Welcome to Ms. Tafel's Kindergarten Webpage!



    • Read to your child every day, or as often as possible.
    • Listen to your child read the books that he/she brought home. These are books from your child's book box. Ask your child to retell the story. Listen to your child read the books available by clicking this link:
    •  Leveled Books to Read 
    • Have a "family reading time" in which all family members read books together. 
    • Practice recognizing sight words.  Write the words on index cards. If you make 2 sets of cards, you can play games such as “Memory” or “Go Fish”. You can also make a BINGO game.
    • Write sight words with the pointer finger in different sensory trays (salt, flour, shaving cream, etc.)

     25 Sight Words to Practice at Home

    Letter Identification Activities

    Letter/Sound Correspondence Activities


    Books and Reading Activities 

    Each link below contains books and activities related to a theme. The links in blue are Kindergarten level. The links in red (Set 2) are First and Second grade level. 


    Natural Wonders

    Wild Weather

    Stories and Tales

    Community Helpers

    Animals Set 2

    Natural Wonders Set 2

    Wild Weather Set 2

    Stories and Tales Set 2

    Community Helpers Set 2


    Lexia Core 5 Reading Program

    Click the link on the left side of the page to access Lexia. The children used

    this program in school. The recommended usage is 1 hour per week,

    although your child may spend additional time on the program if desired.




    • Make a card for a family member or friend. Write a message inside and mail it.
    • Write a letter to a family member or friend and mail it.
    • Keep a journal and ask your child to write about his/her day.
    • Your child can write and illustrate books on topics of his/her choice.
    • Take turns with your child writing back and forth in a journal. Start with a questions such as the following: "What is your favorite activity/game to do and why?" “What is your favorite season and why?” “What is your favorite animal and why?”
    • Ask your child to help you write a shopping list.



    Practice counting to 100 by ones ( 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, etc.).

    Practice counting to 100 by tens (10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100).

    Practice writing numbers 1-20. You may practice writing numbers beyond 20  (all the way to 100 if you wish).

    Practice using objects to add within 10.

    Review the math facts through 10. (1+1=2, 3+5=8, etc.)

    You can also make up equations for your child to solve if he/she is interested (20 +10 = 30, 80 + 2 = 82, 60 + 30 = 90, etc.)



    Click on the links on the left of this page to view baby animals, live animal web cams, cool frogs, and explore signs of spring.




    Ask your child to help cook a favorite meal. Your child can help get ready to cook by gathering pots,

    utensils, and ingredients. Your child can help you read the recipe and measure ingredients, too. Making

    the meal will be an enjoyable activity followed by the best part of all -- eating together. And while you

    are sharing your meal, engage your child in conversation.


    Learning through Play Activities

    The following list of activities promote learning:

    • Legos
    • Puzzles
    • Blocks
    • Playdough
    • Playing in the Sandbox 
    • Dramatic Play
    • Pretend Play
    • Free Play