Letters and Phonics
We learn our letter sounds with the help our the Journey Program's Alphafriends! We are introduced to several friends a week. The alphafriends provide a friendly visual connection to the alphabet letters, a fun song and poem to connect the letter sound, and we add a way to move our body when we make their sound.
Here is an alphabet page with all our alphafriends. It is helpful to use when kidwriting and practicing letter sounds:
Here are alphafriend flash cards that you can print and use to practice sounds with your child:
Here is a song of all our alphafriends:
The Journey's reading program introduces your child to 88 high frequency words that we call sight words. Your child's ability to recognize and read these words is beneficial in helping them grow as a fluent reader. The goal of our kindergarten program is to have your child recognize 46 of these sight words.
Here is a list of the words that your child is expected to know by the end of Kindergarten and flash cards:
You will see your child grow as a reader. Working in small groups, your child will read simple emergent readers and apply good reading skills and strategies. They will learn to recognize frequent sight words, sound out words, utilize pictures to help with unknown words and recognize word patterns. By the end of Kindergarten, our goal is to have your child reading at a level D.
Here is an example of a level D book: