During the second six weeks, your kindergarten student will concentrate on the following skills.  Listed below are the skills that will be developed and some activities that you may do at home with your kindergarten student.


Language Arts


v  Blends spoken onsets and rimes to form simple words

Activity:  The child will be able to say a word when given the word orally in parts.  Example:

 d - og = dog, h – at = hat.


v  Counts syllables in a word

Activity:  Say one, two, three, or four syllable words to your child. Have child say the word, clap and count each syllable.


v  Makes text to self connections

Activity:  As you read to/with your child each day, talk about the text.  Say things like, “That reminds me of when we …” or “Once when I was little…”  Ask questions like these about the story/poem:  “Does that remind you of anything that has happened to you?”  “Have you ever done anything like that?”


v  Discusses ideas for writing

Activity:  Talk with your child about what he/she is writing about during writing workshop time.  Allow your child to tell you why he/she wanted to write that. Encourage your child to listen for and write letters and sounds he/she hears to write words.

Social Studies

v  Recognizes community helpers

Activity:  Discuss people who help our community such as police, firemen, doctors, carpenters, etc. Talk about the tools each helper uses in his/her job.


v  Understands the purpose and process of voting

Activity: As a family or group of friends, vote on choices for dinner, snacks or places to go emphasizing that each person gets only one vote.



 v  Counts forward and backward to/from 20

Activity:  Practice counting objects (such as toys or pencils) forward from 1 to 20.  Follow this with taking away objects from a set of 20 and counting backward as objects are taken away.  Count from 0 to 20 as your child takes steps down the hall.  Then ask your child to walk backward and count backward from 20 to 0.


v  Counts and name sets of objects in any arrangement (up to 20)

Activity:  Give your child a set of objects to count (such as candy, toys, stickers, etc.) that total any number between 1 and 20.  Ask your child to tell the total of the set (e.g. there are 16) and then write the number.  Rearrange the set of objects in a different way (e.g. grouped closer together or further apart or in a pattern) and repeat.



v  Compares two numbers (up to 20).

Activity:  Using counters such as beans, M&Ms, toothpicks, etc., show the child a number (0-20) and have him/her make a set containing that number. After making two sets, compare how many more objects are in the larger set.  Try arranging the objects both vertically and horizontally to compare.  Ask your child to say how the sets compare (e.g. there are 11 in this group and 16 in this group; the group of 11 is less than the group of 16).

v  Recite numbers to 40 by ones from any given number.

Activity:  Ask your child to count to 40 starting with the number 1.  Ask your child to count to 40 again, starting with another number (e.g. 13).  Repeat often and with different numbers. Create a game by writing the numbers 1 – 40 on paper or cards, turning these face down, and drawing a number for your child to count from.

 v  Creates a set of objects equal to, less than, or more than a given number.

Activity: Say a number between 1 and 20 (or pick a card!).  Ask your child to make a group of objects (candy, stickers, toys) or walk a number of steps (e.g. walks 16 steps) that is equal to the given number. Repeat with different numbers and vary whether you ask for a group that is less than, equal to, or more than the given number.




v  Identifies and sequences the four seasons

Activity:  Family Research Fun

Can you find pictures of different seasons?  How do you know what season it is in the pictures?  What clothes do we wear during each season? 


v  Identifies properties of a liquid (water)

Activity:  Family Research Fun

Look for liquids around your home.  What words would you use to describe them?  Which liquids are safe for children and which are not?


v  Understands concepts related to sound

Activity:  Experiment with your kindergartner's sense of sound in this fun activity.  Put objects that make different sounds in some containers and shake them up like maracas! Your child will get in some early science practice as he identifies hard and soft sounds.