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Project Idaho: Getting ready for kindergarten

Watch the video above to see a few inexpensive ways Leisy recommends to get your kid caught up on essential skills like letter recognition, reading, comprehension, writing math, and other essential kindergarten skills. (File Photo)

"In the beginning of kindergarten we're learning how to go to school because it's a whole new thing they've never done that before," said Willow Creek Kindergarten teacher Beth Leisy.

Leisy says one of the most difficult parts of teaching kindergarten is that every child is coming in with a different level of knowledge.

"After the first week of school we do reading groups. We have our intervention students. We have our middle of the road students and then we have our higher students and they're all reading different books, some of them a lot harder than others," said Leisy. "Studies have shown that if you're not reading on grade level by third grade the chances of you ever reading on grade level are extremely low."

She says by the end of the year the standard is that her students should be able to read CVC words which stands for for consonant vowel consonant.

"Cat, sat, pat. Those kinds of words," Leisy said "We have a couple kids I think maybe five this year who came in not knowing what their letters even looked like so you show them a p you have no idea."

Knowing how to recognize the numbers one through ten and what they mean is also important.

"You want to teach them one to one correspondence," said Leisy.

Watch the video above to see a few inexpensive ways Leisy recommends to get your kid caught up on essential skills like letter recognition, reading, comprehension, writing math, and other kindergarten tasks.


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