Beginning reading is one of the most important skills your child will learn because it is used in every other area of study. It is in Kindergarten that we will be laying the foundation skills with which your child will learn to read. Start by taking your child to the library as often as you can, and reading to them each night before bed. Talk about the pictures in the book. What happens first, last and in the middle? Was there a conflict or a lesson to be learned? In the morning, point out simple words on cereal boxes or milk containers. Find letters in magazines or the newspapaer. Although it happens at different rates and ages, all children will learn to read. The most important thing is to give them the time, the encouragement, and the opportunity to read!
This is what your child will be assessed on throughout the year:
~ Identifies upper/lowercase letters
~Recognizes and produces rhyming words
~Recognizes sight words
~Identifies letter sounds
~Distinguishes initial/final sounds
~Understands story elements (character, setting, plot, sequence)
~Blends sounds to make words
Please visit these fun kindergarten sites with your child!