On 9/05/14, mhope wrote:
> On 9/05/14, Linda Andrews wrote:
>> When are students in your school expected to know all
>> letter names? Sounds?
> There is such a large variation between student knowledge
> at the entrance of kindergarten it can seem very daunting.
> Though many student will enter Kindergarten knowing
> not all of their letter, we usually see about only a few of
> those know the sounds; and another quarter of our
> don't know the difference between letters or numbers and
> can't even identify a single letter in their name! More
> than half of the students I have, usually know the letters
> and most of their sounds by Christmas. However, we only
> focus on one letter a week between Sept. and Dec. 20th!
> (many letters with be picked up throuh exposure) I usually
> still have about a quarter of my class that only knows
> about 15 letters by Christmas. For those it is a big push
> to cement in letter knowledge by the end of February. And
> that is when you can make a more definative judgemnet of
> which few students may need to repeat kindergarten. For
> some it is just too early but,....I've seen "almost
> miracles" occur within a couple of months. As for when are
> students expected to know ALL letter names and sounds:
> before May would be good! However, students are still
> learning to read long before they have completely mastered
> all names and sounds. In fact I've come across several
> cases where children know all letter sounds and have no
> clue of letter names...they can read beautifully! As of
> this week we have covered 5 color words, 4 high frequency
> words, only one letter "Mm" in our reading lessons. Know
> that children blossom in their own time, and for most it
> will happen by Spring.