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We have a full day kindergarten program at GES where we have tons of fun learning and growing!

Our kindergarten teachers are:

                       Mrs. Devore, classroom teacher                        
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Mrs. McGuan, classroom teacher   
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Miss Bankert, classroom teacher 
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Mrs. Ewert, kindergarten interventionist and enrichment
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Each day, students have learning blocks in reading, writing, and math. 
Students also attend “specials” daily, which include music, P.E., science, and art. Students have each of these classes twice a week.
Each week, students also visit the library, have time on touchscreen ChromeBooks, and have Dinosaur School (an award-winning social/emotional program) with our school counselor.
Perhaps our teachers' favorite part of the curriculum is extending our kindergarten students' knowledge through Project Based Learning and STEM

Reading
Kindergarteners will study each letter of the alphabet in depth throughout the year, along with digraphs and two-consonant blends. As we progress through the school year, students will begin to blend consonant-vowel-consonant words together (c-a-t) and will move into blending consonant-consonant-vowel-consonant and consonant-vowel-consonant-consonant words together (c-h-i-p or g-r-i-n).

Kindergarteners will also learn and practice the basic story elements of character, setting, sequence, and fiction and nonfiction. Literacy skills we practice throughout the year include: predicting, visualizing, inferring, and making connections.


Math
Math is exploratory and fun! Kindergarteners learn strategies for problem solving, abstract reasoning and critical thinking skills, and effective communication of mathematical thought processes.

EGSD uses Bridges by the Math Learning Center as our elementary math curriculum.


Writing
Kindergarteners begin the writing process by correctly forming their letters and the learning each letter's appropriate positioning on a line. We then move in to drawing a picture to represent an idea, with teacher dictation of students' ideas. Kindergarteners will then begin to draw and label their own pictures, and will move towards writing 2-3 complete sentences independently by the end of kindergarten. At GES, we use a writer's workshop model with our students.

PBL/STEM
Kindergarteners participate in many Project Based Learning and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities throughout the year. We extend our learning through building, creating, and researching. Oftentimes, students' STEM challenges are closely tied to the literature we are exploring in our classrooms. Some of our favorite projects include: building bridges for the Gingerbread Man to cross the river safely, making a pen to hold all of the Creepy Carrots inside the farm, constructing a coconut tree to hold all of the letters in Chica Chica Boom Boom, building sleds for the Snowmen at Night, and zoo animal research projects and habitat construction.

Please feel free to contact us via email:
kelley.devore@egsd.org
alexandra.mcguan@egsd.org
sarahbeth.bankert@egsd.org
amy.ewert@egsd.org

Did you know that the biggest predictor of high academic achievement and high ACT scores is reading to children?
O   Nightly reading should be at least 20 minutes each evening.
O  This may be a special bedtime story at night, helping with the grocery list, or reading pictures to you in a magazine.
O  Students will also be bringing home books that they have read and assembled in school. They LOVE to read these to you! 
O  Your students are emergent readers and need to be immersed in real world reading experiences as often as possible!
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