Kindergarten

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Reading Curriculum

Some of the approaches used to teach reading are:

  • Reading Aloud
  • Shared Reading
  • Guided Reading
  • Independent Reading
  • Jolly Jingles
  • Sound Books

The resources we use to teach reading include:

  • Jolly Phonics
  • Letter People

Writing Curriculum

Some of the approaches we use to teach writing are:

  • Shared Writing
  • Independent Writing
  • Journal Writing

The resources we use to teach writing include:

  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Jolly Phonics
  • Whisper Phones
  • Dry Erase boards
  • Word Wall

The writing process progresses as follows:

  • Children begin the writing process by writing random letter to represent words.
  • He/she starts to notice the beginning sounds in words.
  • He/she learns to stretch out words to hear beginning, middle, and ending sounds.
  • When he/she freely uses sounds in writing, we add common word to our word wall and encourage him/her to remember the spelling.

In our Kindergarten class we use “invented spelling” to write the kindergarten way by listening to the sounds that we hear in a word.

Math Curriculum

  • Graphing
  • Estimating
  • Counting
  • Exploring the meaning of numbers
  • Problem solving
  • Sorting
  • Recognizing patterns

Calendar Time

  • Finding the date provides practice with number order
  • Saying the whole date provides practice with ordinal numbers: September 15th
  • Exploring patterns with the date and the number of days we have been in school
  • Zero the Hero

Center Time

  • Manipulatives are used to practice patterning, counting, sorting and free exploration

Religion

Our Religion series is entitled We Believe by Sadlier.  The topics covered are listed in this packet.  They cover a wide range of topics as well as holidays.

The major units include:

  • God Gives Us Many Gifts
  • God is Our Creator
  • Jesus Shows Us God’s Love
  • Jesus Want Us to Share God’s Love

Social Studies and Science

Social Studies and Science units are thematic.  Some examples of themes studies throughout the year include:

  • All About Me
  • Apples
  • Fall
  • Pumpkins
  • Native Americans
  • Winter
  • Gingerbread Man
  • Spring
  • Butterflies
  • Plants

Mystery Readers

We have “Mystery Readers” on Fridays.  The Mystery Reader is a parent, grandparent, sibling etc. that reads a story to the class.  It’s a surprise for the children!  You may bring your own book or let us know and we can provide a book for you.   An email reminder will be sent home at the beginning of the week.  We ask that you to send 3 clues about the mystery reader in advance of the scheduled day. On Friday, stop in the office and Mrs. Tiltz will announce you.  If you were unable to sign up at the Open House, let us know and we will give you some available dates.

Birthdays

We do celebrate birthdays.  Mr. Wood will announce the birthday child’s name during morning announcements. The birthday boy/girl does not have to wear their uniform to school on their birthday. Summer birthdays will have a special day to celebrate.  If you would like to send in a treat, please send a non-edible item, such as a pencil, stickers etc. or a classroom gift, such as a favorite book or game.  Please no balloons!  Room 116=#10 / Room 216=#16 / Room 217-#18.

Field Trips

  • The Grove’s Pumpkin Trail in Glenview
  • Peggy Notebart Butterfly Museum

Parties

  • Halloween Party- children wear their costumes to school
  • Christmas Party
  • Valentine’s Day Party

Kindergarten Graduation

We celebrate the end of the year at Kindergarten Graduation.  Grandparents and siblings are welcome.  The Kindergartners sing some songs and prayers they have learned throughout the year.  The children receive diplomas.