Skills by Month

These are the skills that your child is learning in school and are expected to be reinforced at home.

September

Saying first and last name                 Identifying basic colors

Identifying first name                         Identifying basic shapes (along with an intro to hexagons, rhombii, and trapezoids)

Spelling first name                                Holding a book correctly 

Writing first name                                 Identifying cover, title, author and back side of a book

Counting to 30                                       Distinguishing pictures from words

Drawing pictures to tell                      Holding a pencil correctly

stories                                                        Naming parts of the body (head, shoulder, wrists, ankles, etc)

Writing symbols to explain               Naming the month, days of the week, and year 

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October

Reading:

  identifying rhyming words, identifying letter sounds, identifying beginning letter sounds in spoken words, distinguishing the difference between letters and words, pointing under words as you read, continuing to take picture walks, sequencing story events.

Writing:

holding a pencil correctly, writing first name, telling a personal narrative in sequential order and drawing it on paper (what happened first, next, after that, and at the end).

Phonics/Penmanship:

knowing sounds of a, b, c, and d. knowing how to write uppercase and lowercase Aa, Bb, Cc, Dd correctly.

Math:

Counting to 20, writing numbers to 9, knowing telephone number and home address (at least building and street numbers), being able to identify and create a simple pattern

Social Studies:

identifying the characteristics of the fall season, identifying holidays celebrated this month (Columbus Day, Halloween, end of Ramadan)

November

Reading:

making personal connections to stories, identifying these sight words: "I, am, like, the, for, my" in texts, pointing under words as they read, and doing one to one matching as they read (distinguishing each word they read by pointing to it), identifying story elements: characters, setting, problem, conclusion.

Writing:

making responses to stories read in class, listening to beginning sounds in words and writing down the correct letter, using learned sight words in writing (these appear on our word wall or other places in the classroom)

Math:

counting to 50, writing numbers in standard form from 0-10, identifying numberals to 50, identifying the ones and tens place in numerals,creating and extending  patterns, use of these vocabulary words: shorter, longer, taller, heavy(ier), light(er), knowing street address and phone number, identifying things that have symmetry 

Social Studies:

identifying these holidays: Election Day, Veteran's Day, and Thanksgiving, identifying what a family is, who makes up a family, and what things families may do together

Phonics:

Identifying letters Aa-Pp and the sounds they each make, writing the letters Aa-Pp using standard letter formations, identifying upper and lower case letters between Aa-Pp

December

Reading:

Responding to literature by making personal connections, connections between books, and retelling events in a story. Sounding out initial letters of unknown words, reading unknown words by using picture clues, using background knowledge to comprehend text.

Writing:

Continuing to make responses to stories read in class, listening to beginning sounds in words and writing down the correct letter, using learned sight words in writing (these appear on our word wall or other places in the classroom)

Math:

Counting to 70, identifying numerals to 70, making and extending patterns with up to 3 kinds of objects, comparing numbers, ordering numbers, identifying characteristics of shapes (numbers of sides, corners, and angles), identifying plus and minus signs, making addition number stories

Social Studies:

Learning about these holidays: Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. Making paper menorahs, Christmas wreaths, paper stockings, and mkeke place mats

Phonics:

Identifying letters Aa-Zz and the sounds they each make, writing the letters Aa-Zz using standard letter formations, identifying upper and lower case letters between Aa-Zz

January

Reading:

Discussing the features of the genre of "how-to" (or functional) writing. Reading with punctuation marks (periods, commas, quotation marks, ellipses dots, exclamation points, question marks). Reading pages containing 2 or more lines. Figuring out unknown words by sounding out initial letters, using picture clues, and thinking about what would make sense. Making mental images and sketching or acting  to reflect understanding of read alouds.

Writing:

Sequencing personal experiences step by step with the purpose of teaching someone to do something (How-To writing). Sounding out words, listening for letter sounds in the beginning, middle, and ending of words and writing down the corresponding letters.  Leaving a space between words. Ending a sentence with a punctuation mark. Using the word wall as a reference to spell words.

Math:

counting to 100 by ones, fives, and tens. writing and counting tally marks. sorting objects by features. measuring objects with non standard and standard units of measure. reading and writing two digit numerals. using the calculator-- identifying the buttons and counting forwards and backwards to ten using the plus and minus buttons. 

Social Studies:

What makes up a neighborhood. Using a map to locate places.

Holidays: Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday

Phonics:

Identifying the 5 vowels and the short sounds they make (a, e, i, o, u)

These are examples of short vowel sounds (a   as in apple, e  as in egg,  i  as in inchworm, o  as in octopus,  u  as in umbrella,)

Blending three letter words with a consonant--vowel--consonant make-up (examples, cat, bat, bed, red, etc)

February

Reading:

Obtaining facts by looking at pictures in non fiction books. Monitoring for comprehension by placing sticky notes with question marks when they don't understand something and exclamation points when they notice something fascinating in their non fiction books. 

Writing:

Culmination of How-to Writing and Introduction to Non fiction. Students will learn how to identify and produce facts through observations and research. Skills will be applied in the production of their own non fiction books. Students will continue to learn how to sound out words and write corresponding letters, use the word wall and other resources as reference for spelling, leave spaces between words, use punctuation, label pictures, and include other features of non fiction text (i.e. table of contents, captions, glossary)

Math:

Counting past 100 and reading numbers up to 100. Identifying  pennies, nickels, and dimes and knowing their values. Identifying solid, 3 dimensional shapes (cube, sphere, cone, rectangular prism, pyramid).

Social Studies:

Identifying Community Workers/ African Americans in History

Phonics:

Identifying the 5 vowels and the short sounds they make (a, e, i, o, u). These are examples of short vowel sounds (a   as in apple, e  as in egg,  i  as in inchworm, o  as in octopus,  u  as in umbrella,). Blending three letter words with a consonant--vowel--consonant make-up (examples, cat, bat, bed, red, etc)