For parents, this is a natural question to ask. For educators, this is a really loaded question. So let’s skip the long, highly variable lists of benchmarks and standards and get to the meat of the issue: what you can do right now at home to help your child have a great second half of the school year.
Let’s go beyond the literal question, “Where should my child be?” and speak to the concern underlying it: how can I help my child make strong reading progress between now and the end of the year?
If you play with rhymes just once a day with your Pre-K child, it will add up to hundreds of little phonological awareness lessons between now and the first day of Kindergarten.
Building a strong foundation for reading takes a lot of time and practice, so many of the skills a child starts to learn in Pre-K will continue to need practice into and throughout Kindergarten. In addition to phonological and phonemic awareness skills, a child has to have an automatic knowledge of letter names and sounds in order to start reading.
But I’m not going to leave you hanging with a vague tip like “practice with letter flashcards.” Keep these tips in mind as you start (or continue) your at-home letter practice:
Even though it isn’t glamorous, getting some letter flashcards and running through some names and sounds of them strategically every day will help your child tremendously.
At the end of the day, wondering where your child “should be” isn’t nearly as important as being able to meet your child where they are in their reading. Ello’s leveled system does just that. So whether your child is a budding bookworm, is reluctant about reading, or somewhere in between, Ello can give them the guided reading practice at home they need.