Kindergarten is a bustling place full of new energy and enthusiasm. Watching the academic, social, and personal growth of children from the beginning of kindergarten through the end of the year is more rewarding than I can describe. I can promise you that this year of kindergarten will be an exciting journey...not only for your child, but also for you as a parent, and for me! I will work hard to provide a warm, caring classroom environment and quality instruction. I will have high expectations of your child, and I will welcome your active involvement and participation in your child's education. Please feel encouraged to contact me at any time, for any reason. We are partners in your child's education, and together we can help your child to reach his or her fullest potential.
A Glimpse into our Day:
Our class will begin each day with morning routines, gradually allowing your child to learn to be organized and self-sufficient. Please make sure your child brings his or her folder and back pack to school each day. Be certain to check and sort through the folder with your child each night to remain aware of classroom happenings, to check in for homework, and to keep the contents of the folder manageable for your child. Please be aware that reading homework must be completed the night it is given to keep your child at pace with his/her group members and so that we can return shared books in a timely manner.
Morning Math Routines:
We will engage in calendar routines, graphing weather, and counting school days. These activities will be designed to help your child with counting, number recognition, analyzing patterns in numbers, understanding place value, and analyzing data.
Kindermath and Eureka Math:
Students will engage in age appropriate math explortations that are hands on, partner based, and designed to help students develop a deep understanding of basic math concepts. Daily fluency activities will encourage students to develop a number sense that becomes automatic over time. A few of our overall math goals will include counting to 100, counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s, counting up to 20 objects with accurate one to one correspondence, learning 2D and 3D shapes, comparing quantities, problem solving, time and money, and adding and subtracting.
Small Group and Independent Reading:
Students will spend a portion of each day recieving reading instruction targeted at their reading level in small groups with simliar ability level peers. Each group will recieve what they need based on daily reading performance rather than the whole class recieving the same instruction. While we are working in small groups, the remainder of the class will be engaged in wide variety of independent reading activites in a workshop format largely composed of reading games and hands on activities.
Kidwriting is an amazing time for your child to learn both the mechanics and the craft of writing. Children will learn to use the sounds of spoken words to create stories that will delight and entertain you. Students will begin to write stories that have a plot, relevant details, and a logical sequence of events. At the same time children will learn about word spacing, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. Phonetic (invented) spelling will be encouraged for new words, and high frequency words will be spelled with increasing accuracy as children become more experienced writers.
Students will listen to stories every day, hearing what fluent reading sounds like, learning increasingly sophisticated vocabulary, and engaging in interactive conversations to increase analysis and comprehension of both informational text and literature.
Science and Social Studies:
Most Science and Social Studies activities will be embedded into the reading block through read alouds and connected activities. However, as time allows, inquiry based learning will be included to bring Science and Social Studies to life in the classroom.
Students will have art, library, music, gym, and computer lab on alternating days of the week. Our specific weekly schedule is posted on the left hand navigation of this page. Please remember library books on library day and comfortable sneakers on gym and music days. (Students will often be enaged in dancing and other active movement during music class).
As you can see, our day is full of activity from start to finish. It is my intention to provide engaging tasks that children will enjoy each day. Students will spend a great many hours with me, and with each other during which time they will be expected to learn an incredible amount of new things. I want every child to leave kindergarten, not only having met all of our learning goals, but also with a lifetime of good memories, and positive feelings about school.