Things to work on at Home!

 

We know many of the children will need to miss school during the year for different reasons.  It is important that they stay home and get well if they are sick, but they are also missing a great deal of learning experiences.  Many of the things we do in kindergarten are hands on: therefore making it difficult to send home “worksheets” to makeup at home.  If your child must stay home here is a list of possible things you could work on with your child each day they are not at school.  These are things that we do in our everyday routine that are valuable to their learning. 

****Even if your child does not miss school, these are great ideas to extend our learning from the school day!****

 

*Read to your child every day!!!

*Predict what the story will be about before reading

*Let your child read to you

*Ask questions about the stories read

*Ask your child how they relate to the characters in the story

*Discuss whether the story is fiction or non-fiction and why

*Let them point out the parts of a book (cover, title, author, illustrator, etc)

*Let your child draw a picture, write about it, then read it to you.  Let them     make the sounds for the words

*Work on alphabet recognition and the sounds the letters make

*Practice writing letters of the alphabet correctly

*Work on sight words (read, write, play games, find in everyday text, etc)

*Work on recognizing and being able to produce rhyming words

*Count syllables in everyday words

*Let your child look for words they know in everyday print such as magazines, books and newspapers

*Read nursery rhymes

*Use songs, music and movement to learn skills

*Practice putting sounds together to make words

*Find things around the house that have the same beginning sounds, ending sounds or middle sounds

*Let your child work or play an educational game on the computer

*Work with numbers (counting orally, counting on starting with different numbers, counting objects, writing correctly)

*Work with shapes (identify, draw, find things around the house)

*Work with a calendar (days, months, today’s date, year, etc.)

*Talk about the weather/seasons

*Say the U.S. and Texas pledges

*Sort objects into like groups

*Let your child make patterns – AB, AABB, ABB, ABC, etc (use blocks, legos, toys, anything around the house or draw one)

*Count orally to 115 (by ones, twos, fives and tens) and beyond if possible

*Count backwards

*Help them count and understand money

*Help them work with a clock and begin to learn about time

*Make graphs, talk about which one has the most, least or is equal

*Come up with number stories (ex. If I give you 2 cookies and your brother 3 cookies, how many cookies will there be all together?)

 

Thank you for all your help at home!