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WELCOME TO KINDERGARTEN!. Your first job as a Kindergarten parent: 1. Find the birthday box in our classroom. 2. Choose a birthday card for your son/daughter.

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welcome to kindergarten

WELCOME TO KINDERGARTEN!

Your first job as a Kindergarten parent:

1. Find the birthday box in our classroom.

2. Choose a birthday card for your son/daughter.

3. Fill out the card with a birthday message so that on your son/daughter’s birthday I can give it to them here at school!

4. Put the card in the birthday box.

5. Locate your welcome packet

6. We will chat soon!

I am so excited to start this year and am thrilled to meet you all. Please don’t leave tonight without introducing yourself to me.

times have changed
TIMES HAVE CHANGED

30 years ago

Today

Students DO learn social skills, but do so during whole group and small group learning activities

Kindergarten is a VERY structured environment, unlike pre-K or day care

“Playing and socializing” occurs during structured work station projects and there is no rest time

  • Kindergarten was more for developing social skills
  • A way for children to prepare for a structured school year in 1st grade
  • Consisted of playing, coloring, socializing, and taking naps
times have changed1
Times have changed..

Even in the past 10 years, standards have changed dramatically. Now, kindergarten students must learn to read and decode high frequency words, write simple sentences, read leveled books, and have a much deeper mathematical understanding.

Today, many students come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some children have been to pre-k, daycare, or received home school training. Some students are computer savvy while others have never even held a pencil and have had very little preparation for school. Too often, many parents still think of kindergarten as being just like pre-k.

behavior expectations
BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS
  • Disciplined classrooms promote learning.
  • Students are expected to exhibit good behavior.
  • Several brain breaks are given throughout the day.
  • Class rules are discussed at the beginning of the school year.
  • Behavior management methods.
    • BUCKET FILLERS vs. Bucket Dippers
    • PEACEMAKERS vs. Peacebreakers
    • SORRICK COUGARS
  • PLEASE CHECK THE EVERYDAY FOLDER! It is the main source of communication.
becoming independent
BECOMING INDEPENDENT
  • Your child is growing up.
  • Set daily routines.
  • Let your child show you what they can do.
  • Unpacking, making breakfast, getting dressed, doing homework, zipping, buttoning…
  • Help your child learn to tie their shoes!
what does a day in kindergarten look like
What does a day in Kindergarten look like?
  • Welcome work
  • Morning Meeting
  • Specials
  • SSR (Self-Selected Reading)
  • Math Stations
  • Shared Reading
  • Lunch/Recess
  • Heggerty/Jolly Phonics
  • Math and Math Journals
  • Guided Reading/Reading Stations
  • Writing
specials
SPECIALS
  • FINE ARTS -- Mrs. Easton

Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:55-10:37

This will be an opportunity for your child to express themselves in art and music!

  • GYM-- Mr. Carson

Monday and Thursday, 9:55-10:37

Don’t forget to send your child in gym appropriate footwear and comfortable clothing.

more specials
More Specials..
  • COMPUTERS–

Mrs. Easton and Mrs. Mac

Friday, 9:10-9:52

We will explore a number of learning websites. Some of the lessons will be teacher-directed and some will be student-directed.

  • LIBRARY-- Mrs. Easton

Friday, 9:55-10:37

Please help your child remember to return their library book every week so they can check out a new and exciting story.

language arts
Language Arts

Letter Sound Recognition

42 Sounds

Letter Formation

1-2-3 Let’s Write!

Lowercase first

Correct formation

Blending- for reading

Start with initial consonant blends c-a-t

Digraphs cl, gl, sh, th

Identifying Sounds in Words –for writing

Stretching and segmenting words

encoding regular words

writing simple sentences

dictation

Tricky Words/Sight Words

Learning the spelling and words that don’t follow the regular spelling pattern rules.

guided reading
GUIDED READING
  • The purpose of guided reading is to show children how to read and support them as they become independent readers.
  • I will work with the children to help them understand how important reading is and how fun it can be.
reading in kindergarten
READING IN KINDERGARTEN

The goal is to have all kindergarten children reading independently before going to 1st grade. The expectation is that they will be reading at level C/D.

LEVEL A

LEVEL C

how you can help
How you can help…

Learning to read is not something that just happens at school. It is important that children get an opportunity to read at home as well.

--Listen to your child read every night.

--Talk about what you see in the pictures.

--Ask them questions about what happened in the story.

--Make sure they are pointing to the words.

--Practice Sight Words everyday.

math in kindergarten
MATH IN KINDERGARTEN

Counting and Cardinality

Know number names and the count sequence.

Count to tell the number of objects.

Compare numbers.

Number and Operations in Base Ten

Work with numbers 11-19 to gain foundations for place value.

Measurement and Data

Describe and compare measurable attributes.

Classify objects and count the number of objects in each category

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Understand addition as putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from.

Geometry

Identify and describe shapes.

Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.

homework in kindergarten

Homework in Kindergarten!

Are you kiddin’ me, Mrs. Mac?

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Odd and Ends…

The students will have an afternoon DrinkBreak. You are welcome to purchase milk for the year or send a drink with your child in the morning to put in our classroom refrigerator. (Milk will not be available for purchase on a daily basis. Your options are to purchase milk for EVERYDAY or NO days.)

Water Bottlesare welcome and encouraged in our classroom. The water bottles have to stay at the student tables however, the students are allowed to take a drink whenever necessary. Water “wakes up” our brain and is therefore very important since they will be learning so much this year!

Birthdays: We will celebrate Birthdays in Kindergarten. However, because we have so much to do in Kindergarten, I must ask that no special treats be sent to the classroom unless they can be placed in the student’s backpacks to be sent home (wrapped goods only). Also, please do not send Birthday party invitations to be distributed at school unless ALL children receive an invitation.

we are a team
WE ARE A TEAM!
  • It is CRUCIAL that your child sees you, his/her first teacher, and the teacher at school as a TEAM! They need to know we have open lines of communication and that we share successes and work on the struggles together.
  • I am here for YOU just as much as I am here for your child. If you ever have any questions or concerns, PLEASE let me know!
questions

QUESTIONS?

Thanks for coming!

It’s going to be a great year!!