My little nephew, Kyle, plays Ice Hockey on a PeeWee team for my home town. Over the vacation, his team participated in a tournament that spanned 4 days and, unexpectedly, they made it all the way to the finals. Unfortunately, they lost the Championship Game 7-5. The children on the team had all worked so very hard at the early morning practices. Our family, near and far, applauded their tremendous effort; Kyle and his teammates had come so close.
Our little ones at Captain Hunt and Robertson have been hard at work, too. At Hunt, we have been learning to write our names as well as how to identify our written name, their friend's names and the letters which comprise their names. At Robertson, we have been writing a lot of stories, learning letters & sounds and beginning to learn to read by practicing the 50-100 sight words that we need to know by the end of the year. Halfway through the year, about half of the Kindergartners are 'on grade level,' as evidenced by their DRA2 Assessment Scores, and half are below.
It's not easy to practice the sight words each and every day, practice can be difficult whether athletic or educational, but by doing so, your Kindergartner will have the advantage of having those sight words as a solid foundation while they journey to become proficient readers. Thank you for prioritizing that time with your child each and every day. Thank you to parents of four year olds too for helping your preschooler practice letters and sounds each day; we have only a few months at the beginning of Kindergarten to learn all of their letters and sounds and so, if you help your child to know their letters now, the transition to Kindergarten will be easier. Together, with hard work, we can prepare your child for school success now.
After the tournament, Kyle was disappointed and thought about throwing out his Second Place medal but his parents didn't let him. I think that it was my Dad who used to say at our house, 'It's not if you win or lose but how you play the game.' Now, Kyle's medal hangs in his living room celebrating his hard work and his 'goal' during the Championship Game. Thank you for helping us to celebrate your child this year. At Robertson & Captain Hunt, like Kyle, all of the children are winners.
Beth Tanner, MS Ed