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1 Homework Activities for Kindergarten Listed below are several learning activities for your child to complete at home to reinforce skills being taught in school. The sight words are on the last page. Reading Activities: There are three ways your child can read a book: read the words, read the pictures, or retell the story. Have your child: read a book to a pet read a book using a magnifying glass practice reading sight words or a book to a stuffed animal or a class made up of toys make a private reading nook from blankets and pillows and read quietly role-play being the teacher and reading to a class or being a parent reading to their child. Provide a mirror for your child to use and have him read while looking into it. Sight Word Activities: trace a sight word on your back and guess what the word is, then switch and you write on your child s back write letters and sight words in something mushy like shaving cream, finger paint, or pudding. Go outside and allow him to paint letters or words on the sidewalk with a brush and water. write sight words in a Word document, making each one in a different font or color, then print it for her to read

2 design a new placemat each week by writing sight words around the mat. Family members can quiz him on these words. make a word search using the sight words play I Spy Word Hunt - Have your child find and highlight sight words in magazines, newspapers, junk mail, anything you can find! write the sight words on a piece of paper and have your child hunt for them around the house. Check the words off as your child finds them in magazines, books, on games, shopping lists, food packaging, letters, junk mail and so on. write each sight word on a strip of paper. Place them on the floor about two feet apart in a line, and ask your child to complete an action (like jumping 3 times) in front of the word while reading it out loud. write each sight word on a strip of paper. Hide them around the house and ask your child to go on a sight word hunt. Play hot and cold as he searches for the words. write each sight word on strips of paper, and write a number ranging from 1-5 below it. Stick the words to a wall. Have your child throw a soft ball (Nerf ball) at each word, read it, and spell it correctly. If they can do this, they receive the point on the paper. Another adult or child can keep tally. Compare the scores from day to day. use a permanent marker to print chosen sight words onto a beach ball. Toss the ball to each other. As your child catches the ball, she must read and then spell the word that faces her and then throw it back. Take turns doing this. write a sight word in large print on a piece of paper and tape it on the bedroom door. When you read to your child at night, your child has to hunt for that word in the story and say it in a robot, baby or silly voice. write sight words on strips of paper. Place the strips on the floor. Explain to your child that you are going to play some music and she can dance to it. Tell her that when you pause the music, she must read and spell the word while standing next to it. If she reads it correctly, she can keep the word. Continue until all of the words are gone.

3 Writing Activities: practice writing his first and last name. Reinforce that he is to print a capital letter only at the beginning of each name. Have your child use a different colored pencil or marker for each letter. write the letters of the alphabet, upper case then lower case, and draw a picture of something that begins with that letter use Play-Doh to form letters record the names of the children they played with this past week write down what she ate today write a shopping list with an adult write down the ingredients you used while you are preparing a meal write three facts about their favorite animal or place investigate a place the family will visit this year. Record a list of things they can do while there. draw a picture and tell you a story about the picture. Write the story that she tells you. Model the correct sentence structure, grammar and spelling. find sight words from a book he is reading. (Use a magnifying glass for fun!) Ask him to record the words he finds and use tally marks when he finds the same word again. play Rhyme with Me by saying a word, such as cat and having your child reply with a rhyming word. Ask her to stretch the words out and then try to write the word and draw pictures of they rhyming pair.

4 Math practice counting. Begin with counting to 10 and gradually work your way up to 100. Make it fun by having your child count the steps from one room or place to another, count the windows, doorknobs or light bulbs in the house, count coins, etc. write numbers to 100. Begin with the numbers 1-10 and gradually increase by tens until he reaches 100. Have your child use Play-Doh to form numbers. count to 100 by 10s, 5s, and 2s with your child. name the number after or before a given number make coin exchanges: one nickel for 5 pennies, 2 nickels or 10 pennies for one dime, etc. draw pictures to solve number stories and write the number sentence - for example, I picked three flowers and you picked two flowers. How many do we have all together? The child would draw a group of three flowers, then a group of 2 flowers and write = 5. play Guess My Number. Parent, say I m thinking of number between 5 and 15 (give a span of ten to start, and increase by 10 s to make the game more difficult) and have your child guess what your number is. Reply with too high or too low if the number guessed is not correct. using magnetic numbers have your child: o put them in numerical order o choose 2 numbers such as 5 and 7, and have your child find the missing number o choose 2 consecutive numbers and have your child find the number before or after o complete simple addition problems using the + and = signs o use the magnetic letter V sideways and have your child turn it correctly to make the greater than ( > ) or less than ( < ) sign and place it correctly between two numbers, such as 5 > 2, 4 < 7 (the opening always points to the larger number) create patterns using buttons, coins, or drawing objects on paper name a shape and have your child find things that are that shape throughout the house

5 Sight Words 1 st Quarter a and the go had I he see has you 2 nd Quarter we of in am at to as have is it can has him on did girl all 3 rd Quarter but for her look she said that up with were they then there when 4 th Quarter The following color and number words are taught throughout the year and will be assessed 4 th Quarter. red one blue two yellow three green four orange five purple six black seven brown eight white nine pink ten

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