Is your child in kindergarten? If this is the first year your child will go to school, you can be sure its an important year for him and you alike. You can expect that your child will learn many new skills in the upcoming months, all of which serve as a foundation for the rest of their school careers. Because of this, you want your child to be successful in what and how they pick them up! Knowing the skills your child will learn this year will better help you assist your child as they learn new and difficult things.
We recently reached out to a teacher to ask her which skills parents that read MomDot can expect so they can start to benefit from getting a jump start at home. Here are 4 important skills she has laid out!
From the first day of school, your child will learn about the letters of the alphabet. Although this is a basic skill, it’s one of the most important things your child will learn since your child will use this knowledge to learn how to read. In order to help your child master this skill, practice recognizing and writing the letters of the alphabet. Point out signs on stores and see if your child can name any of the letters used.
In addition to learning how to recognize letters, your kindergartner will also learn important phonics skills. Phonics has to do with the sounds that letters make. This skill will help your child recognize that the letter c says /c/ and the letter m says /m/. You can help your child learn and master phonics by saying a word and asking your child what sound they hear at the beginning, middle or end of the word. Once your child has identified the sound, you can then follow up with the question, “What letter makes that sound?” The more you do this, the more familiar your child will become with the letter sounds used to make words.
After your child knows the sounds that letters make, they’ll start to learn how to blend those sounds together. This means that your child will be able to take the sounds /c/ /a/ /t/ and put those sounds together to form the word “cat.” To help your child practice blending sounds, invest in some letter cards. Let your child select different letters to put in a CVC pattern (consonant, vowel, consonant). You and your child can then practice putting these sounds together to form words. It’s ok if the letters your child selected form nonsense words since you’re practicing blending skills, not spelling skills.
Counting & Number Recognition
Your kindergartner will also learn how to count. Ideally, your child will be able to count by ones and tens all the way up to 100 by the end of kindergarten. Additionally, your child should be able to identify these numbers simply by looking at them. You can help your child practice these skills by counting groups of objects and writing the number after. Grab a handful of Cheerios and have your child count how many you grabbed. This is a fun and tasty way for your child to practice these skills.
Your child will learn many skills in kindergarten, including these and much more. As a parent, you are going to be an important part in your child’s education so if you find something that is really working for your house, feel free to share below!