- Be respectful to myself, others, and our school.
- Follow directions quickly.
- Raise your hand to speak.
- 1 person talks at a time.
- Listen while the teacher's talking.
- Do your BEST!
I am a 2006 graduate of Saint Martin's University. My degree is in Elementary Education with a minor in Reading. I have been teaching in the public schools since 2007; I spent the first six years of my career teaching in the Clover Park School District, on Ft. Lewis. I have taught kindergarten and 1st grade. Prior to becoming an elementary school teacher, I was a preschool teacher in Anchorage, Alaska.
Ways to Help at Home
- Read daily to and with your child. 20 minutes a day is the recommended amount of time kindergarten should be reading and/or read to. The time can be broken into smaller/more manageable chunks of time.
- Talk about what you are reading. Talk about the characters in the story, where the story took place (the setting), the main events in the story. What was your favorite part of the story. Is there something you can relate to in the story (linking what has been read to their life and the world around them)
- Look for familiar words or sight words as you read.
- Encourage your child to sound out (bumpy blend or smooth blend) unfamiliar words.
- Use the pictures to help your child comprehend what is being read. Talk about the pictures and what you notice. Do the pictures and text match?
- Read books that your child is interested in. Take a trip to your local library and let your child pick out books that he or she is interested in.
- Listening to books on CD or tape while looking at the book itself is another way to get 20 minutes of reading in. Plus listening to a book is really fun!
- Practice saying letter names and sounds. Reciting the letters in order from A to Z is great, but having your child say the letter names and sounds out of order will give you an idea of what letters and sounds they know and which letters and sounds may need a little more practice.
- Count with your child. Rote counting (counting from memory) is very important. The goal in kindergarten for the end of the year is to have all students be able to rote count to 100.
- Practice counting groups of objects (pennies, buttons, crackers, anything small that can be easily moved as they are being counted). Have your child touch and move the objects they are counting; this helps to improve one to one correspondence...your child should be touching the object and saying the number that it is as they move it. "One...two...three..."
- Ask your child how many in all; what is the total number of objects counted? Practicing this skill helps young children understand that the last number they say is how many (or the total) in the group of objects being counted.
- Have paper, pencils, crayons (or markers) available to your child. A gallon size Ziploc bag full of writing supplies are a great quiet activity for long car rides.
- Encourage your child to write and draw every day. Ask them about what they wrote. Ask your child to read their writing to you.
- Correct pencil grip is necessary for good writing...it helps to prevent fatigue in the hand when writing. *Ask Mrs. Presley if you need another copy of the correct pencil grip.*
- "Best guess" (or phonetic spelling) is age appropriate!
- Encourage your child to stretch out the words they want to write before telling them how to spell a word. Have them write down all the letters they hear in the word. For example the word like spelled using "best guess" spelling might be spelled lik.
- Remind your child when working on their writing to use a capital letter to being their sentences with (and lower case letters for the rest of the word or words they are writing). Use finger spaces between words and don't forget to use punctuation at the end (use a period as a stopping point at the end of your sentences).
- Encourage your child to add details to their drawings and words they are writing. Remind them this helps the reader understand what they are writing about.
- Praise them for working so hard on their writing.
Fine Motor Skills
- Encourage your child to write with pencils.
- Draw and color.
- Practice cutting with scissors (I know this may scare some parents, but we are working on building those fine motor skills and building the muscles in our hands). You can draw dotted lines in a variety of lines and shapes for your child to practice cutting.
- Lacing beads on pipe cleaners; this will help improve hand eye coordination and the fine motor action of picking up small objects (plus, you can also have your child practice counting at the same time).