Kindergarten

 

Hello. I am very excited to be your child’s teacher. I look forward to getting to know you and your child. Your child will be learning and adjusting to new routines and tasks that are expected in Kindergarten. Some of these tasks include the following: holding pencils correctly, turning pages of their books and finding the correct page, writing their names on all their papers, following directions, etc. Many of these tasks we take for granted, but in Kindergarten it does take effort from the children. 

Kindergarten is an exciting and important year. Your child will be learning reading and math skills that will provide the basis for future skill development. The children will also show tremendous growth this year not only academically, but socially, emotionally and spiritually. It’s going to be a wonderful year! 

Some of the things we will be learning about during March:

Hip, Hip, Hooray! Kindergarten celebrated the 100th day of school on February 27th.The students came to school dressed as a 100 year old person. They didn’t miss a beat many included glasses, gray hair,etc. The students also participated in various activities that involved counting to 100. One activity had the children building something with 100 Legos to incorporate the Stream program into our day.

Reading/ELA –
The Superkids Club.
Phonemic Awareness and Phonics: Uu/u/, Bb/b/ & Rr /r/
Handwriting: Upper and Lowercase Uu, Bb & Rr
Writing: Informative/Explanatory & Narrative Writing
Review of letters, letter-sounds, & Capitalization for names
*Printing our names with proper letter formation (First letter capitalized and the rest lowercase)
*Proper letter formation (We use the Zaner-Bloser manuscript handwriting style)
*Illustrating a picture and dictating/writing a sentence to go with it.

* Story Elements, Drawing Conclusions, Cause and Effect, Ask & Answer questions about a story
*Recognize and produce Rhyming Words.
*Orally blend sounds to form words, e.g., given the sounds /k/. . ./a/ . . ./t/, blend to make cat
*Consonants and Short Vowels sound review.
*The students should be practicing their knowledge of letter sounds to make, blend and read decodable words. For example, cot, cat, can, man, mat, etc.

*Some of the memory words we will be working on this month are: I, a, the, of, no, for, Supernoodle & put. These words need to be memorized *They must be practiced on a consistent basis at home. Recognizing memory words automatically blending sounds together to read words is the key to becoming a fluent reader. Doing so will increase reading fluency.
* We will practice the proper formation of capital and lowercase letters as well as printing the letters the correct way on the primary writing paper. We use the Zaner-Bloser Handwriting style.

Math - We will continue to work on (Number Pairs, Addition and Subtraction to 10) concentrating on *Decomposing as well as composing numerals to 10 *Number pairs *Number Bonds *Beginning addition
*Please continue to reinforce numeral identification as well as counting objects at home.

Science -    *Habitats

Social Studies   -   *Mardi Gras/Shrove Tuesday  *Needs verses Wants   **Saint Patrick’s Day

Religion - Celebrate the season of Lent- begin to understand that Lent is a time of sacrifice. *Understand that growth and change take time. *Easter **Identify and discuss the Holy Trinity *Describe and Discuss St. Patrick and St. Joseph

Important Dates:
March 17th Saint Patrick’s Day
March 19th Saint Joseph’s Day

Birthday’s
March 10th Chloe 

Ms. Karla Menchette - Lead Teacher    kmenchette@cawb.org         Mrs. Patty Dils  - Aide

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The Kindergarten classroom is an exciting place to be. It is a place where children grow spiritually, academically, socially and find that learning is fun.

We have a strong academic program in Kindergarten. Reading, Phonics, Writing and Language take up a big part of our day. The children also have a daily Math and Religion lesson. In addition to our daily lessons, the students will be exposed to Science and Social Studies. We won't forget many special and fun activities throughout the year.  Thanksgiving Feast, Gingerbread Man Unit, Christmas Pageant and Hatching chicks from eggs are just a few of the special times for the Kindergarten class.

Children that are ready for more challenging work are advanced and those that need a little extra help are given individual instruction.

Kindergarten students will also take part in our special subjects.  During the week, the class will participate in Art, Spanish, Physical Education, Computer, Music and Library Class.

This is an important time in a young child's life. We want to provide a secure and happy environment that will promote a love of learning and a classroom where each child will succeed and be proud of their accomplishments.

Some  great learning sites:

http://www.starfall.com
http://www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/SumSense/sumadd.html
http://www.oswego.org
http://illuminations.nctm.org 
http://www.funbrain.com

Mrs. Patty Dils Aide

Miss Karla Menchette - Kindergarten
kmenchette@cawb.org