Phonics sounds are a key component to reading. Before you start teaching your child how to read, make sure that they know all of the long and short vowel sounds. Here I have provided a printable worksheet and a youtube video for the long A sound.
Being a homschooler, I know that my child is getting the best education, but that doesn't mean that I don't wonder if she truly is prepared. We are mothers and fathers and grandparents; it is our jobs to make sure our children are hitting "appropriate" (I put that in parentheses because I'm unsure if that is even the word I should be using) milestones by grade.
Because my only example is my own child, I will start off by saying that my daughter who is classified as a kindergartener by state standards has surpassed the first grade curriculum. Already, I'm in murky territory.
However, at the end of this month, I have compiled a list that I expect her to fulfill, not because she is entering "first grade" but because I want to maintain a goal. Whatever we haven't accomplished here, we will continue to work on through the following months.
If you are not homeschooling your child, then this is the perfect list to check your child on before they enter the next grade. Of course, this may be applied to a first grader going into second grade as well. I made it based on my child's aptitude and what we have learned throughout the year.
Keep a Poem in Your Pocket
Keep a poem in your pocket
and a picture in your head
and you'll never feel lonely
at night when you're in bed.
The little poem will sing to you.
The little picture it brings to you
A dozen dreams to dance to you
At night when your in bed.
Keep a picture in your pocket
And a poem in your head
And you'll never feel lonely
At night when your in bed.
Beatrice Schenkde Regniers
Rhyme and meter are inherent qualities of our language development. I've yet to see a child not remember a poem or simple limerick. It's second nature for us to remember language that adheres to a rhythm, and that's probably why poetry is our oldest art form, even predating literacy.
You can use poetry to teach children how to read, spell, and remember important information. We sing in verse. Children love poetry. Over the next week and a half, we are talking poetry . And while we use poetry in all of our lessons, I wanted to give you this set of activities to use with your kids at home (or in the classroom). We will be building our own poetry collection as we go along and after the lesson is completed, we will continue write more poetry in the book throughout the year.
Stanzas:Stanzas are lines grouped together and broken up by an empty line from other stanzas. One way to identify a stanza is to count the number of lines:
Alliteration:The repetition of initial sounds on the same line or stanza - Big boring Bob bumped bravely.
Assonance:The repetition of vowel sounds. The famous How Now Brown Cow
Consonance: The repetition of consonant sounds. For example, " And all the air a solemn stillness holds. "(T. Gray)
Onomatopoeia: Words that sound like that which they describe - Whoosh! Snap!Boom! Crash! Pow! Quack! Moo! Caress...
Parallel Structure:A form of repetition where the order of verbs and nouns is repeated; it may involve exact words, but it more importantly repeats sentence structure - "I came, I saw, I conquered".
Simile:The rhetorical device used to designate resemblances. Most similes are introduced by "like" or "as." These comparisons are usually between dissimilar situations or objects that have something in common, such as "My love is like a red, red rose."
Metaphor:A metaphor leaves out "like" or "as" and implies a direct comparison between objects or situations. "All flesh is grass."
Synecdoche:A form of metaphor, which in mentioning an important (and attached) part signifies the whole (e.g. "hands" for labor).
Metonymy:A form of metaphor allowing an object associated (but unattached) with an object or situation to stand in for the thing itself (e.g. the crown or throne for a king or the bench for the judicial system).
Symbol:Similar to a simile or metaphor with the first term left out. "My love is like a red, red rose" is a simile. If, through persistent identification of the rose with the beloved woman, we may come to associate the rose with her and her particular virtues. The rose would becomes a symbol.
Allegory:Can be defined as a one-to-one relationship between abstract ideas and images presented in the form of a narrative. For example, George Orwell's Animal Farm is an extended allegory.
Personification:Occurs when you treat abstractions or inanimate objects as human.
Note: You may think your young child cannot grasp the bigger elements here, but I guarantee that they can. If that means you need to stretch each element out over a week, then you should do that. Learning poetry will build critical thinking skills and build upon the imagination.
Color theory is an ideal topic to use for preschool, kindergarten, first grade and beyond, with each year getting a bit more scientific. For us, talking about color builds into a week-long unit study that art, math, science, history, and writing.
Today, I will teach you the basic information you need to teach color theory, build a color wheel and ideas for developing a unit study. Resources that we use will be given to, either as affiliate links or just good ole fashioned resource links across the homeschool/education web.
Just remember to have fun! Remember, this is designed for 3-6 year olds...not a third grader. Keep it simple. Keep it fun. Get a little messy.
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