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.
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.
30 years ago
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
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.
Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:55-10:37
This will be an opportunity for your child to express themselves in art and music!
Monday and Thursday, 9:55-10:37
Don’t forget to send your child in gym appropriate footwear and comfortable clothing.
Mrs. Easton and Mrs. Mac
We will explore a number of learning websites. Some of the lessons will be teacher-directed and some will be student-directed.
Please help your child remember to return their library book every week so they can check out a new and exciting story.
Letter Sound Recognition
1-2-3 Let’s Write!
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
Tricky Words/Sight Words
Learning the spelling and words that don’t follow the regular spelling pattern rules.
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.
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.
Counting and Cardinality
Know number names and the count sequence.
Count to tell the number of objects.
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.
Identify and describe shapes.
Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.
Are you kiddin’ me, Mrs. Mac?
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.
Thanks for coming!
It’s going to be a great year!!