We had a school Improvement day yesterday and one of the things we had to do, was each grade list the things that they wanted their kids to have mastered coming into their grade and things that you would introduce and then what they should have mastered. I found it quite interesting what the first grade teachers expected our kindergartners to mastered by the end of the year. The first grade teachers are upset because the kids are not coming into Kindergarten completely understanding Long vowels. They want them to have mastered this. I talk about the silent e and introduce it in my teachers message and talk about it when we journal but that is it. They do not introduce in our reading series in Kindergarten. So I would say we introduce it but we do not expect them to master it. Is this something I need to work on even more? I have a very low class this year. I will be lucky to have all or them to even know what a vowel is let alone long vowels. This year I have a majority of my class who don't know their letters and half of them who still can't write their name without looking. When do you teach long vowels and do they master it before they leave kindergarten?