I do expect my Kindergarten students to do homework each night.
My goal is to have parent/child work on this homework together.
This way, the parents will know what we are working on in the
classroom that week. I appreciate the time parents are willing to
give their child to help with this homework. The time for
completing the homework shouldn't take more than 15 minutes each night.
Listed below are other ways you can help your child on a daily
basis to achieve the academic goals.
You can encourage reading and writing by showing your child the power of print and helping him or her to make sense of it.
letter and number recognition FUN. Have your child form letters out of
clay or play dough, circle letters in the newspaper or magazines, shape
letters our of pipe cleaners or cut out words to make sentences.
Ask your child to "read" symbols such as arrows, figures on restroom doors, etc.
Ask your child to read signs for stop, speed limit, and railroad crossings.
Review the alphabet and sight word flash cards.
Give your child your 'junk mail' to open and "read" while you open your mail.
Visit the library with your child and borrow books together.
Give your child books and writing supplies as presents.
Ask your child to write captions for family photos. As your child dictates to you, write down the exact words.
When writing letters or notes, give your child writing materials, too.
to your child often! Ask them questions about the story.
Ask them sequencing questions. What did you like best about the
Never underestimate the power of a good conversation each day with your child.
Most importantly, let your child see you read and write everyday!
Keeping good books on hand and reading to your child daily is very important. Follow these tips for finding good books.
Stories should be appropriate for the child's age level.
Pictures should be clear with not too many objects on the page.
The pictures should tell a story that makes sense without the printed words.
Stories should be for pleasure and fun, but include educational books, too.
Books should help add new words to the child's vocabulary.
Children need a chance to see numbers at work. Here are some things you can do at home to help your child:
Lay out a pile of pennies. Count by 2's, 5's, 10's or 1's.
the length of objects using hands, feet, or household objects: my
bed is five hands long, the table is six plates long, etc.
Play Dominos or other card games such as Skipbo or Uno.
Find various geometric shapes in your house: our door is a rectangle, our clock makes a circle, etc.
a chart showing the time you do various things in your house.
Point out the times on an analog clock as well as on a digital.
Divide your pizza, cookies and pies into equal parts: Cut the pizza into halves, cut the pie into fourths, etc.
Let your child help with dinner by reading and following recipes.
Help your child count the change you get back from a purchase.