Parents ask me from time to time why I am so passionate about Kindergartners learning letters and sounds, writing and doing some early reading in Kindergarten. The answer is simple. When a child is able to successfully read and express themselves in writing, then all of the other subject areas will fall into place. A child must be able to read the directions on the math worksheets, read the Science book, read about famous Americans, and as the years go on, do their Physics and Biology…Have you looked in any first grade classrooms lately? Language Arts abound! Not to mention the reading level that first graders are supposed to achieve by the end of first grade. It’s astounding! Kindergarten classrooms should be rich in print, oral language, stories and story retelling, poetry, nursery rhymes, writing opportunities, and exposure to books that are read by others as well as books with simple (very simple) text on each page. Learning to read and write is a developmental milestone and we cannot make a child learn these skills until they are developmentally ready, but we can offer an environment that exposes these young children to our wonderful language in text, stories and oral language. Here in Kindergarten we are building the strong reading readiness foundation needed for first grade, you and your child will have to do the rest!