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What Happens in Kindergarten Reading: Spring (page 2)

What Happens in Kindergarten Reading: Spring

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Updated on Apr 12, 2011

5. Syllables: A syllable is defined as a way of organizing a sequence of speech sounds. For example, the word window is made up of two syllables: win and dow. Whether your child is taught to clap out the syllables or do a body movement for each, she'll spend time in her kindergarten classroom breaking words into syllables. Syllables are often reviewed and perfected at the end of the year because of their practicality for reading success.

6. Alphabetic Order: Alphabetizing words is a complicated skill. If you've ever looked at a library shelf and noticed the books slightly out of order, you'll know that first hand! Still, basic alphabetizing makes its first appearance in the curriculum as early as kindergarten. It's usually taught in the second half of the school year. Most teachers refer to alphabetic order as “ABC Order” when teaching it to such young learners. Help your child get a jump on things by working on this skill at home-- challenging to order a bunch of objects by letter, or sort a pile of papers into letter files.

7. Word Endings: Your child may come home telling you that the letters i, n, and g are very best friends. Why? Because you see them together all the time! Word endings such as –ing and –ed make a big appearance at this time in kindergarten. Children learn common word endings and practice how they're added to words.

8. Comprehension Skills: Your child may be reading like a rock star, but can she re-tell the story when it’s over? Comprehension is how well your child understands what she’s read. In the later spring months, teachers work on skills such as organizing information from the text and even using graphic organizers such as charts and pictographs to make organization easier. Beyond just asking what happened in a story, teachers will also begin challenging your learner with higher-level questions about the text, starting with “how” and “why”. On top of all these last minute skills, the last few months of kindergarten contain a lot of review. The year tends to rocket by, and it rarely leaves “extra” time for anything. But because kids have been asked to absorb so much so quickly, especially when it comes to reading, teachers often spend time reviewing core skills to make sure kids are ready for first grade. Where do they need to be with reading to be ready? While schools vary, a student working at the standard level should be able to do the following by the end of kindergarten:

  • Recognize all letters of the alphabet in both their lowercase and capital form
  • Be able to make the correct sound or sounds for each letter of the alphabet
  • Read 20 high frequency words
  • Read grade-level appropriate texts
  • Create rhyming words
  • Use phonetic skills to read new words
  • Have a strong awareness of print concepts
  • Use language structure to read new words
  • Display comprehension of what she has read

The last day of kindergarten will be here before you know it. Take a deep breath, and give yourself and your child a pat on the back for keeping up with such a complicated reading curriculum. Relish the fact that your child knows how to read- at the age of six! And she essentially learned it all in less than a year’s time. That is no small feat.  

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