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Kindergarten


Ms. Bradshaw, Mrs. Jones, Ms. Patterson, Mrs. Olsen, Ms. Bedard


Reading

In Kindergarten, From day one, teachers begin sharing literacy in the classroom. Shared reading is a time of sharing literacy concepts such as concept of print, front and back cover of the book, author and illustrator and making predictions. Students are encouraged to retell or share events in a story with a partner which may be called Rally Robin or “turn and share”. A favorite activity in the beginning of the year is the chase after the Gingerbread Man. Clues are given for the students to follow the Gingerbread Man around the school.  While letters and sounds are being learned, students are placed in like guided reading groups in September. Students will be taught on their level with the teacher while the other students work in literacy stations. The students work in independent stations: working on letters, word wall words, rhymes, independent reading, and writing of letters or known words. There are 61 word wall words to learn in Kindergarten. These words help the student with the flow of reading new words in books. Parents can help their child study the words wall words at home. In January, the students will be tested on DRA for reading levels. Minimum level is 2 and by the end of the year level 3 is the minimum level. Every child is different and progress at their own rate. Our kindergartners will be on levels 3-8 by June. Parents should read with their child a minimum of 20 minutes a night. This helps increase vocabulary and thinking skills as one reads. We hope to grow students who love reading!



Writing

In Kindergarten, the students are introduced to what it means to be writers by recognizing and building connections between oral and written language. The students are first encouraged to create labeled drawings.  They will also begin to practice writing uppercase and lowercase letters as well as their first and last name. As they continue to build connections, the students will develop and move into writing that further reflects their oral language.  They will learn how to communicate their ideas through the use of drawings, letter strings, and invented spelling.



Math

Math is all around us. In Kindergarten we try to make math come alive by using hands on activities that help children see and feel math. A child’s first experience with numbers will have a large influence on the way the deal with numbers for the rest of their lives.  We want to make sure they have a strong foundation in math and that it makes sense to them. Our focus throughout the year is on developing number concepts through counting, comparing and patterning. This is done with large group activities, small group activities and independent learning through math tub activities.  These are just a few of the skills that will cover during the year: learning days of the week/months of year, counting to 100, learning to recognize and describe shapes, and using word stories to solve addition and subtraction problems . As you can tell we are busy all year long. When you step in our rooms you will find us engaged and having fun.



Social Studies

Kindergarteners learn about different people, places, and events throughout the year in Social Studies.  They learn how to become a good citizen by following the rules of the classroom as well as their school. As the year progresses the kindergarteners learn about different holidays and how they are  celebrated. They learn about civics by understanding the significance of the American flag and the Pledge of Allegiance. Kindergarteners learn about geography by knowing different aspects of a map and a globe and to find places on each.  They learn about economics and how it relates to our community.



Science

Kindergarteners use Scientific Investigation to explore many topics over the year!  We use many experiments to learn about our Five Senses, to see if items sink or float, and the life cycles of seeds, plants, and animals. We grow our own butterflies, ladybugs and seeds!  We learn about the changing of each seasons, shadows, and patterns in nature by learning about the sun and how it affects the seasons. We have fun exploring magnets, and mother and baby animals.  We study the differences between living and non-living things, and we celebrate Earth day by learning about recycling and how we can help the Earth!


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