Beginning of the Year Math and Reading Activities for Kindergarten

Get ready for back to school with these beginning of the year math and reading activities for kindergarten! They’re ready-to-go and engaging. Read on to learn more!

Get ready for back to school with these beginning of the year math and ELA activities for kindergarten! They're ready-to-go and engaging. Read on to learn more!

If you teach kindergarten, you know how important it is to teach reading and math. From the beginning, there are many foundational skills to teach. In order to start the year out strong, they must be taught with intention.

Teaching the Alphabet

Without a doubt, you’ll be teaching your students the alphabet starting in week one of the new year. Engage your kindergarten students with these alphabet activities this back to school season! Moreover, this kindergarten letter identification and recognition curriculum is the perfect support to any science of reading or phonics-based program. It’s ideal for back to school, small group instruction, or intervention groups.

Teaching Letter Sounds

I love to teach letter-sounds directly alongside of teaching letter recognition and identification. Obviously, they go hand-in-hand, and it makes sense to teach them together.

Whether you have students struggling with letter sound correspondence, or simply need a time saving curriculum to help you teach letter sound association in small groups, this curriculum promises to deliver.

There are 7 activities for each letter. Moreover, each activity provides students an opportunity to reinforce these letter sounds reading readiness skills.

  1. Focus Letter Mat (vowels in red, consonants in blue, each focus mat contains the upper- and lowercase letter and 3 labeled pictures that begin with the sound)
  2. Sound Warm Up (letter-sound correspondence fluency)
  3. Sound Off (student generated begining sound word list)
  4. Letter Sound Pictures (6 pictures for each letter with the first letter omitted; only 4 for X)
  5. Check Yourself (student self-assessment; saying picture name and identifying whether or not it begins with the focus letter)
  6. Listen Up (discriminating between words that begin with the focus letter and those that don’t)
  7. Letter-Sound Assessment (cumulative assessment over learned skills)

Next, let’s view a few samples of the activities:

Early Math Skills

Next, it’s time to chat about math.

These activities are fun, effective, and print-and-go! They are perfect for kindergarteners, and the format makes them simple to use, organize and store.

 Each math activity is skill based, purposeful, and engaging.

Beginning of the Year Math and Reading Activities for Kindergarten

Besides providing your students with skill practice, these activities will also save you time. . Especially at the beginning of the year, time is so important to a busy teacher. You can save yourself prep time and money by snagging the bundle!

Looking for back to school resources?

I hope you find these Beginning of the Year Math and Reading Activities for Kindergarten useful! If you’re looking for more back to school resource, check out these post! Just click on your grade level to learn more (kindergarten | first grade | second grade)

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Abby is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher who channels her passion for education into creating engaging activities and resources for the kindergarten and first grade classroom. When not dreaming up or working on her next project, you’ll find her enjoying her family – most likely in her minivan on the way to a soccer field.


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