Learning Corner

Concepts We Will Learn in Kindergarten 

friends at school 
measuring with objects, counting forward from 0-100 by 1's and 10's, writing#'s 0-20, sorting objects, counting sets of objects up to 20 and writing number to match set. We will also introduce addition and subtraction using simple word problems.

 Kids with books 

Reading at home:  You should read to your child and have them read to you nightly. Afterwards, let them tell you about the story without looking at the pictures. What happened first, in the middle, and at the end of the story? This helps with their comprehension. Talk about where the story took place (setting) and the characters (people or animals) in the book. 
Punctuation: Recognize all punctuation (period, question mark, exclamation mark, quotation marks, and a comma) and be able to tell you why it is used in the text.
Popcorn wordsIt is possible that your child will know 100 words or more by the end of Kindergarten!!
Rhyming Words: Words that sound alike at the end of the word because the word has the same letters at the end. Practice by giving your child a word and let them tell you a word that rhymes with your work. You can do this while riding down the road and make a game out of it. It doesn't even have to be a real word as long as it sounds the same at the end.
Parts of a book: title, author, illustrator, characters, title page,
table of contents, and the setting (where the story happens).
Concepts of Print: Front & back of book, where title is on a book, move from left to right as you read, swept back across to next line, track words (point to words as you read),  punctuation (period, question mark, exclamation mark, quotation marks, and comma), first and last letter in a word, first and last word a on page, and the difference between upper and lower case letters.
Syllables:Clapping and counting the parts of a word.

 student in desk
Writing a sentence: We will begin writing (drawing and labeling parts of the picture) in September. As we develop as writers, we will sound out words to make a sentence. We will be writing in our journals several days a week.
Sentences should begin with an upper case letter and all other letters are lower case. Students have to remember spacing between words and putting some kind of punctuation at the end of a sentence. They do not have to spell words correctly. However, they will be asked to spell popcorn words correctly because they can find them in the room. Your child will be expected to write 3 to 4 sentences about a topic when they begin 1st grade.
Secret Stories: Secret stories are a creative way to help young readers "crack the secret codes for reading". The children love the secrets and it is proven that this brain based approach works almost immediately. 
These are the secret stories we cover in Kindergarten: "A-E-I-O-U" and sometimes "sneaky y" are the vowels,"sh", "th", "oo", "or', "ir, ur, er", "mommy e","wh", "ch", "ing", "ar", "aw, au", "ow, ou", "io, oy", and "ph".