~ upper case letter identification
~ lowercase letter identification
~ letter sounds
~ 1st 25 sight words
~ kindergarten math screener
In the coming weeks, I will be assessing each student to determine his or her current understanding of the kindergarten math standards. I expect my students to be at different places with their progress in these areas. One of the most important messages we strive to communicate as Kindergarten teachers is that learners learn different things at different times, and that this is okay! Every year, students enter K with different levels of academic (and social) understanding and will continue to progress through their learning at a variety of paces. Kindergarteners grow in so many directions, and our goal is to nurture the direction each child is growing in and celebrate each new learning success.
To support your child at home, talk to him or her about what they already know and what they think they need to work on. If they are not yet able to identify all of their upper and lowercase letters, identify the letters they do know and celebrate them. Then make flash cards of the letters they do not yet know and play games that help them learn these letters. If they are not yet able to identify all of their letter sounds, again, identify those sounds they do know, celebrate this learning, and then let them study the letters they do not yet know on Starfall (www.starfall.com) while you are getting dinner ready. If your student has mastered their letters names and sounds, get them on Raz-Kids listening to and reading books. We will continue to work on all of these things at school as well!
At your family conference in November, we will be discussing your student's progress in all areas and discuss specific ways you can support your student's learning at home.
* This year, we have decided not to have our Kindergarten students take the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test in the fall. The MAP test is a nationally administered adaptable assessment that measures student growth and achievement in Math and Reading. (http://www.nwea.org) QAE Kindergarteners will only take this test in the winter and the spring.