MS. ROCHE'S CLASS
Hello parents and guardians!
Please find below a list of resources that you can use at home to continue supporting your child on their learning journey and preparing in preparing them to continue this journey in kindergarten.
We focus on three main areas for development in our 100 voices program (Numeracy, Literacy, and Personal Growth) and strive to help children to develop in these areas through inquiry and play-based activities. That being said, I highly encourage all families to take this time to engage in play with your children: listen to what they're saying, model language for them, expand on their ideas, and have conversations about your play (and don't forget, it's okay to be silly)! Board games allow for your child to practice skills of sharing, turn taking, and cooperation, while imaginative play with dolls, blocks, cars, or loose parts provides opportunities for imagination and creativity to develop.
Another highly encouraged activity is reading with your children! Ask your children about their favourite characters (who/why?), about where the story is taking place, asking them to recall events in the story, and if they have ever experienced events like the ones in the story to help relate the story to their own world. Try to point out some concepts of reading, such as: what direction you are reading the text (by using your finger to point to the words), whether or not you should hold the book upside down/rightside up, where in the book should you start reading (beginning/middle/end).
Also try to have your child practice writing their name. Point out what letters they have in their name, and what sounds those letters make! (Here is a link to the letter sound videos that we watch regularly in class: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6Jz0Jp4XBY&list=PLHspFqiAPJ6Y5ixB7Ycy0XQflpRx1vpkG)
Also, allowing your child to have opportunities with a variety of art materials is a great way for them to express themselves (while also developing fine motor skills!) We encourage you to practice drawing skills with items such as crayons, markers, pencil crayons, paint, watercolours, or chalk!
For our numeracy practice, we encourage including your children in every day counting activities. Have your child help you count out items needed for preparing meals (ex. count out 3 carrots, count out 5 banana slices, or count out 10 cheerios), because in 100 Voices we focus on counting 1 to 5, and recognizing the quantities (how many) each number represents.
Another great way to practice and develop numeracy skills is to sort items. You can have your child help you sort laundry (based on colour or item!) or have them sort other items you have have at home (ex. buttons, food items, toys, etc). Ways to sort can include (but aren't limited to) by size / shape / colour / texture.
Lastly, try to include comparison words when playing with your children. Using words such as longer/shorter, bigger/smaller, heavy/light, more/less is a way to support your child in understanding how objects are related to each other and introduces them to the idea of length and mass. Activities such as baking or cooking are great ways to incorporate these words!
We talk a lot about feelings in our program, and how our actions have an impact on others (just as their actions have an impact on us). We ask that you continue to support this area of development at home by regularly discussing with your child how they are feeling (Please refer to our feeling chart if unsure). Ask your child how they are feeling and if they would like to tell you why they are feeling that way. We also do not expect you to implement school rules at home, but if you would like to use our ideas at home you are more than welcome (please refer to our classroom rules page). We discuss why we have rules, and what could happen if we didn't follow the rules.
Movement Breaks & Sing Alongs:
Please follow the links for some great movement activities and sing alongs!
ABCya - Interactive Online Learning Games (Numeracy / Literacy / Problem Solving)
Create Your Own Writing Worksheets
Mystery Science - Kindergarten Lessons
Scholastic At Home Learning & Literacy (PreK-K)
One of my favourite early learning blogs and inspirations for activities (Including freebies!)
Preschool 123 - At Home Activities & Worksheets
Vooks - Online Stories *** One month free trial and take home lessons
Kids Activities - Free Activities, Crafts, Numeracy/Literacy Worksheets
Bedtime Math - Free Numeracy/Math Apps for Families
CircleTime Fun (Classes at home - Code: homefun1)
We do not regularly make use of worksheets in our program as we often are engaged in play, but due to circumstances, we have also included some worksheets that can help support the development of your child's writing, numeracy, and fine motor skills. Please feel free to email me at any time if you are looking for any further or specific resources and I will do my best to provide them to you.
- Ms. Roche (Emily.Roche@ecsd.net)
Early Learning – Free iPad Apps
K-Z Tracing Words
Letters A to E Writing Booklets
Letters F to J Writing Booklets
Letters K to O Writing Booklets
Letters P to T Writing Booklets
Letters U to Z Writing Booklets
Problem Solving Steps
A-J Tracing Words
Take Home Literacy Tips
Take Home Numeracy