Parent Question: My son is going into kindergarten in the fall. What skill should I focus on for the
remainder of this year and into the summer?
My insight: Without knowing your child specifically, I can give insight into what areas I feel are essential as your child enters kindergarten – phonemic awareness skills that are emerging and social skills during play
My personal experience has shown that children who enter kindergarten have quite a range of skills –
some kids come into kindergarten reading and some are just beginning to identify letters. Every child comes in with their own personal strengths and I don’t ever feel like one child is better than another because they display a particular skill.
Emerging phonemic awareness skills such as the ability to rhyme, break words into syllables, isolating the sounds, and manipulating the sounds improves their ability to gain necessary skills for reading. Because social-emotional development is essential for every person, regardless of their age, providing your child with an opportunity to express emotions, problem solve, handle frustration appropriately, and respond to those moments that occurred differently than your child expected will prepare them for all of the social situations they will encounter in kindergarten. This week, I will focus on ways to naturally incorporate phonemic awareness into your daily routines.
~Marena Mitchell, Speech-Language Pathologist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist
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