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Dear Families,

We all know that raising readers, writers and mathematicians is a team effort. We’re working hard at school, and we appreciate all you do to create a literacy-rich environment for your children at home. Every time you read to your child or write a note or tell a story, you’re sending the powerful message that literacy is important and enjoyable. Thank you!

Here are some ideas and resources to use at home. Use them however you wish. They’re meant to support and inspire you as you create fun family literacy routines.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at for additional ideas or if you have any questions. 

Mrs. Lavigne

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Letters and Sounds are the Foundation for Reading...

1.        Sprinkle a layer of salt, sugar or flour onto a cookie sheet.  Print your letters with your finger 4 or more times.

2.         Find the letters in the newspaper or in a magazine.  Cut out the letters and glue them onto paper.

3.         Make rainbow letters using markers or crayons to copy your letters in different color combinations.  For example, print your letter in red, then trace over it in green, then blue, etc.

4.         See how many times you can write a letter in one minute.

5.         Shine a flashlight on the ceiling.  Make your letter with the beam of light.  Take turns guessing each other’s letters.

6.         Read a story, and see how many times you can find your letter.

7.         Print your letter on someone’s back using your finger.  Ask the person to  guess your letter.

8.         Make your letters with clay.

9.         Paint your letters with water colors.

10.        Find some words that begin with your letter.

11.        Print your letter on a blackboard with a wet paint brush, and watch it  disappear.

12.        Find things in your house or in your yard that begin with your letter.

13.        Bring in any of your letter work you would like to share. 

14.        Have fun!


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Literacy Routines

 • Establish a regular time to read aloud to your child each day. Choose a time that fits best with your family routine. If reading before bed doesn’t work for you, how about a book over breakfast?

• Create a writing spot in your home. It doesn’t need to be fancy, just a good writing surface and a few materials, organized and accessible for your young writer to use whenever the mood strikes. (A stack of paper, a notebook, some sharp pencils and a set of crayons are just fine.)

• With your child’s help, find the perfect spot to curl up with a good book. A cozy chair (or any comfortable corner of your home) will make a terrific book nook as long as the area has good light and a container of “just right” books nearby.

• Model reading for your child. Make a point to sit down and read your favorite magazine, newspaper or book, so your child can see how you value reading in your own life. Invite your child to read alongside you and share funny or interesting details about your book.

Kindergarten Sight Words

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Suggested Activities

 - Identify sight words around your home or while out and about.   Signs, newspapers, cereal boxes, food labels and other environmental print are great resources for seeing high frequency words being used in the environment around them.  

- Choose a sight word.  While reading a book, have your student look for that word in the text and keep track of how many times it appears in the book.  Encourage them to read the word when it appears in the text.

 - Have your lizard select 3 high frequency words that they are familiar with and have them practice saying, spelling, writing, and using the word in a sentence.

- Make the sight words with playdough, bake them with cookie dough, or write them in shaving cream.

 - Write high frequency words on post it notes and place them around the house.  Students can go on a word hunt and they have to correctly identify the word before they can take it down from its place.

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