Language Arts

Reading is fun!!
There are many things that you can do at home with your child.
Read for 20 minutes a day.
Work wih the alphabet: 
Be able to say the alphabet in any order, recgonize the abc's in any order, Know thier sounds, capital & lowercase
Use flashcards to go over all letters & sounds of each
Have your child practice writing their letters (upper & lowercase)
Find letters around your house using environmental print (cereal boxes, labels from cans, etc)
Work on writing first & last name.
Work on Concepts about Print:
The front of the book,                                                     
Back of the book
Title of book
Where to begin reading the story
The direction in which to read (left to right)
Where to go at the end of a line.
Be able to isolate one word & then two words
Find the first letter in a word
Find the last letter in a word
find one letter
find two letters
Find the first word on a page
Find the last word on a page
Name any 3 letters on a page
Can point to the words as someone is reading to them.
Recognize a period, quesiton mark, exclamation mark, quotation marks
Rhyming Words:
Be able to make rhyming words.  Make sure you are able to make rhyming words with the following words:  cat, ring, snake, man & toy
Read a rhyming book & listen for the rhyming words
Nursery rhymes
Example:  cat, hat
Word Families:
at-cat, hat, mat, sat, rat, flat
ap-cap, lap, gap, map, sap,
am-ham, jam, Pam, Sam, ram,
ook-look, cook, book, hook, look, nook,
all-ball, call, fall, hall, mall, tall wall,
Students will need to be able to see the letters & make new words ( for example:  -at and add the letter p in front, what word does taht make?  pat, change the p to a r, what new word is that?  rat, etc...)
Kindergarten Words to know
These are the main words.  I will add more words as we get to them.
a, am, and, at, be, can, cat, dad, do, dog, go, he, I, in, is, it, like, me, mom, my, no, see, she, the, to, we, went, you
The 5 Components of Reading
Phonemic awareness-Being able to hear, identify, & play with individual sounds (phonemes) in spoken words.
Phonics-Being able to connect the letters of written language with the sounds of spoken language.
Vocabulary-The words kids need to know to communicate effectively.
Reading Comprehension-Being able to understand & get meaning from what has been read.
Fluency (oral reading)-Being able to read text accurately & quickly

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