Homework in kindergarten should be fun and meaningful and not stressful for you or your child. At this age, children can learn so much from everyday experiences: reading familiar print at the grocery store (ex."Cheerios"), counting change, making a friend a birthday card, etc. Here are a few more ideas...
*Read every night! Reading together every night will increase your child's interest in reading, teach basic book handling skills and increase your child's awareness of basic reading skills.
*Homework Calendar- Each month a homework calendar will go home with your child. The calendar is full of ideas you and your child can do at home to reflect what we are learning at school. Please use the calendar as a "spring board" for your child's learning. It is not "one size fits all." Please adjust the activities to fit your child's needs.
*Play and talk with your child! This builds your child's vocabulary and background knowledge, which paves the way to a strong reading foundation.
*Read the monthly newsletters. These letters will communicate what your child has learned about and will occasionally include instructions to a game played in class or an activity that can be repeated at home.
The following five home literacy activities are correlated with reading and math scores--the more frequently the parents performed the activities, the better the children did in 3rd-grade assessments. The five activities are:
- Someone reads to the child at home
- The parent and child talk about what happened during the day.
- The child reads along with or reads to others.
- Someone takes the child to a museum, library, learning or activity center, or zoo.
- Someone teaches the child a sport or takes the child to a sporting event.