Let’s learn to identify basic punctuation at the end of sentences (. ! ?).
- When reading with your child, have him or her point to the punctuation at the end of sentences. Name the periods, the exclamation marks and the question marks for him or her.
Let’s learn to name, make the sound for and print the letters: Bb, Rr, Hh, Dd, Cc, Ee, Uu and Ii.
- Practice naming, making the sound for and printing the letters: Bb, Rr, Hh, Dd, Cc, Ee, Uu and Ii. Use them in words like rib, bud and red.
- See how many objects you can find around the house that begin with each letter sound, and put little pieces of paper on them with the appropriate letter.
Let’s learn to recognize and spell these sight words: a, am, are, he, I, is, it, she, the, you.
- Print each word on a small piece of paper. Arrange the words into short silly sentences like ‘I am it’ and ‘She is you.’ Take turns sounding out the words as you read them, and then talk to your child about whether or not the sentences make sense.
Can your child consistently:
- Identify basic punctuation at the end of sentences (. ! ?).
- Name, make the sound for and print the letters: Bb, Rr, Hh, Dd, Cc, Ee, Uu and Ii.
- Recognize and spell these sight words: a, am, are, he, I, is, it, she, the, you.
Did you know?
Some children will write before they show much success reading. This shows that they are able to both recognize the sounds in words and link those sounds to letters or groups of letters that represent those sounds in writing (graphemes). These are both essential skills for writing and reading. They may just need more practice for the reverse process of reading.