Class of 2029
work phone: 763-8844 ext 229
Play is the natural vehicle through which children in kindergarten learn. In our kindergarten, we maintain a play-based approach to learning. Studies include literacy development, handwriting, mathematics, social skills, and thematic studies. Library, music and physical education are taught by specialists outside the classroom. Guidance lessons are also provided in class, and children have math/tech lab in class twice per month.
This year, we will explore many different themes and units as we learn basic skills. We are guided by the Common Core Standards, along with the Vermont Standards and Grade Level Expectations, and new Science Standards.
The social curriculum is an important part of the kindergarten experience. New this year, PK-5 teachers will be teaching the Second Step curriculum. The focus is on developing skills for social and academic success.Children will also be included in the strategies and techniques of The Responsive Classroom including Morning Meeting, Rules and Logical Consequences, and Guided Discovery.
We will follow our K-4 Literacy curriculum, Open Court, with three major strands: Sounds & Letters; Reading & Responding; and Language Arts. We have our Literacy Circle every morning for 30-45 minutes.
There is a heavy emphasis on number concepts with the new Common Core Math Standards. Skills and concepts will also include patterns, sorting, gathering and using information, measurement, and problem solving. We will be using the Bridges Math curriculum as well as supplemental materials to help us achieve math objectives.
We use the d’Nealian handwriting curriculum for number and letter formation.
Autumn Langlois, who also works in the One Planet program, is our full-time classroom assistant. Kerri Rogers will also be assisting in our classroom. Our Reading Interventionist, Speech & Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist and Special Education teacher are also frequently in our room. We frequently have students from our high school coming in to learn and assist, and I anticipate this will be the case this year.
Most importantly, your child will grow, learn, and have fun in a rich, nurturing environment!
Please have your kids read all their pre-decodable books frequently in order to ensure command of their sight word list. “The list is growing and includes: A, AND, THE, AN, I, IS, HERE, SEE, WE, HE, SHE, NO, BIG, SMALL, HAVE, IT, THIS. We have also added “bonus words” mom, dad, love, you, yes, and no.
Reading with your child every day is expected.
Children will borrow a classroom book on their sharing day. Please make sure to read this book and return it the following day in the large envelope. We use this system to assess children’s recall of story details and comprehension. Please help out your little one by fostering a love of reading. Also, help us keep these books in circulation for other kids to enjoy by returning them promptly.
Library books go home on Tuesday and may be read and reread for a full week!
A Book Bag Story also goes home with 3-5 different children every Friday. If it is your child’s turn to have one, please ensure that you read it together, following some of the suggestions for extending the story. A journal is included in each book bag to record your adventures! Send it back on your child’s sharing day when your child will share it with the group.
You will see Second Step parent letters coming home frequently. The success of this program will require parent involvement.
FAMILY OF THE WEEK
Every two weeks, we feature a new family on our “Family of the Week” bulletin board. This project is a part of our social studies. History at this age includes knowing some things about your own history. Please feel free to come in and “meet” our families!
When it is your turn, take time as a family to go through your family album and choose pictures that are a good representation of who your family is and what you are all about. Small objects such as shells, golf tees, cards, game pieces, etc. may be sent in baggies for display. Some families have created collages, books, or timelines. Be creative and have some fun with this project!
FAMILY OF THE WEEK: CAIDA
Each family takes turns providing a nutritious snack for the entire group of children. It’s a nice way of including children and parents in a caring community. We currently have 15 children in our class. Snack calendars are sent home monthly indicating your child’s snack days. Please post this calendar or mark it on your calendar at home. Milk may be purchased for 20¢ per day. Please see me or Autumn if you are stuck for snack ideas. We will try to schedule your snack day as close to birthdays as possible in case you would like to send in a special snack to celebrate the day.
for 16 classmates
SPECIALS SCHEDULE ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
FRIDAY: MUSIC, MATH LAB, GUIDANCE
MONDAY: Carter, Daria
TUESDAY: Autumn, Trinity, Angel
WEDNESDAY: Anya, Bosco, Brooklyn, Kaylyn
THURSDAY: Declan, Evelyn, Caida
FRIDAY: Nicholas, Logen, Dylan
We have a new student in our room! Please welcome Ethan to our class.
Tina and Laina will be working together to help with classroom events. I will be giving them a list of emails and phone numbers so that she may contact you to help out with various classroom events during the year.
Please make sure to label all your child’s belongings.