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Kindergarten Class Web Page


Teacher Julie Baricevic
Teacher's Aide: Kelly Pishaw
Room Parent: Sarah Herzog
Room Parent: Amber Johnston

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Welcome to Kindergarten!

 

Language Arts
Letters Introduced: a b c g h l m s t/ I
Sight words: (we call them red flag words):I

Next week we will begin to compare and contrast three versions of ‘The Mitten” ‘Mitten’ activities will be distributed throughout our workstations and centers for storytelling and writing practice.

Writers Workshop

Opinion writing was our focus in our last unit. We learned a lot about what is an opinion, where are they and who has them.  Kindergarteners wrote about their opinion in the world, in school and at home. We wrote about some of or favorite books and tagged them in the library. Some of what we we wrote about was what makes the best pet, if kids need to eat all their food before dessert, do aliens exist.  As a shared write, we wrote Mr.McGovern a note asking him if we could eat in the cafeteria on Fridays - and made a convincing case too! At the end of our unit, we each selected one page, polished it a bit and put it all together for a class book called: Our Opinions Rock!
Our next Writers Workshop Unit is Personal Narratives. We will write stories that are important to us and try to pull out the small moment. Today we talked about how a big topic is different than a small moment. I used a watermelon as an analogy for the big topic: It snowed at my house and the seed for the small moment: I caught a snowflake in my mouth. It will be a process but I know we will get to that small moment as writers. It makes writing and reading that writing so much more interesting!

Math

Decembers calendar work encouraged students to practice using key prepositions accurately as they describe the location of the teddy bear relative to the box. "The teddy bear is under the box". In January, the same teddy bear sports a sweater and using the theme of buttons, students develop an understanding of part-whole relationships as they recognize a set of objects can be broken into smaller subsets. We explore and record combinations to 5 as well as lots of discussion and building of combinations to 10. We will work on some interval counting using a number line and learn to read inequalities using the greater than and less than symbols.

Religion

We had a wonderful December reading from the Holy Bible about the Annunciation, The Birth of Jesus and Adoration of Shepherds. Following the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd model, I give presentations using child friendly materials, linking it to Scripture Readings. For an activity, the children had the opportunity to retell the story of the First Christmas using costumes and props. A few children had an opportunity to act out The Birth of Jesus during our morning Advent prayer. We continued our Christmas celebrations during this first week in January as we celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany. Liz and her daughter did a great job explaining this tradition to the kindergarteners and you can thank them for the treats left in each box as the camels visited. (We think we heard them!)

It won't be long before we are in another preparation time: Lent (February 14). In the meantime, children will see presentations of (and work with materials) The Good Shepherd, and Kingdom Parables including the parable of The Mustard Seed and The Pearl of Great Price.


Science/Social Studies

After reading Squirrel’s New Years Resolution we made our own resolutions for 2018. The class has an abundance of ideas for changes to make in 2018 to help themselves or help others. Your child’s completed project will be on our bulletin board soon.
Thank you Kindergarten VIP's

I'd like to thank all the VIP's for providing our class with delicious, nutritious snacks. Our whole class appreciates the extra effort you put forth to provide the ready to eat fruits and veggies - the kids really love them.

A little Housekeeping

Cold days: Please send your child to school with school sweatshirt or sweater and a warm coat!!! Good time to go through backpacks and take out anything not school related or necessary.

 

 

Upcoming Events
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  • Week of January 8th – VIP: Wyatt J
  • Monday, Jan 15 – No School – MLK holiday
  • Thursday, Jan 18 – Free Dress
  • Week of January 21 – VIP: Tatum
  • Jan. 23 – Camp Long Field Trip (please return permission forms with payment)
  • Thursday, Jan 25 – Wear School Family colors

 

Helpful Documents & Links
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- Kindergarten Handbook 2017



Class Times

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

7:00 - 8:15

Optional: Extended Care

8:15 - 8:30

Morning Prayer and Messages

8:30 -8:50

Handwriting

Handwriting

Handwriting

Handwriting

Handwriting

8:50 - 9:30 Language Arts Language Arts Language Arts Language Arts Language Arts

9:30 - 10:00

9:15      Art

Writers Workshop

Writers Workshop

snack

Writers Workshop

10:00 -10:15

Recess

10:15 - 10:45 Bathroom/Snack

Bathroom/Snack

Bathroom/Snack

10:15 - 11:00 
Music
Bathroom/Snack

10:45 - 11:30

Math

Math

Math

11:00-11:30
Math

Math

11:30 - 12:35

Lunch / Recess

12:35 - 12:45 bathroom/drinks

12:45 - 1:15

PE

PE

PE

Science/
Social studies

Religion

1:15 - 2:00

Science/
Social Studies

Religion

Religion

library

Reading Buddies

2:00 - 2:45

Centers

Centers

Early Dismissal

Centers

Show&Tell/VIP/
Centers

2:45 - 3:00

Prepare for Dismissal

Prepare for Dismissal

3:00 - 6:00

Optional: Extended Care