Associate the uppercase letter K and lowercase letter k with the /k/ sound as in kit, keep, and kindergarten.
- Bag labeled "Kindergarten K Kit"
- Picture cards
- Objects that begin with the letter K and some that do not (optional)
- K memory cards
- Book: The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing (Penguin Group, 2001) (optional)
The children will make a kit of things that they can find in kindergarten as they practice writing the uppercase letter K and lowercase letter k and saying the /k/ sound in words such as keep, kit, and key.
Make a kit
- Read The Night Before Kindergarten (optional).
- Have the children take turns choosing an object or picture card.
- Have the children name the object, then help them read the label on the item or the word on the card, emphasizing the first sound (e.g., /k/, /k/, key; support as needed.).
- Decide whether the item or picture card goes in the Kindergarten K Kit.
- If the item begins with K, place it in the kit.
- If the item does not begin with K, set it aside.
- Explain how each K item in the kit will help the children in kindergarten.
- Kleenex: You will need Kleenex in kindergarten in case you have a runny nose.
- Kiss from mom: Your mom will want to kiss you goodbye on your first day of kindergarten.
- Key: Your teacher will need a key to open the door of your kindergarten classroom.
- Kindness: It is always important to be kind to the other kids!
- Keyboard: If you use a computer in kindergarten, you will need a keyboard.
- Kick: You might get to kick a ball at recess or P.E. in kindergarten.
Read the target letter
- Write the letters K and k on the whiteboard and remind them that those letters make the /k/ sound in words like key, Kleenex, and king.
- Write a list of things in your classroom that begin with the letter K.
- Read the list together as a class, emphasizing the first sound in each word (e.g., /k/, /k/, kite).
- Have the children take turns underlining the K or k at the beginning of each word.
Play a memory game
- Print and cut out two copies of the memory cards, mix them up, and set them out facedown.
- Have the children take turns flipping over two cards at a time to find a match.
- When a child finds a matching set of pictures, have the children write the letter K and say the /k/ sound.
SEEL At Home
Associate the uppercase letter K and lowercase letter k with the /k/ sound as in kit, keep, and key.
- Picture cards
Activity: Kindergarten K Kit
- Fold the paper, staple the side edges, and label the resulting booklet as "Kindergarten K Kit."
- Have your child choose a picture card, then help him or her identify the picture, emphasizing the first sound (e.g., /k/, /k/, key).
- Ask your child, "Should we keep a ___ (e.g., kite) in the Kindergarten K Kit?"
- If the picture begins with the /k/ sound, put the picture in the kit.
- If the picture does not begin with the /k/ sound, set it aside.
- Have your child decorate the front of the kit with the uppercase letter K and lowercase letter k.
- Take the picture cards out of the kit, read the words on the cards together, and have your child circle the K in each word.
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters in the alphabet.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.A: Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.
Kindergarten K Kit