In my class, we use authentic learning experience to learn. If they are authentic and real experiences your child will develop a deeper understanding and have a stronger foundation for more learning to take place. Because of this worksheets will not be coming home as homework! I will send home activities throughout the year to complete. These are fun and engaging activities you can do with your child. In the mean time here is a list of activities to do daily.
READ!- Read to your child each night before bed. I suggest a minimum of three picture books or later in the year 2 chapters from a chapter book. Reading helps your child learn concepts about print, language, reading and writing skills and helps lengthen their attention span.
Chant the ABC- An alphabet chart will be coming home the first week of school. Keep it in a safe place out in the open like on the fridge or on your child's night stand. Chant the alphabet each morning during breakfast or at night before reading.
Write- At the beginning of the school year we teach writing by having the children draw stories. We are looking to see if they know pictures convey meaning. Have your child write a story each day. Ask them to tell you what their story is about. If your child can do more than this have them label their drawings with the beginning letter of the sound they hear (e.g. they drew a sun so they would label the sun with an s). During this process they are also building muscles in their hands which they will need for when we work on handwriting at the beginning of the year.
Have frequent "educational" conversations with your child- talking is great but deep questioning is even better. For example, " Look at that bright sign. What letter does that word start with? We only have one cupcake but there are two of us. How can we solve this problem?"
Small children learn everything they know because of conversations with adults and peers. It is one of the greatest educational tools we have.