Learning Corner

Concepts We Will Learn This Year
in Kindergarten
Counting forward from 0-30, backwards from 10-0, recognizing numbers 0-30, writing #'s 0-30, counting by 10's and 1's to 100, sorting objects, completing patterns with pattern blocks, 2D and 3D shapes, measuring with objects, counting sets of objects up to 20 and writing number to match set. We will also introduce addition and subtraction.
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: Recognizes 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.
Recognize popcorn words:  I, am, can, the, like, to, a, it, is, in, see, here, we, me, come, you, said, and, my, look, up, at, on, go ,she, he, they, not, of, little, with, have, are, was, for, do, his, her, one, got, went, yes, run, big, where, day, out, down, from, did, again, baby .
But we have 9 Kindergarten sight word lists.
As your child completes a word list, we will move to the next list, and then the next.
It is possible that your child will know 100 words by the end of Kindergarten.
Compound Words: A little word and a little word put together makes a big word. Example: play ground-playground or sun glasses-sunglasses.  
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. You can do this 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 (animals or people), front of book, back of book, 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, words with one letter and two letters, and the difference between upper and lower case letters.
Syllables: Clapping and counting the parts of a word.
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 learn 2 letters a week and 2 sight words. If you child is struggling with letters and words, you MUST work extra hard at home on the letters and the words we are doing that week. When we have completed all letters and the popcorn words, we will begin writing in our journals several days a week and this is very difficult if your child does not know their letters, letter sounds, or popcorn words.
Sentences should begin with an upper case letter, all other letters lower case, spacing between words, and putting some kind of punctuation at the end of a sentence. They do not have to spell words correctly but 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.
Practice writing at home: Later in the year feel free to practice writing with your child at home. The more practice they get the more confident writers they will become. Remind your child that a sentence always starts with an upper case letter, all other letters are lower case. Always space between the words and put a period or some kind of punctuation at the end of every sentence. Use their arm to tap out sounds in a word to help spell the word. They do not have to spell words correctly.
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".