This website gives parents access to the books we are reading in class, and is a great educational resource for students.
Getting Your Child Ready to Read
Concepts of Print
· Find the front of a book (you can also ask them to point to the title and author)
· Point to words while reading (when reading, explain to your child that you are reading the words and that we look at the picture)
· Directionality-by pointing to words while you are reading, your child will see that in the English language we read from left to right
· Identifying a capital and lower-case letter
· Understanding the difference between a letter and a word
*** The best way to work on these skills is to model them while reading. Your child will begin to notice and imitate the way you read (they will point to words, move their finger from left to right, etc.)
· Rhyming words…the best way to teach this is simply to read lots of books with rhyming words.
Examples of rhyming words: cat/hat dog/frog fly/high
· Initial letter sounds-what letter does a word start with? What starts like ...d.og? is it c.at or or d.ig?
· Count how many words are in a sentence.
The most important thing to remember is to read to your child daily…and make it fun!!! The goal is for your child to love to read.
After you read a story to your child, take a few minutes to ask him/her some questions.
Ask: Who was in the story? What happened? Where did the story take place? Did you like this story? What was your favorite part?
By asking questions, you are encouraging your child to think about the parts that make up a book. When he/she gets older, this is referred to as: characters, plot and setting. Leap Frog Look for The Letter Factory DVD if your child needs to work on letters and letter sounds. This video is great for teaching ABCs and the kids love it. There is also a game included.
If your child is ready to read, Talking Word Factory will help get him/her started.
You can find these products on-line or at local stores like Walmart or Target.
It is important for your child to exercise his or her hands and fingers to prepare the hand for holding a pencil correctly. The following is a list of activities to strengthen handwriting skills.
Play with Playdough or modeling clay Write with sidewalk chalk Use a hole puncher to cut out pretty colored paper Use clothespins to pick up small objects (cotton balls, squooshed tissue paper balls) use alternate hands. squeeze water out of a sponge (fill up one bowl with water, use sponge to empty water out squeeze by squeeze into another bowl) Cut with scissors Lacing Cards String beads to make a necklace or bracelet Let your child play with shaving cream to practice writing letters on a flat surface (tables or even outside on sliding door) since it's soap it will clean it too, just rinse. Put pegs in a peg board Paint with watercolors String beads on a lace, or cheerios on a string