*Count to 20 by ones and tens
*Sort and classify objects
*Count a set of objects and write the numeral for that quantity (up to 10)
*Count objects arranged in a line, a rectangular array, a circle, or in a scattered arrangement (up to 20)
*Understand the idea of more, less, longer, shorter, taller, heavier, lighter
*Recognize numerals using number cards (1-10). Knows which number is greater/less between the two without using manipulatives.
For a challenge, work on:
*Recognizing and writing numbers above 10 (you can go as high as your child can). Try the numbers in order as well as out of order.
*Skip counting by 10s, 5s, and/or 2s
*Counting objects by grouping them in 10s, 5s, or 2s
If your child has trouble with any of the objectives, work on:
*Counting objects while you are doing errands
*Counting together in the car as you are riding down the road
*Write numerals in shaving cream
*Play “War” with a deck of cards to work on the idea of greater than, less than, and equal to
*Letter recognition (all upper and lowercase)
*Identify all Letterland Characters
*Identify parts of book (front, back, title)
*Distinguishes between letters and words
*Points to first/last letter in a word
*Points to first/last word on a page
*Work on sight word of the week and review previous sight words
*Identify word pairs that rhyme
For additional challenge, try:
*Reading more challenging high frequency words listed on our website
*Reading more challenging books from the library
*Reading non-fiction books
*Make sure you ask your child comprehension questions including characters, setting, events, identifying the author’s message, and making personal connections to the book.
If your child has difficulty with the objectives, try:
*Focusing on one or two letters/skills at a time
*Work on identifying the letters in your name
*Children will often confuse letters and words. Start with identifying one letter/two letters and then first/last letter in a word. Once your child has that down, move on to words.
*Read stories that have rhyming words.
Repetition is important!
*Practice writing your first name using a capital letter for the first letter and lowercase letters for the rest.
*Write letters of the alphabet.
*Write dominant sounds your child hears in a word he/she is writing. (phonetic spelling--conventional spelling will develop as we write more...)
If your child already knows the objectives above, for a challenge try:
*Spelling high frequency words (or words your child uses a lot)
*Correct formation of the letters on lined paper
*Write 1 or more sentences about a personal experience (a trip to the zoo or a visit to Grandma’s house).
*Practice writing words and/or sentences using dominant consonant sounds. If your child can do that, encourage him/her to add vowels.
If your child has trouble with any of the objectives above, then:
*Have your child practice writing his/her name in the sand or in shaving cream.
*Rainbow write your name. (You write your child’s name in large letters on a piece of paper. He/she traces their name over and over using different colored crayons)
*Focus on a couple of letters at a time. Practice recognizing the letters and the sound each letter makes. Make it into a game and think of words that begin with that letter.
*Look for letters in the environment while you are out shopping.
Give lots of praise!