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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

Handwriting and workstations have been a daily occurrence in kindergarten since the beginning of the year. I am noticing huge leaps in the children’s ability to transfer their learning from handwriting and phonics work to their writing in workstations. Workstation writing gives students the opportunity to tell what they know or how they feel about a book we have read as a class or a book they have just read or listened to (books on cd) independently or with a reading partner.

We have begun a unit on fairy tales that focuses on identifying story elements and retelling stories. Using Jack and the Beanstalk as our core fairy tale but reading many others, we will be busy exploring how fairy tales share common traits. Our field trip to The Story Book Theater to watch The Boy Who Cried Wolf  provided a fun and informative start for our unit.

Sight words : I, a, as, all, is, has, that, this, the, be, he

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,i,k,d

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

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. - Bridges in Mathmatics

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

Religion

Update on The Goat Project:

We have seen a presentation about wants and needs and finished an activity to differentiate between a want and need - they got it! We then talked about all the things a person needs to survive: Food, water, medical care, shelter and clothes - they got it!

I asked them if they knew of anyone that doesn't have all these things. Poor people came up. I read a book Beatrice's Goat by Page McBrier about a little girl who lives in Uganda and how a goat changed her life and her families life.   I asked them if they wanted to help a family like Beatrice's family - YES!, they said.

After I reminded them of our Time, Talent and Treasure way of giving I asked how we could help them. Many students wanted to bring in their money from home. I told them we have to earn this goat we are going to give to this family. All it took was a child or two to mention how they could earn a quarter at home for doing a chore.

Our quarter tube has been up and open for business for about a week now.  Every morning I hear the jingle of quarters and the children take turns dropping the coins in the tube as they tell us all about the chores they did to earn the money. It sounds like we have some helpers in the kitchen and laundry room.

Science/Social Studies

Look for information going home about our weather unit coming up in April.

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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  • Tuesday, April 11th - Mile Run at Nathan Hale HS 8:30am - don't be late that day!!
  • Friday, April 14 - 12 noon dismiss
  • April 17 - April  - Easter Break - No school
  • May 12, Friday - Mothers Tea - all Moms should plan to attend!

 

 

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