Mrs. Whittington's Kindergarten


Welcome to my class! My name is Erica Whittington. I earned my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University. I earned my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Walden University. This is my 4th year teaching Kindergarten at Garfield. Outside of school, I enjoy camping, all things Cub/Boy Scouts, catching a Cubs game, and generally spending time with my family. We are lucky to have a full time classroom assistant, Mrs. Chantal McDonald. This year will be very exciting for your child. They will learn how to be a student, to perservere, and problem solve while learning to read (yes read), write words from the sounds they've learned, write sentences, count, add, and subtract. I look forward to helping my students grow academically and emotionally. Feel free to contact me at if you have any questions or concerns. It will be a great year!

See What's Coming Up!

American Education Day-Friday November 17-see digital backpack for details

Thanksgiving Break-No school Wednesday November 22, Thursday November 23, Friday November 24

Websites to Explore

As the weather is changing, we are changing too. We are counting and comparing numbers to 10. Students have learned to use a tens frame to organize their counting. In the coming weeks, we will learn to categorize and sort items. In addition, we will work with shapes and 3D objects. In Language Arts, we are working on learning to read real and nonsense words. We have met 7 Super Kids so far. We are learning to listen for beginning, middle and end sounds. We are practicing our letter names and sounds to gain fluency. Kindergarteners are starting to blend sounds together to read words! It is so exciting to watch!!

Welcome 2017-2018 Kindergarten class! I can't wait to meet you on Monday August 21. Meet and Greet in the classroom is from 8-8:30. This is a time to meet me and Mrs. McDonald, my classroom aide. It is also a great time to meet other parents and kids in the class. Each week, expect to get an email from me. I will also post much of the information here. Check back often. Please make sure you are receiving emails as well (if you haven't gotten an email by week 2 or 3, let me know). If you want to add an additional email that is different than the one you put in contact information for registration, please email me so I can add that one to my list. I am looking forward to getting to know you and your children this year!! One other thing before you come on Monday....a can't miss book to read or find on youtube is The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing. Its a great book, I even read it to my Kindergarten son the night before he started school this week!

Hopefully you have already made your appointment for Kindergarten registration. It takes place Wednesday August 2 from 1-3 and 5-8 and also on Thursday August 3 from 9-11 and 1-3. I can't wait to meet you!!

I hope you are enjoying the summer! Learning can happen all the time. Make your child aware of signs around you. Environmental print is a great way to teach your child letters and words. Make sure you visit the Forest Park Library and get involved in their Summer Reading Program. Check out books often and read 20 minutes a day. Counting is a great foundational skill that can be worked on this summer. One to one coorespondance is very important. When counting, the children should touch one thing as they say one number. Games are another great way to teach important Math skills. I can't wait to hear about all your great summer adventures this Fall!

We have met our first Super Kids friend Cass. This week, expect to receive a signup to use the Super Kids online fun portal specific to our grade. This can and should be used at home to support what we are learning in class. In Math, we explored our 1st Math tool last week-linking cubes. This week, we will use strategies to accurately count. This Thursday August 31st is Curriculum Night from 6:30-7:30. This is so you, the parents know what is being taught and expected of your child. You will be able to ask questions so you understand the curriculum. Hope to see everyone there!