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Kindergarten Class Web Page


Teacher Julie Baricevic
Teacher's Aide: Kelly Pishaw
Room Parent: Michelle Housel
Room Parent: Molly Jackson

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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.

Sight words : I, a, as, all, is, has, that, this
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. Sometimes I’ll ask for it to be completed at home, but no need to send it back.

Writing

Letters that have been introduced are: h,b,t,l,m,c,a,s,g,r,n,p,I, f

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, ‘chilejin’ for children.


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. 24) with lots of counting to 100.  Kindergarten Collections will be introduced soon to give everyone even more practice counting. These are bags of small objects that have between 30 – 300 items in them. The children work in pairs to count the items of one bag at a time.  That is a whole lot of counting going on! We will use the Kindergarten Collections throughout the year now and I’ll be excited to see how counting strategies change and develop.

Religion

We continued our Christmas celebrations during January in the classroom as we celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany. Liz and her daughter

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. 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.

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.

 

Take home folders will go home on Monday and Thursday.  Please establish a routine at home that includes your child taking out the contents of backpack with a specific location to put his/her folder. To avoid the loss of school communication please discourage your child from opening his/her folder away from adult supervision.

  1. PLEASE label your child’s sweaters and sweatshirts. Although sweatshirts/sweaters are a required piece of the uniform (they must have them with them) kindergarteners often opt to take off the sweatshirt/sweater very early in the day – due to our classroom being very warm (all year). Can you imagine trying to find the owner of 20 identical sweatshirts? PLEASE LABEL!!!!
  2. Please send a napkin (cloth preferred) in your child’s lunch everyday!! This is their placemat. It not only keeps their food off the table but it also creates a defined area for their food.
  3. Shoelaces – If your child wears shoes with shoelaces please tie them in double knots before they come to school.

We do not go through your child’s backpack – sometimes children can remember to give it to a teacher or you could shoot me an email to tell me to look if you’ve sent something.

Upcoming Events
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  • Friday, March 10 – No School
  • Thursday, March 16 - Free Dress
  • Friday, March 17 – Field Trip
  • Thursday, March 23 - Class Pictures
  • Friday, April 14 - 12 noon dismiss
  • April 17 - April  - Easter Break - No school

 

 

Helpful Documents & Links
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- Kindergarten Handbook



Class Times

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

7:00 - 8:15

Optional: Extended Care

8:15 - 8:30

Morning Prayer and Messages

8:30 - 9:30

Handwriting

Handwriting

Handwriting

Handwriting

Handwriting

9:30 - 10:00

Multi Arts

Language Arts/
Writers Workshop

Language Arts/
Writers Workshop

Multi Arts

Language Arts/
Writers Workshop

10:00 -10:15

Bathroom / Recess

10:15 - 11:00 Snack/
Math
Snack/
Math
Snack/
Math
Snack/
Math
Snack/
Math

10:00 - 11:45

Math

Math

Math

Math/
Writers Workshop

Math

11:45 - 12:30

Lunch / Recess

12:30 - 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