Re: Letters

    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.

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