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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Speech, Language, Reading and Writing Milestones Resource

Hope your summer is going well! Here is a good resource for knowing what skills your child should have by the end of Kindergarten in the area of language development including speaking, listening, reading and writing. It's from the ASHA (American Speech, Language and Hearing Association).

By the end of kindergarten your child should be able to do the following:
  • Follow 1-2 simple directions in a sequence
  • Listen to and understand age-appropriate stories read aloud
  • Follow a simple conversation
  • Be understood by most people
  • Answer simple "yes/no" questions
  • Answer open-ended questions (e.g., "What did you have for lunch today?")
  • Retell a story or talk about an event
  • Participate appropriately in conversations
  • Show interest in and start conversations
  • Know how a book works (e.g., read from left to right and top to bottom in English)
  • Understand that spoken words are made up of sounds
  • Identify words that rhyme (e.g., cat and hat)
  • Compare and match words based on their sounds
  • Understand that letters represent speech sounds and match sounds to letters
  • Identify upper- and lowercase letters
  • Recognize some words by sight
  • "Read" a few picture books from memory
  • Imitate reading by talking about pictures in a book
  • Print own first and last name
  • Draw a picture that tells a story and label and write about the picture
  • Write upper- and lowercase letters (may not be clearly written)

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Summer Reading Program

    The summer is filled with house hunting, studying for a state exam, the beach with my little ones and staying with family so I won't be posting much this summer. I wanted to give you a link to all of the summer reading books and activities from last summer. Each post has an educational (and fun) book and activity to go with it.

Ms. Ange's Class, Summer Reading Program