Sep 5, 2014
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.