Skills to Practice
- Writing first name.. Last name if their first name is “mastered.”
- Letter naming
- Letter sounds
- Counting and counting items
- Number recognition
- Read daily to your child. Discuss things like the front of the book, back of the book, the direction in which you read books, what an author and illustrator does. Make predictions of what the book might be about by looking at the front cover of the book. Do a picture walk of the book and continue with predictions. Ask questions throughout the book including comprehension questions/conversation starters. Allow students to fill in the rest of a sentence if it is a rhyming book or a book you guys have read several times.
- Make “flash cards” and play matching. (Colors/shapes, letters, numbers)
- Play “Go Fish” with flash cards. (Pass out a few cards to each player. 3-6 to each player. Place the rest of the cards down. Take turns asking each other if they have “the letter B, or a a “red” two” If they do, you take their card and set down your pair. If they don’t, they say “go fish” and you draw a card. Take turns until someone runs out of cards. The person with the most pairs wins!)
- Counting whenever possible! (At the dinner table, everyone can take turns saying numbers in order. One person “1” next person “2” and so forth.) (Scavenger hunt- How many __ can you find in our house?)
- Where can you find letters in our house? How many “C’s can you find?” Can do a letter or a few a day. (Letter Hunt)
- Science- Test for things that are magnetic/not. Test for things that float/do not.
- Make books out of paper about favorite interest areas or personal experiences. Get creative and use magazine pictures, family photos, drawings, stickers, color, and words/sentences.
- Make alphabet posters with images of things that start with that letter. Add written words.
- Explain that rhyming words are words that sound alike at the end. Peep sounds like sheep. They both end with the same sound: -eep. So peep and sheep rhyme. Discuss many examples of rhyming words to help your name recognize and identify rhymes. Encourage your child to create new rhymes for a familiar verse. Begin the new rhyme and ask him to supply a rhyming word when you pause. Hickory, dickory, dog. The mouse sat on a _____. The mouse did jump and hit a _____, Hickory, dickory, dog!
- Daily Phonological Practice (Break words down into syllables, telling what letter sound do they hear at the beginning, middle, and end. See below.
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