I was happy to find the article titled " Let Kids Learn thru Play " in the New York Times. I've Always been a strong proponent of this concept. So many children learn better when there's an element of play involved. Many don't learn soley from worksheets. My personal opinion is that both play and traditional learning can be part of a daily routine to help children become successful in scool. We will continue to have lots of time to play AND lots of time to learn at daycare. Here's a link to the article
It used to be if your child could print their name and identify a few letters they were set for school. Most schools now expect kindergarteners to have a grasp on reading. Here is a list of skills They say incoming kindergartners should have...
- Names colors
- Names 4 basic shapes
- Shows interest in learning letters and numbers
- Recognizes upper case letters
- Recognizes lower case letters
- Recognizes the numerals 1-10
- Counts by rote
- Identifies the various sounds the letters represent
- Counts the correct number of items in a row
- Matches a numeral with that number of items
- Hears likenesses and differences in sounds
- Sees likenesses and differences in pictures
- Speaks clearly
- Copies specific printed shapes or designs
- Knows address
- Knows telephone number
- Prints first name without copying
- Uses imagination and creativity in play
- Problem solves
We are lucky to have such smart kids who are interested in learning. We will continue to incorporate a lot of play as children learn welll from that in addition to play, This week we are going to start ongoing practice on the first sight word list. Sight words are to be memorized, The best way is to start with flash cards. Studies show that even toddlers can learn to recognize sight words with repetition. Lets give it a shot! I will send a list home and if you can, give it a few minutes of practice a night. We will do our part during the day and see how it turns out. Here a few tips about teaching sight word recognition. Keep in mind not all steps will be appropriate for all ages. We will corporate several sight word games into the activities to keep things fun while learning.
I found these tips about teaching sight words....
Introduce one list at a time. There are 11 lists of sight words that increase in difficulty. Remember sight words are to be memorized, read on "sight" not sounded out phonetically.
- Begin by reading each word in the list to your child
- Next, read each word with your child
- Repeat this several times over a few days
Practice words in isolation. Repetition is key to learning sight words. Games are a fun way to provide this repetition.
Practice words in content. Sight word recognition in isolation should transfer to reading sight words in connected text. This practice will help your child make the connection between sight words and their meaning.
- Highlight words in sentences. Create or find text with several of the sight words your child is practicing. With your child read each sentence, then have him/her highlight, circle, or point to each sight word read.
Time your child reading a list of sight words. The goal is for your child to read the entire list within 1 minute. Begin by saying each word to your child and then having your child repeat the word. Next, have your child read each word independently. As your child reads the words, put those read correctly in one stack, and those read incorrectly in a separate stack.
Provide additional practice with the words that your child read incorrectly. Make a list of the words your child needs extra practice with. Have your child write each word several times using an expo pen and a white board. Erase the words and then have your child write them again