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Literacy Week Activities and Resources

How I can help my child at home build their writing skills in Kindergarten?

  • Allow your child to come up with his/her own simple sentence.
  • Allow your child to use “inventive spelling” where your child sounds out each words and writes what they hear vs. providing the correct spelling for them.
  • Have your child reread the sentence(s) aloud to you.
  • Encourage your child to use the Kindergarten High Frequency Words

 

Friendly reminders for your child when writing:

  • Write from left to write on the paper.
  • Start each sentence with an uppercase letter.

Ex.  The dog is brown.                                                                                    The word writing inside a red heart

  • Use “finger spaces” between each word in the sentence.
  • Draw a detailed picture that matches the sentence.

This chart shows how a Kindergarten student’s writing progresses throughout the year.

 

Chart of Kindergarten writing samples

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Phonics Activities

education.com/games/first-grade/word-patterns/

http://turtlediary.com/games/first-grade/phonics.html

Here are 2 websites that are great to practice spelling patterns and phonics.

Sight Words                                                                  Girl sitting on a stack of books reading.

These are great sites to practice sight words.

https://www.abcya.com/games/dolch_sight_word_bingo

http://education.com/games/sight-words/

 

Here is a list of all the First-grade sight words for the year.

First Grade High-Frequency Words Checklist, 2020-2021

 

Start Smart – Unit 1 (50) Unit 2 – Unit 3/Week 2 (37) Unit 3/Week 3 – Unit 4/Week 5 (48)
I be again any know
like come help from laugh
do good new happy listen
to pull there once were
you fun use so found
he make could upon hard
can they live ago near
go too one boy woman
a jump then girl would
has move three how write
this run eat old
is two no people
my of after
look under buy
little who done
where all every
here call soon
play day work
the her about
we want animal
are around carry
me by eight
she many give
with place our
for walk because
and away blue
have now into
see some or
said today other
was way small
does why find
not green food
school grow more
what pretty over
down should start
out together warm
up water caught
very flew

 

 

Unit 4/Week 6 – Unit 6/Week 1 (36) Unit 6/Week 2 – Unit 6/Week 6 (24)
four brother
none father
only friend
large love
put mother
round picture
another been
climb children
full month
great question
poor their
through year
began before
better front
guess heard
learn push
right tomorrow
sure your
color favorite
early few
instead gone
nothing surprise
oh wonder
thought young
above
build
fall
knew
money
toward
answer
brought
busy
door
enough
eyes

 

 

Other websites we use in class are:

www.getepic.com  -this is used to read books.  Students can even take short quizzes to check their comprehension.

http://homereadinghelper.org/1st-grade-reading-skills-reading-comprehension  This is a link to an article describing some different activities you can do at home to practice comprehension strategies.

 

Reading Bingo

  • This is a great resource to use to help you practice reading comprehension at home.  Simply read a book and then pick a bingo square to write and respond to.

bingo board with reading choices

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Phonics Activities

https://www.ricpublications.com.au/blog/post/12-multisensory-phonics-activities/

This website gives great ideas for how parents can help their child learn letter sounds using multi-sensory learning activities.

 

Sight Words

https://www.abcya.com/games/dolch_sight_word_bingo

This is a great site to practice sight words

 

Other websites we use in class are:

www.getepic.com  -this is used to read books.  Students can even take short quizzes to check their comprehension.

https://www.readingrockets.org/article/comprehension – Another site to take short quizzes to check their comprehension

www.squigglepark.com/dreamscape -this is a game we use in class.  It is a reading game that reviews all kinds of reading/grammar skills.

Children on flying books

Reading Comprehension Activity

www.storylineonline.net

Pick a story and have your child listen to it.  When they are finished listening to the story check for understanding by asking the following questions:

 

  • Who is the main character(s) in the story?
  • What is the setting of the story? (where does the story take place?)
  • What is one important event that happened at the beginning, middle, and end of the story?
  • Is there a problem in the story that needs to be solved? How does the character solve the problem?
  • What was your favorite part of the story

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For reading practice at home, students can use istation. For math practice at home, students can use Freckle.

To access both istation and Freckle, go to https://polkschoolsfl.com/

Click on Students and then click on Classlink.                                   A bee reading a book

Click on the appropriate blue login button.

Istation might prompt you to download it onto your device. After you download it, there will be a new istation icon on your desktop. Students should not try to open istation from the desktop icon. Their password will not work. Once it is downloaded, students should be able to access istation through classlink.

 

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Helpful websites:

www.getepic.com – students can read books and take short quizzes to check their comprehension

open book with butterflies emerging

https://www.prodigygame.com/main-en/  – free math practice

https://home.xtramath.org/   – helps students to practice math facts

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Here are some useful resources for families:

Epic   www.getepic.com – students can read books and take short quizzes to check their comprehension

Tumblebooks  https://www.tumblebooklibrary.com/Default.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f – a library of books to listen to

 

Resources we use in class

CommonLit   https://www.commonlit.org/

Readworks  https://www.readworks.org/

Two children reading in front of a globe.

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ESE Resources

Support for Families of Children with Disabilities

https://www.supportforfamilies.org/

This website offers information to parents with multiple disabilities in children. It offers newsletters and resources, as well as upcoming events and services for educating parents and loved ones of children with disabilities.

Autism Now

https://autismnow.org/

This website offers online resources for information on Autism. In this website, you can find latest news, information, events, and a local agency map for finding help in your area. Another great resource is Autism Learn.

Information on IEP

https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/iep.html

This is an article that gives a great and comprehensive overview of an IEP.

Educational Resource for reading and learning disabilities

https://www.readingrockets.org/

This website offers great resources to utilize at home. It offers research-based activities that help struggling readers. There is an extensive library packed with lessons on fluency, oral language, phonemic awareness, reading comprehension, and other literacy skills.

 Group of children

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