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Published on May 5, 2010

Kindergarten Parents: Katherine Finchy Kindergarten teachers are here to help you! Our little songs and skills segments are designed to help you, the parents, to have the tools you need to work with your kindergarten student at home. Build on your student's basic skills by watching these short videos with your child. Then, modify them or adapt them as you facilitate your child's growth. Sing the songs and practice the skills together. You will create a foundation for school success!

Skill segment: Syllables and Learning Your Teacher's Name

Whenever you say a word, your chin drops open on each syllable. This skill of hearing and identifying the syllables in words helps students begin to listen to the sounds of language. Hearing the sounds of language is a foundational skill for both reading and writing success. This important skill can be made into a fun game that can be practiced every day at home with your child. "Let's clap your name. Let's touch our chin and feel it drop on every syllable in your name. Now, let's count the syllables." Count the syllables in every word your child thinks is fun or interesting (examples: alligator, dog, everyone's name in your family, friends' names, McDonald's, Disneyland, other favorite restaurants or places, etc.) Remember, effort plus frequent practice equals success! Mrs. Stuart, Mrs. Olvera and Mrs. Duncan will all be working together this year to help your child achieve success at school. But a child's most important teachers are his own parents!

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