Welcome to Kindergarten

During the first few weeks of school, we will be focusing on learning routines, school expectations, developing classroom essential agreements and getting to know each other.  This will also be the time when we learn how to responsibly use our classroom materials, understand what good learners look like and sound like, as well as when we start creating a community of learners  All of these things will prove to be important for the students as they become independent and curious learners.  This is also the time when I will begin to get to know each child as an individual, including his/her abilities and needs.  This information will help me later as I adjust the curriculum to meet the needs of each student.

Curriculum

In math we are using "Envisions 2.0."  The students will be learning through means of technology, manipulatives and group work.  At the beginning of each unit, I will be sending home vocabulary words for each topic and an explanation of what the topic entails.  


We will be using the Lucy Calkins model of Reader's and Writer's Workshop.  These two models engage the students in reading and writing independently and through group work. Our phonics program is Open Court.  The children learn phonics through fun activities, singing, rhyming and playing games.  The three areas of reading, writing and phonics are often integrated within each other and the children don't realize how much they are learning at once!


Most of our learning will take place in small groups and centers.  Some of these will be independent and some will be formal instruction.   These centers will be learning games or activities and may not always have a "paper" product to bring home.

Snack

The students will have one formal snack daily.  Please make sure to send in a healthy snack so as to better help your child learn.   Healthy snacks might include items such as: yogurt, fruit, cheese, crackers or vegetables.  Please save the high sugar items for special treats at home.  We are an allergy aware classroom.  Please be mindful of what snacks are sent in.  Information will be sent home regarding the allergies.  

Movement Breaks

Alphabet Song

Subitize With Your Child





A Day in Kindergarten

Daily Schedule

8:35-9:00    Morning Procedures
                       -  attendance
                          -  lunch/milk count
                          -  table centers  
                           
9:00-9:30    Morning Meeting
                      - community building
                        - morning message
                        - discuss the day
                        - date/weather reporting
                        - movement break
                      
9:30-10:00   Reader's Workshop
                         - phonics
                            - centers
                            - reading
                            - Mrs. Frain (M/W/F)

10:00-10:50  Math Block

10:50-11:15    Snack

11:20-12:00  Special
                                Monday - Art
                                Tuesday - Library
                                Wednesday - P.E. (Sneakers)
                                Thursday - World Language
                                Friday - Music

12:00-12:50  Reading/Writing
                            - reading/writing groups
                                - learning centers 
                                - reading interventions
                                
12:55-1:20    Lunch

1:20-2:00     Writer's Workshop
                         - mini-lesson
                            - learning centers
                            - writing activity

2:00-2:15       End of day Wrap Up

2:15-2:45       Recess

2:45-3:00      Dismissal
       

Helpful Information

Extra Clothes
Packing your child an extra pair of clothes is very helpful in Kindergarten.  Often times students are nervous to ask to use the bathroom or spill food or drink on themselves.  An extra set of clothes in their backpacks, allows the students to be able to change immediately.

Recess
Please know that your child should wear appropriate clothes for the weather.  This also includes appropriate shoe attire.   Flip flops are not encouraged.  They can make it difficult for children to be safe on the playground equipment.  It is also very helpful if you label your child's clothes.   

Scholastic Books
You can go online, anytime, to order books for your child.  Go the the website:  www.scholastic.com and enter the class code: MFR8Y.  I will then submit your order and it will be delivered to the school.


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