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Where we learn and play and make new friends along the way!
Reading: Our main goal this year is to develop “Emergent literacy skills” these include letter and sound identification, phonological and phonemic awareness, one-to-one correspondence, punctuation, story elements and sight words. We are now using the Orton Gillingham Reading Program which is an explicit direct systematic program to teach reading.
- Use the picture for help
- Make sure the words make sense
- Confirm your guess with the printed word (does your guess begin and end with the
same letters/sounds as you see printed on the page?)
- Skip the word and read the rest of sentence What would make sense ?
` - Look for familiar word families (cat,hat,mat, etc..)
“ Happy are the children whose parents know the importance of teaching them to love and care for books while they are young.”
-by Fanny Jackson Coppin
Writing: The children will have many opportunities to write in kindergarten. We begin with children’s first and last names, expecting proper formation, spacing and letter size. As children develop phonological and phonemic awareness, we will begin to do more “free writing” as well as responses to literature. This will begin with writing captions, 2-3 word phrases, and finally sentences. These are various “stages” of writing. In September, many children are at stages 3 and 4. By June, we hope students are at stage 6.
Stage 1- Drawing
Stage 2- Scribbling
Stage 3- Random letters that have no relationship to the sounds in the words that are
Stage 4- Copying words
Stage 5- Developmental spelling- there is a relationship between some of the letters
used and the sounds they are trying to write.
Stage 6- Transitional spelling- children begin to use vowel sounds and word patterns:
writing begins to show evidence of phonological and phonemic awareness
Stage 7- Conventional spelling- also known as “adult spelling”
Science We use National Geographic Science Inquiry, content, and literacy for the following topics
Earth Science - Day and Night
Weather ans Seasons
Physcial Science - Observing Objects
How Things Move
Life Science - Plants and Animals
Social Studies: The Weekly Reader is used to teach current events. Political and historical characters and holidays are a main focus.
Math: We use the "Math In Focus” program. The objective to this program it to ensure children's ability to achieve mastery of mathematics concepts, computational skills, problem solving skills and application of mathematics to daily life activities. Math In Focus emphasizes connections so students see links between concepts and topics, which helps them understand and solve problems such as finding the connection between two math concepts. Key instructional strategies will be will be used with a big focus on Concrete/Pictorial/Abstract along with Questioning.
- Read to your child daily
- Return guided reading books (in small baggies) the following day
- Encourage writing- thank you notes, shopping lists, etc..
- Replenish basic supplies when needed
- Sign and return permission slips promptly
- Please make sure any money sent to school in placed in an envelope with your child's name and room number on it
Some suggestions on how parents can help their child throughout the year:
1, Set aside a special reading time. Tell your child you look forward to and enjoy your reading time together. Children who are read to- read.
2. Listen to your child. Oral language experience is also a foundation for literacy.
3. Talk to your child.
4. Make time to play with your child.
5. Solve problems with your child, instead of for him or her
6. Have your child count everything and anything
7. Write stories out as your child dictates them. Children love to see their ideas in print.
8. Praise your child whenever possible
9. Talk with your child about school and everyday events
10. Encourage your child to write
11. Broaden your child’s horizons by taking him or her to parks, museums, libraries, zoos, and historical sites. All these places offer fun learning experiences.
12. Help your child get a library card from the public library. Take your child to the library as often as possible.
13. Help your child pick out interesting books to read
14. Talk to your child about subjects that interest him or her
15. Give your child his or her own place to keep books.