For students of this age to get the most out of assignments, they must be supervised and assisted. Homework in Kindergarten involves the following this year:
1. A homework packet will be sent home every Monday in your child’s folder. **The homework packet must be signed and returned to school each Friday. Homework will begin in September.
2. Finish any work your child ran out of time to complete at school (please check your child’s folder daily).
3. Recognize and name letters of the alphabet, produce the sounds represented by the letters and blend sounds to form a word.
Your child will be expected to read a minimum of 44 capital and lower case letters out of sequence in one minute by the end of the year. Your child will also be expected to produce the sounds represented by the letters, including long and short vowel sounds. Practice sheets will be sent home in the homework packet periodically which will include letter naming fluency, letter sound fluency and blending (sounding out words ) fluency for your child to practice at home.
4. Read and identify Kindergarten Sight Words.
Sight Words: Approximately 50 to 75 percent of all words in text material are common words which are repeated. These 220 words are called Sight Words (sometimes called Dolch Words).They are often called sight words because some of them can't be sounded out, and need to be learned by sight. Dolch words or sight words, provide an excellent base for reading at an early age. Therefore, teaching Sight Words as early as possible is considered a crucial part of elementary education. Sight word lists will be sent home. Please practice identifying these words with your child.
5. Read to and with your child daily (15-20 minutes per day). It is required that our students read or be read to each night at home. R.E.A.D. program (read, enjoy, achieve and discover) is for all Las Sendas students in Kindergarten and First Grade.
R.E.A.D. (Read, Enjoy, Achieve & Discover)
READ: The emphasis is on the amount of time spent reading, rather than the number of books read. You will get a record sheet from the teacher. The record sheets are in the classroom as well as in the library & your child will be instructed to help themselves to a new record sheet whenever they need one. Each night when the student reads or gets read to, the parents initial a 15 minute box. One record sheet is 5 hours of reading. Once a child has read for 5 hours, (s)he turns in the record sheet to the teacher.
ENJOY: Reading is a gift! As an incentive for the student and a token of our appreciation to supportive parents, your child will earn a gift from the “Reading is a Gift” mystery gift bag. Your child can earn a prize each time a record sheet is turned in. The teacher will keep track of the total hours your child is reading.
ACHIEVE: To show our appreciation for helping us to provide initiative to read at home we will be giving a party each quarter for those who turn in two R.E.A.D. sheets (10 hours) a quarter.
DISCOVER: Thank you for supporting
the R.E.A.D. program. We hope you will discover that reading exercises our
brains, improves concentration, improves imagination, helps to develop empathy,
teaches about the world and helps us do better at school!
Reading Strategies: Some reading strategies are as follows:
Take a “Picture Walk” – allow your child time to examine the cover. Ask your child to predict what they think the story may be about. Look at each page and again encourage your child to tell you what he/she thinks is happening in the book.
As you read with your child, have your child track his/her finger under the word he/she is trying to read on the page. You can point out that the picture name matches one or some of the words/text on the page. Left-to-right movement and word/voice correspondence are very important for your child to do.
Try to generate brief discussions regarding what you just read. Some areas of discussion might include: describing events from the beginning, middle and end; identifying characters, setting, a problem in the story, important events and solutions to the story.
Reading the same book over and over is a wonderful way to encourage language patterns, sight vocabulary and memory development!
On-line Interactive Reading Practice: www.starfall.com
6. Practice writing the “Letter(s) of the Week”, using correct letter formation.
Writing: Students should practice writing our “Letter(s) of the Week” at home for a few minutes each night with parent supervision. Parent supervision is necessary to ensure that students are using correct letter formation and pencil grips. It is much easier to teach them how to form their letters correctly now, than to change poor habits later.
Students can practice letter formation at home using paper and pencil or using their index finger to practice in sand or on carpet. Students can also use play-dough, shaving cream or soapy bubbles to form letters.
7. Math homework in Kindergarten will include the following:
Read, write, model and order numbers 0 – 20
Compare sets of objects and numbers 1 – 10
Fluently add and subtract within 5
Solves word problems within 10
Compose and decompose numbers from 11 – 19 using models and drawings
Identify, describe, name, build and draw 2 – D and 3 – D shapes
Classify, sort, compare and describe attributes of objects
8. Help your child with special projects that may come home throughout the year.
Special Projects: Special projects may be assigned throughout the year (i.e. Student of the Week project). Please check your child’s folder daily.