Re: Letters

    On 1/01/15, kdgtn56 wrote:sorry. My wifi isn't working well with
    me, but wanted Linda to know what a beautiful job she did
    covering this question. All children do develop their letter/
    sound skills at different times. There are many variables that
    will play a part in acquiring these skills.
    > On 9/05/14, mhope wrote:
    >> On 9/05/14, Linda Andrews wrote:
    >>> When are students in your school expected to know all
    > the
    >>> 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
    > many if
    >> not all of their letter, we usually see about only a few of
    >> those know the sounds; and another quarter of our
    > students
    >> 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.