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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

We are currently learning about a few authors and will compare and contrast their style in both writing and illustrations. Eric Carle is a beloved children's book author and he was our introduction to our Author Study. We continue with Audrey Wood and finish with Dr. Suess.

Letters that have been introduced are: a,b,c,f,g,h,I,k,l,m,n,p,r,s,t  and e (only letter formation)

In class, the expectation is that whenever your kindergartener is using one of our introduced letters he/she will use the correct formation including, always lower case (except at the beginning of their name), beginning at the appropriate line (hat line, belt line or boot line) as well as the correct stroke. If your child is unsure of the formation ask him/her to write it in the air (using the same hand you write with) like we practice at school. An added expectation is that they will use a two finger space between words.

If your child is writing at home you can help them practice. If your child asks you, “How do you spell…?” Please let them tell you what they hear and give support with those sounds. You will gain a much deeper understanding of your child’s progress and it is a great work out for your child. Phonics support is what they need, not the correct answer. They will not always spell walks as ‘wox’ or kids as ‘cidz’ or one of my favorite, ‘chiljin’ for children.

Writers Workshop gives students the opportunity to practice writing skills, use letter/sound knowledge to write words and become better writers! We just finished our unit on personal narratives where each student wrote a true story with a beginning middle and end, stayed on the small moment topic, matched pictures with words and provided a reaction. Our next unit is informational writing. Kindergarteners will write about topics that they know about, providing diagrams and facts.

Math

Counting, counting and more counting! We are practicing counting on from 5 and developing greater fluency with combinations of 5 and moving into combinations of 10. We continue to practice counting by 10’s and celebrated 100’s day (Feb. 23) with lots of counting to 100. Our current math unit focuses on geometry with connections to algebra and it is fun!

A well-regarded theory of geometry is that a student passes through a certain progression of levels in geometric understanding and progress is more dependent on educational experiences than on age or maturity. Experience with shapes, terms and geometry related concepts is the greatest single factor influencing advancement through the levels.

Of the five levels, kindergarten children are at level 0 and working their way to level 1. Our work with shapes involves lots of sorting, identifying and describing various shapes with many opportunities to build, make, draw, put together and take apart shapes. We are sorting shapes based on common attributes and finding patterns and identifying trends – this way of thinking is fundamental to algebra. Also as students sort shapes in groups they express the relationship symbolically – with equations and inequalities - which is a critical part of algebra

Reading

Sight words : I, a, as, is, has, that, this, the
Since the introduction of our first vowel we have begun to build words. We are on to our second vowel (i) and are building more words. You will see word work come home that has been done in our workstations.

Religion
Lent will drive our focus in religion for these next 40+ days. We prepared for Ash Wednesday by burning palm branches (outside in a pail) saved from last Palm Sunday. On Ash Wednesday the children were able to appreciate the significance of the ashes and not be worried about the black smudge. On Ash Wednesday we buried our prayer card “Alleluia” as a tangible reminder that we do not say or sing ‘Alleluia’ during Lent. 
While I was growing up it was customary to give-up something for Lent. I’ve never been very good at giving things up – mention the word diet and all I can think of candy and beer. After some discussion with the kiddos we talked about one way to be closer to God is to be more like Him. Together and with some help from me we decided we would report kind acts or sacrifice they have seen others do.  As each child reports, a thorn (painted toothpick) is taken from the crown of thorns (grapevine wreath).
Our service-learning project is the Goat Project. You will receive a letter this week both by email and with your child in their take home folder.

Science/Social Studies

The 100th day of school was a kooky day and I missed it! Mrs. Spong carried out the 100 day day plans beautifully. We made our 100 day smarter crowns and during math the children had to find all the labeled 1-100 hidden Hershey kisses and place each on the correct number on the 100’s chart. Another activity was counting the licks of their dum dum suckers with their reading buddies.

This week and as part of our ongoing 100 day celebration, the children imagined what they might look like as their 100-year-old self.  They did a fabulous job of capturing the wrinkles, missing teeth and white hair. Their writing is equally as entertaining. Hope you get a chance to see them on the bulletin board.


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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  • Wed. March 14 – School Families (wear colors)
  • Thursday, March 15 - Free Dress
  • Friday, March 16 – No School (Faculty inservice)
  • Good Friday, March 30 - 12 noon dismiss
  • April 2 – April 6  - Easter Break - No school

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