Kindergarten Curriculum -Phonics and Reading 

Parents, a child in kindergarten continues building on her literacy with phonics and reading, but remember that you don’t have to wait for the beginning of the following year to begin new material.

When your child masters one item, naturally move on to the next regardless of the time of year. On the other hand, if you need to review material that your child has already studied but forgotten, please review before going on. 

  This year your child will continue to study the consonant sounds and short and long vowel sounds. That means that in addition to expanding your child’s vocabulary with more c-v-c words, your child also will study c-v-c-v words and  silent-e words. Click here for eight free Bingo cards of silent e words - sorry no longer available.

Be sure to read the article about which consonants you may wish to introduce and practice first.

 Some sounds like m and r  are much more reliable in their pronunciation than the s, g and c letters.  The memory game and I Spy/spelling game will continue to help your child learn in a natural and realistic manner.

In the memory game simply include two of the letter g for both sounds that your child will hear. Here are the sight words for kindergartners.

Kindergarten - Handwriting

Handwriting reinforces your kindergartner’s acquisition of phonics and reading and begins to prepare her for writing.  This year your child will focus on the lowercase letters, and a few uppercase letters that she needs to spell her name. Here is another free handwriting worksheets.

Here is another website that employs many tactile learning activities that teach printing the alphabet. 

Kindergarten - Math

Categorizing and counting to 100 are two new math activities that your child needs to acquire this year. There are many free and interesting activities, including making a wind chime, which makes it a very tactile activity that always helps with learning information.

Also, remember that categorizing is essential to critical and logical thinking, as well as writing outlines and reports. With a little help, your child will start seeing the order and logical categories in everyday life. After all, you aren't going to see polar bears in the Africa exhibit at the zoo, right?   Here is an education website with many quality worksheets .

Kindergarten - Science

There are 136 science experiments here that you can do. Plan ahead and enlist your child’s help in collecting materials for the project and set them aside until the day arrives for the weekly science lab.

If you find that some of these are a little more difficult than others, perhaps you could save them for the first grade science. 

Give your child a science notebook that s/he can decorate and organize. Your child can draw pictures of the steps, and you can help her write them down until she is older.

Think for a moment about the awesomeness of this experience for your child. Your child is learning to act orderly, to perform steps sequentially, to keep records, and to practice safety. On top of that, your child is learning to make food. Below is an example of one of them: making yogurt.

Mostly what your child will learn here is the focus on scientific method. Be sure to use a thermometer, clean bowl, glass Pyrex measuring cup (It’s easier to see the measurements through the glass.) Since you will be making a batch of healthy bacteria, your child will also learn about good health and only putting healthy foods like yogurt into her body.

Kindergarten - Art

The older your child becomes always introduce some new art activity to her. Art appreciation and craft activities should be a big part of your child’s kindergarten curriculum. Experimenting with various types of paint and other media will give your child many quiet activities to help to relieve stress and appreciate and create beauty throughout her life.

Kindergarten - Physical Education and Safety

There is age-appropriate  t-ball, soccer, kickball, track & field, and basketball available for a child in kindergarten. Classes in swimming, tennis, and some of the martial arts are also available for five-year-olds. Hiking along nature trails is a fun, healthy, and educational activity also.

By the way, whenever you are out in nature always make enough noise to let the snakes know that you are headed their way. This will give them a chance to hide, and you’ll never see them.

I lived in the desert for 16 years and only accidentally came across two poisonous snakes. I kept my eyes on them and slowly backed away.


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