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New Haven, CT, Est. 1913

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    Kindergarten Resources and Strategies for Parents

    Kindergarten Resources and Strategies for Parents

    "Champions are made when NOBODY is watching."

    The Importance of Practice:  Students receive homework packets weekly, but practicing the skills taught in class are critical for student success.  In addition to reading for 15-20 minutes each night, and completing written homework, students are expected to be practicing letter identification, letter sounds, rhyming, writing, counting, and so much more.

    *If your child is doing any extra work at home, please feel free to send it to school with them so that we can encourage them to continue practicing!

    Letter Sound Song 1:

    Letter Sound Song 2:

    Usher's ABC Song:

    100 Dance:

    Rap to 100:

    Seasons Song:


    • Count in the car or before bed (by 1’s and 10’s)
    • Write your numbers (Draw a line and then you're done, that's the way you make a 1.  Make an S and close the gate, that's the way you make an 8.  Down, across, and down some more, that's the way you make a four.  Around the track and back on the railroad track.  Two!  Two!)
    • Ask your child to tell you about a ten frame (see if they can draw one).  


    • Practice writing your name, uppercase letters and lowercase letters.
    • Write sentences using sight words and "stretching out your sounds."  Sight words introduced:  I, a, the, see, and
    • Draw pictures and add details and labels.


    • Discuss letter sounds every chance you get.  For example: “You are eating soup, what letter do you think "soup" begins with? Emphasize the "s" sound in Soup (Ssssoup)."
    • Practice rhyming and word families (say them, read them, and write them):  Cat, Hat, Bat, Sat / Fan, Man, Pan, Can / Bed, Fed, Led, Red


    • Students should read for 15-20 minutes each night and log it in the Reading Log.
    • Find or create a cozy reading space.  
    • Reading Stamina Champions get to do really cool things at school!  Ask your child how they can become a Reading Stamina Champion.
    • Read with your child (read to them, read together, listen while they read to you)
    • Strong readers read books more than once.
    • Point to a comma, period, question mark, or exclamation point and ask your child what it is called and what it means.

    College Major/Degree:  Psychology / Elementary Education

    College Attended: Yale University / Johns Hopkins

    Fun Fact: I captained the Yale Women’s Soccer team in 2013 and am currently the Director of Soccer Operations.

    Favorite part about being an Environmental Studies School:  My favorite part about being Environmental Studies school is that we are committed to something that is bigger than ourselves. Specifically, our environmental focus promotes kinesthetic learning and instills values of respect and concern for both humans and nature.

    Favorite Quote: As you put your sights on your goals – no matter how great and compelling they are – as you look into the distance, don’t forget what is right in front of you today. No matter how great your dreams, no matter how great your destiny, the biggest thing you can do in any day is a small act of kindness.”  -Cory Booker

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