Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Kindergarten A to Z
Book Orders: If you wish to order any of the books from a book order, please send the form back to school within a week of it being sent home.
Allergies: Please keep me apprised of any allergies your child has.
Attendance: Have your child attend school regularly and arrive on time to develop important attitudes and habits for future success. Please email me when your child is or going to be absent.
Backpack: Send your child to school with a backpack. Check and remove everything from your child’s backpack each day. Place interest in, and importance on all of your child’s work.
Birthdays: Treats are welcome. However, please consider sending healthy treats. No peanuts please.
Book Bag Buddies: I will send home Book Buddies with your child about two times each month. Please read the accompanying book, let your child play with the pet, and write the adventures the animal has at your house on the next available page in the Book Buddy’s Journal.
Book Box: Find a box about shoebox size or a little larger and ask your child to decorate it! This box will be your child’s book box that is designated to keep all sight word readers and decodable books that will be sent home 2-3 times weekly. Read these books with your child on a regular basis to develop emergent reading skills.
Clothing: Wash and wear clothing is a necessity. We paint, glue, explore, and create each day. We will be engaged in active learning and play, clothes are guaranteed to get dirty.
Communication: Read all of the Weekly Classroom. Newsletters. Look for a new letter to come home each Tuesday.
Email: Email me anytime with questions, concerns, or to excuse absences.
Homework (MATH): Each day your child will bring home a mathworksheet(s) that has been partially completed at school. Please complete and/or review the sheets each night. DO NOT RETURN. Each unit your child will bring home an introduction to the unit with supplemental sheets attached. Please complete these as needed. Keep these at home.
Homework Monthly Packets: I will send home a monthly homework packet at the beginning of each month. Please complete all the activities with your child and sign the front checklist as activities are completed. ONLY return the checklist to school, keep all homework materials home for further practice and fun. The checklist is due the last FRIDAY of every month.
Independent Workers: My goal for your child is to become a self-confident, independent worker. Kindergartners are capable of doing many things on their own and I encourage them to do as much for themselves as possible.
Names: Please help your child with name writing on a daily basis until it is conquered! Your help at home is crucial. Remember your child must only use an uppercase letter at the beginning of his/her name, all the rest must be in lowercase. Also, remember to teach the letters using correct letter formation.
Reading: Please read with your child at least 15 minutes each day. Complete all reading homework activities faithfully and review books in your child’s box weekly.
Rewards: I do not give rewards for academic growth. Rather I build the value of self-reward. The thrill of learning for learning sake is a natural reaction of young children; I do not hamper this natural reward system with “things.”
School Supplies: Please consider sending all of the supplies on the list if your are able. Please place priority on your child’s individual pencil box (for school), and the homework supply kit you will keep at home.
Supplies to Bring to School
2 Bottles Elmer's (White) Glue
1 Permanent Gluestick
1 Box Gallon Ziplock Bags
3 Containers Sanitizing Wipes
1 Roll Paper Towel or 1 Box Tissues
1 Bottle Hand Sanitizer
1 Box of Graham Crackers
Labeled Pencil Box Containing
-Box of Crayons
-2 PERMANENT Gluestick
Supplies to Keep at Home (Homework Kit)
Show & Tell: I do not hold a formal show and tell. I have found there to me more effective ways to build language skills. However, if you have something of interest to share with the class, you may schedule a time with me.
Sign Language: I use sign language in my classroom.It not only allows for quick and efficient communication, but it has a wealth of academic benefits that I will explain the benefits at length in later newsletters.
Snack: Full day kindergarten is hard on developing tummies! Will you please send a box of graham crackers or another healthy snack cracker to help combat those grumbles.
Star of the Week: Each week a child will be focused as the star of the week! Please look at your child's current homework packet for instructions to complete a "Star" poster page.
Themes: We will focus our academic learning around thematic units! I will (and I am sure your child will) keep you up-to date on our thematic studies.
Volunteers: Volunteers are NEEDED! I need parent volunteers to help with learning centers each day for one hour and 15 minutes (11:45-1::00 ). You will usually play a math or reading game. Sometimes you will be asked to help with a science or art project. If you are unable to volunteer, please consider grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, etc. Parents are a critical piece of the educational puzzle!
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
We spend some time looking at our town on google maps. The students loved seeing their planet, nation, state, town, and street from afar. We then began work on the map of "Our Town." Undeniably, the greatest place on earth!
After hanging the grass, rocks, and sky, the students each constructed the roads and a vehicle. Next each made their house.
We painted some trees and landscape, and then posed for a shot of ourselves running, playing or jumping somewhere on the map. Finally many students have brought in 3D replicas of buildings in our town.
|Painting trees, rocks, arches, spirals, towers, and more.|
|Posing for our "Self" addition to the town map.|
|After constructing the large mural each student drew a map of how to get to their house from the school.|