you think will happen next? Why do you think that?
POINT TO THE WORDS:
This will help your child match the print to the words. Have him/her point as he/she reads (this is most important at the beginning levels and can be eliminated as he/she becomes a fluent reader).
Own Life: *That cat reminds me of Jenny’s cat; this reminds me of dinner at our house.
Other Books: *Charlotte the spider is smart and helpful, but Anansi the spider is tricky.
Real World: *Animals on farms do a lot of work, just like the ox on grandpa’s farm.
You can get a journal to keep at home so your child can practice genre writing each week. We will be starting with Narrative writing, which is simply writing a story about something they have done by including the events in order. More information will be shared on what this should look like. For now you can practice simple events such as “I went to the beach.” Have your child draw a picture and label each part of the picture. If they can not spell the words, encourage them to write down the beginning and any additional sounds they hear. (It may look like this: I w to the b.) Also encourage your child to use multiple colors in their drawings. Add a neck, ears, hands, and feet. Add clothes to stick figures, add the ground so the figures are not floating, add some scenery, etc.
Forming letters correctly is an important skill. You can click the link if you wish to create and print out handwriting sheets for practice. http://handwritingworksheets.com/flash/printdots/index.htm
*Counting Activities at Home: http://www.learnwithplayathome.com/2013/08/30-counting-activities-for-kids.html
* Practice counting up from a given number other than 1.
OUR CLASSROOM SONGS
Count to 100 by 1’s and 10’s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=estMnWVEjrk
Writing our Numbers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpA-YUC29E8
Days of the Week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tx0rvuXIRg