Helpful Parent Information

Articles and links with helpful information on various learning areas such as: speech and language, fine and gross motor skills, etc.
File Learning Styles descriptors
File Welcome to Kindergarten
Basic information for Mr. Miller's kindergarten classes.
File 80 Skills Important for Kindergarten Children
Basic skills for kindergarten children.
Kindergarten at a Glance (Alberta Ed)
Basic information about Kindergarten in Alberta.
Image Writing Target 1
"I can write using scribbles". Some children try to write by making marks (little lines, shapes, scribbles) to represent what they are trying to say about what they did at Worktime. Although this is not recognizable letters or words, it is the beginning of understanding the purpose of writing and it shows a willingness to try and write.
Image Writing Target 2
"I can write my name". Some children have learned how to print their name in all uppercase letters (e.g. JOHN) and some are beginning to write it in standard form. Standard from is an uppercase first letter and the rest of the letters of their name in lowercase (e.g. John). Encourage your child to start their letters from the top and to maintain a proper and efficient pencil grip (see photos on my Teacher Page under "Classroom Info"). This is an important next step in developing emerging writing skills.  
Image Writing Target 3
"I can write using letters". Some children try to write by writing individual letters down to represent what they are trying to say. These letters may be random letters or some may be the first letter of one of the words, but it shows an understanding that words are made with letters and when you write them down you are trying to communicate something. This shows writing skills that are emerging and progressing.
Image Writing Target 4
I can copy words from the classroom". Some children can see words such as the signs that label each Worktime that they can visit and copy these words down to show which area they went to on that day. Some children know that there are words in the classroom (such as in the "Message" each day) that they may want to use when writing down what they did at Worktime. Also, in each child's Journal there are sentence starters that they can copy to get used to writing in complete sentences (e.g. I built _____________, or I read _______ books.) Knowing how to find and copy words that they need in order to communicate show writing skills progressing further.
Image Writing Target 5
"I can write words that are important to me". Some children have memorized or learned how to write some basic words such as "I" or "was" or "to" or "at", etc. and use these in writing down what they did at Worktime. The sentence starters help them in learning these words as do all of the other literacy activities that fill our days in kindergarten. Starting to write using a combination of letters that they hear in the words and words they have memorized show advancing skills in this form of communication.
Image Writing Target 6
"I can tell others about what I write and draw".  Some children are able to consistently use letter sounds and words that they know to write exactly the sentence they are trying to put into their Journal. For example, they may write "I MD A PZL." for "I made a puzzle", and can then draw a picture related to that sentence and tell you exactly what they wrote and drew. You will start to see spaces between words, uppercase letters used only when needed, and a period at the end of a sentence. Such writing shows a mastery of the skills expected in kindergarten.
File Home Reading Program Information
Information about how you can support and encourage your child's development of emergent reading skills and how the Home Reading Program can assist in this.
File Home Reading Program Checklist
This document is a checklist to help give you ideas of how to approach learning a new book with your child. These are simply suggestions and are by no means the only way in which to help instill in your child an interest in reading or to develop growth in reading skills.
File Speech Sounds typical for Age
This chart shows what letter sounds children can usually produce accurately by a certain age.
Pencil Grip
Pictures to help you guide your child in developing an efficient pencil grip.
File Impact of Technology on Children's Development
Research findings to help parents make informed choices on limits of technology usage by their children.
File Basic Concepts
What are basic concepts?
File Basic Concept Milestones
The ages at which children typically learn basic concepts.
File Comparatives and Superlatives
What are they and how to teach them.
File Opposites
Ways to teach this concept.
File Following Directions
Different ways of following directions.
File Word Retrieval Problems
How to know if your child is having difficulty and what to do to help.
File Stuttering
What do you know about stuttering and how to help develop fluency in speaking.
File Lisps
What is a lisp and how to help.
File Trouble with Social Skills?
How to tell if your child is having difficulty with this.
File Taking Care of our Voices
Ways to help our children avoid hurting their voices.
File Children with More Than One Language
How to support your child in learning more than one language.
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