January 21, 2022 e-mail

Alphabet recognition, Letter Sounds, Story Readers, and Math skills

Hello parents,

We have completed all of the alphabet sheets from A - Z where we have been learning the letter names. Today your child will bring home a sheet on card stock that has the uppercase and lowercase letters in random order. This is for you to have and use to check which letters your child is able to recognize and which ones they need to still learn. We have also been learning the letter sounds and how to start to use them to write simple phonetic words (e.g. at, we, us, cat, etc.). Please continue to encourage your child to set a goal of knowing how to use letter sounds to write AND to read these simple words as well. It all helps to build early literacy skills which gives them the tools to move toward independent reading.
Another way of encouraging the growth and development of enjoyment and beginning skills in reading is by using some of the charts we read in class. Many of these are in the booklet I gave to you at the start of the year called "Charts and Songs". We have been finding letters and words on these charts and have started understand that words have "beats" (syllables) that help us to properly track the words as we sing or say the chart.
We have started to have story readers in the classroom. This is where a child has practiced and is able to read a story on their own. I have simple pattern or predictable stories that they are able to practice and learn in the classroom. Sometimes a child may have a book at home that they can read. They would be welcome to bring and share such a book as well. It all helps them to build confidence that they are becoming readers. This all helps to encourage them to see themselves as readers as they move through kindergarten and get ready for Grade 1! We always try to make reading a fun activity and something exciting to share and do.
In math we have worked at learning many number skills. We are comparing sets of objects by matching them and stating things like "there are more red than blue" or "there are fewer squares than stars" or "there are as many green as blue". Your child has had the opportunity to learn and understand the math vocabulary words of "more", "fewer", and "as many" to help them grow in number concepts.
Currently we are exploring 3-D solids. We are learning the names for six different solids:  cube, rectangular prism, triangular prism, cylinder, cone, and sphere. We are understanding the similarity and differences between these solids and shapes (e.g. square, rectangle, triangle, circle) which are simply flat pictures. We are also exploring the different attributes of each solid and how the can either slide, roll, or do both (slide and roll)! We are using these explorations to see how we can use solids to build structures that can be tall and not fall over. It is fun to watch them trying, learning from their mistakes, and then trying again.

Wayne Miller
Teacher, Prince of Peace Lutheran School
Rocky View Schools
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