We have been learning so much in our first two months of school. Our focus moving forward will be to learn more about seasonal changes in nature. We have made observations and sketchs of a tree within the school grounds over the past two months in order to understand the changes that take place between summer and fall. We have appreciated all of the signs of nature that have been brought into class.
We have also been learning some of the letters of the alphabet and practicing our colouring and cutting skills by creating “My Book of Words” for each new letter. The final step before finishing these books is to “read” the pictures with an adult. Our students first practice with their teacher and it would be ideal if you ask your child to read the book to you as well, when it is sent home. This “reading” will help your child to develop their vocabulary and their confidence.
Our Kindergarten Student Showcase will take place on October 25th and 26th. We look forward to seeing you during these times. During your thirty minute time slot you will have the opportunity to view some of your child’s work and set goals with their teacher. Due to the fact that there will be up to three families in the classroom at a time, each family will have ten minutes to set goals with their child’s teacher. If this time is not sufficient, we would be happy to set up a meeting at another time.
We hope that you will be able to attend the Showcase and we look forward to seeing you!
The Kindergarten Team
Kayla Dixon and Sheila Robinson
Ways You Can Encourage Your Child to Learn How to Read
Learning how to read is tough work! Your child is embarking on the beginning of a journey this year of learning how to identify letters and words, and how to make sense of them all in print and in their own writing.
Here are some tips that you can do with your child to help them learn how to read:
* Sing the alphabet song every day. Hand-washing is the perfect time to sing this song as it is the amount of time it takes the soap to remove germs from our fingers!
* Read to your child every day. Make this an enjoyable time. Your child may want to re-read favourite stories over and over again, and that’s great. It is helping them to form an understanding of patterns in stories. After reading a story, ask your child what they can remember from the book, and their favourite/least favourite part of the book.
* Show your child that you read too! Children need to see their families reading to know that it is something everyone does. This is especially true for boys. Point out an interesting story in the newspaper, a neat article in a magazine, or how you are following directions to make something.
* Have your child point out letters they know. When you are reading with your child, or driving in the car, make it a game for your child to find letters that they know.
* Ask your child about the songs we are learning. We are learning 2 new letter sounds every week in Kindergarten and there is a song to go with it! Ask your child which new letters they have learned and see if they can remember the songs – if they can’t, don’t worry too much. We will be revisiting all of the letter sounds starting in January.
* Go to the Library! Encourage your child to choose books that interest them in the library.
**** Remember to keep reading fun.****
Lots of positive encouragement is what they need right now!