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									                 Cheatham Kindergarten
                  Handbook 2010-2011

Kindergarten is a very special time. It is an introduction to formal school. The children will be
introduced to many new ideas and concepts. They not only learn technical concepts, but
also good study habits, listening skills, problem solving, and how to follow directions.

Kindergarten classes consist of structured lessons (whole group, small group and one on
one), teacher modeling, peer interaction, independent work, and literacy centers. In the
beginning of the school year, children are assessed as to what they already know. Teachers
individualize instruction for each child based upon the needs of that child to assure bringing
that child to his/her fullest potential. It is our goal to develop the whole child; intellectually,
emotionally, creatively, and socially.

Kindergarten is a period when children are actively engaged in acquiring new skills and
basic concepts. They begin to use these concepts in problem solving tasks that are the
beginnings of many inquiries. As they begin to explore their environment they begin to
construct their own knowledge. It is our responsibility to provide a rich and an interesting
environment for growth and risk taking to take place. We want to bring every child to their
highest potential for learning.

Parents are the most important people in a child’s life. It is very important for parents to be
involved with their child’s education. For this reason we encourage parents support and
participation throughout the kindergarten year and beyond.

Children in kindergarten are involved in many activities. The TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge
and Skills) provide the curriculum backbone with many opportunities for the children to
reach their highest potential. It is through this curriculum that the following content areas are
taught: reading and writing, math, social studies, science, and technology.
    If you would like to view any information regarding the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge
      and Skills) you may use the following website:
                       Kindergarten Writing

      Writing is an essential part of your child’s development. Since all students enter
kindergarten with their own writing abilities, the skills taught during reading instruction will aid
students in their writing process.

                                    Stages of Writing
             Research has shown that writing skills develop in a predictable order:

                Pictures
                Approximations
                Random Letters
                Initial Consonants
                Initial and Final Consonants
                Vowel/Consonant Combinations
                Words (all syllables present)
                Standard Spelling

                                       Daily Writing
         In kindergarten, students will be given a Draft Book in which they will write everyday.
This first composition is their very first draft that will go on to be edited at individual writing
conferences with the teacher. A final product will then be developed and published to
glorify their achievements as an author.
         In the beginning stages, writing is in the form of personal accounts. Writing is then
enhanced as we venture into different genres of literature. Their writing techniques will
transform their personal accounts into actual stories intended for an audience. As your
child’s stories develop through the different writing stages, you will simply be amazed at
what your young writer is truly capable of!
        Kindergarten Reading Program

         At Cheatham Elementary, we teach reading using a Comprehensive Literacy
approach. In kindergarten, your child will be both immersed and surrounded by literature
and will be taught important basic skills that will help them learn to decode words and use
context clues in their reading.
         Students will be actively involved from day one. We will read and discuss many
exciting books together. The students will learn about authors and illustrators, title and
dedication pages, and story grammar: character, setting, problem, and solution. Several
opportunities will be provided each day for the students to explore reading during individual
reading and listening centers (Daily 5).
         As teachers, we will teach your child letter identification, the link between letters and
sounds, and how to blend those sounds together to form words. Your child will learn how to
detect initial and final sounds in words. They will also learn about rhyming words and
patterns with print. They will see and hear how letters fit together to form words and how
words combine to form sentences. The students will learn the different forms of punctuation
and how sentences can form the basis for stories that can be published into books.
         Sight words are introduced and then placed on a Word Wall. Students will have Word
Wall Words each week that they will be expected to learn. This will build their sight w ord
vocabulary allowing them to quickly identify words in a passage.
         Students will be placed in flexible reading groups that will fluctuate throughout the
year. They will also have the opportunity to work one-on-one with the teacher on reading
skills, applying these skills when reading a story, and enhancing their comprehension
capabilities. All books and instruction are tailored to meet the individual needs of each
         All of these skills will be used to develop your child’s ability to read and write. As they
learn to identify letters and sounds, the students will begin to apply these skills in their writing.
The Word Wall will serve as an excellent tool for Draft Book. The more stories that the students
are exposed to, the better their writing will become. “Great readers go on to be great
writers, and great writers go on to become greater readers.”
         Your children are embarking on a great adventure. To ensure their success, we will
need to work as a team. It is extremely important that reading take place both at school
and at home. You will be asked to have your child read books that they receive during their
reading group, as well as, practice reading and writing their Word Wall Words. Together we
can help your child succeed in reading!
 Components of a Comprehensive Literacy Program

Read Aloud – The t eacher reads stories/ poems that are at or above the students’
independent and guided reading levels. This familiarizes students with book language, story
structure, descriptions, plot development, concepts of print, phonics and phonemic
awareness, and the love of literature.

Shared Reading – This provides the beginning support that enables children to read
independently. The teacher reads a story to the whole group or class. During rereading, the
children participate, reading more and more of the text.

Guided Reading - A small group, teacher-directed, that helps the children to develop the
reading strategies they need to become independent readers.

Independent Reading – This provides opportunities during the day for children to practice
and internalize strategies learned during shared and guided reading, using many different
types of text.

Write Aloud/ Modeled Writing – The teacher models the processes an author uses in planning
and writing a story or other product, for the whole class or a small group.

Shared Writing – The teacher and the children work together through the processes that
occur in writing: concepts and conventions of print, sound/symbol relations, phonics, and

Guided Writing – The children write with or for the teacher, following the same processes as
Shared Writing.

Independent Writing – Children learn to write by writing for their own purposes and from their
own experiences. They learn to think of themselv es as authors, making good writing
decisions while employing the entire Writing Process (from first draft through editing to
“published” product). Additional practice of discrete skills may be in the form of directed
writing or worksheets.
                       Kindergarten Math

       The math curriculum is a sequential hands-on approach. It begins with basic concepts
and develops into higher level thinking skills. Real life scenarios are also incorporated
through story problems. Students are allowed to work with many different types of
manipulatives to reinforce the concepts learned. It is our goal to promote lifelong problem
solving skills as we encourage the children to explain their “thinking”.

                     Kindergarten Math Concepts:
                  Geometry (Sorting by Attributes)
                  Patterns
                  Sets to 10
                  Sets to 20
                  Position and Location
                  Sequencing and Ordinal Positions
                  Graphing
                  Geometry (2 Dimensional Figures)
                  Geometry (3 Dimensional Figures)
                  Numbers to 100
                  Fractions
                  Addition
                  Subtraction
                  Measurement (Size and Length)
                  Measurement (Length and Area)
                  Measurement (Capacity and Weight)
                  Measurement (Weight and Temperature)
                  Measurement (Time)
                  Sets of Numbers to 100
Children can discover the content of science by applying the processes of science. These
include observation, comparing, classifying, measuring, communicating, predicting
analyzing, and evaluating. The scientific method is used as experiments are demonstrated.
Science is very hands-on with real life experiences to connect knowledge to what they
already know and promote learning. The science program aids in the development of
language and reading skills as well. Cheatham has a well equipped science lab that
kindergarten students will have the opportunity to utilize periodically throughout the year.

Social Studies
Our social studies units are based upon areas of study that promote growth and expansion
of knowledge of which the children can relate. Social Studies allows children to become
aware of their environment and the world around them. Children realize their importance in
their community and how they can be a positive influence.

                         Social Studies and
                          Science Content
 Social Studies
 All About Me
 Manners                                                Science
 Five Senses                                            Scientific Processes
 Family                                                 Recording Data
 How do I get along with others?                        Science Equipment/Safety
 Basic Human Needs                                      Space and Weather
 What is in my Neighborhood?                            Matter and Energy
 Community Helpers                                      Living and Nonliving
 Transportation                                         Research
 How do people live in the world?                       Earth Science
 Holidays                                               Plants (life cycle)
 Patriotic symbols and holidays                         Natural Resources
 Where am I in the world?                               Force and Motion
 How can I help take care of the world?

 The children are exposed to technology in the classroom to reinforce concepts learned.
 The Internet provides opportunities to explore interesting topics and to promote research.
 Cheatham has two well-equipped computer labs that help to extend learning in the
 classroom. Each kindergarten class will visit the computer lab weekly. Each kindergarten
 classroom also has 3 student computers and printer access. We also have the use of
 digital cameras, scanners, and video conferencing which will be employed along with a
 variety of software programs. Students are expected to follow the acceptable use
 policy as stated in the student code of conduct.
                              Policies and Procedures
If your child is absent from school, Texas State law requires that we have a written note
from the parent or doctor explaining the absence. Please read the law below:
State mandated attendance law TEC 25.092 stat es that all students are required t o be in
attendance for at least 90% of all school days in a given year in order t o receive credit in
a course or grade. A st udent who att ends fewer than 90% of the days cannot receive
credit unless t he attendance committee finds that the absences are t he result of
ext enuating circumstances. Under t his law, there is no differentiation between excused
and unexcused absences for the awarding of credit. You may refer t o the St udent
Handbook for further det ails. If your child has been absent 9 times, he/she is at risk. If
your child has been absent more t han 18 times, he/she is in violation of the 90%
attendance rule.

Arrival Time
Please have your child at school no later than 7:50. The tardy bell rings at 7:55 and we
begin class promptly. If your child arrives early they will need t o go to the cafeteria until
their teacher picks them up between 7:45-7:50.

Back Packs
Your child works very hard on their school projects and is very proud of their work.
Therefore, we would like each child to bring a backpack every day. This will ensure that
you receive all of your child’s work, as well as any communication from his/her teacher.
Please check your child’s backpack daily. It is also a good idea to clean it out weekly as
items tend to accumulate.

We know that celebrating your child’s birthday is very special, and each classroom
recognizes that special day. The administration also recognizes each student ’s birthday
by name over our closed circuit morning announcements. We ask that if you choose to
celebrate please follow a few guidelines:
      1. No birthday treats are allowed during the school day.
      2. If you wish to pass out invitations to a birthday party, we ask that you provide
          one to each child in the class. We cannot provide home addresses for specific
          students in our class.

Please send your child to school in clothes which facilitate their being able to easily use
the bathroom on their own. Also, refer to the AISD dress code policy. If your child wears
sandals, please send socks and tennis shoes in their backpacks for physical education
Your child will be learning a traditional style of handwriting. Please click on the link titled
Handwriting Style on your teacher’s webpage to see the alphabet your child will be
learning and using this year.

Your child may bring a lunch to school or purchase in the cafeteria. You must pay for
lunches in advance on their lunch account. Do not send cash daily. If you send a lunch
box, please make sure it contains items that your child can easily open. We are unable
to warm up or refrigerate items.

Parent/Teacher Communication
       At Cheatham we have several ways to communicate information to and from
parents. A weekly newsletter will be posted by Tuesday on your teacher’s webpage.
The newsletter will let you know what your child worked on the week before and any
upcoming dates and events that you will need to know about.
       If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email or call your
child’s teacher. They will get back to you as soon as possible. Emails are checked twice
during the day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon, and all phone messages
will be returned within 24 hours.
       Please look at the section titled “Take Home Folders” for other ways to
communicate with your child’s teacher.

Report Cards
Report cards will be sent home each 6 weeks in a manila envelope. You will need to sign
envelope on the signature line for the correct six weeks and return only the envelope to
school with your child. The report card is yours to keep.

Each child may bring a snack for themselves daily. Due to state nutrition laws,
students/teachers cannot provide a snack to others. Please put your child’s snack in a
separate container from their lunch. Be sure to choose something healthy. A sports type
water bottle is acceptable. Please be sure to only fill with water, and use a leak/spill
proof container.

Please check with your classroom teacher to see if there are any food allergies in your
child’s classroom. Food allergies will determine what snacks are allowed in each

Star of the Week
Each child will be assigned a week to be our classroom “star.” Be looking for more
information from your child’s teacher about when your child will be the star of the week
and how they will be celebrated.
Take Home Folders
Your child will bring a folder home every day. Inside the folder will be their completed
class work from the day and important information from the teacher and/or office.
Please check your child’s folder daily. This daily folder will be the way in which we
communicate with you and will allow you to communicate with your classroom teacher.

There will also be a “behavior chart” for you to initial daily. The behavior chart will
document your child’s behavior during the school day. Each day of the week will have
a small oval, which can be colored one of 4 colors. There will be a key at the bottom of
the daily folder page to explain the color codes. The codes are as follows:
              Green = good day
              Yellow = consequence was given/ loss of privilege
              Orange = parent contacted/loss of privilege
              Red = principal
If your child has any color other than green you will also get a written explanation as to
what occurred. Please check this folder daily. All written communication must be sent in
the take home folder. This folder MUST be returned every day with your initials.

Please do not let your child bring a toy to school unless the teacher specifies this as part
of a learning unit.

Tuesday Folders
This is a school wide folder that will contain important information pertaining to school
and district events, fundraisers, etc. It will come home every Tuesday and will need to be
returned the following day.

We love volunteers and can always use them. If this is something that you are interested
in pursuing you will need to fill out a criminal ba ckground check. These will be available
on-line at www.allenisd.org. Please do not fill these out prior to July 1 st. The background
will only be good for 1 year and you will have to reapply each year.
                       WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP MY CHILD BE
                         SUCCESSFUL IN KINDERGARTEN?

      *Praise what your child can do, rather than dwell on what he/she can’t do.

      *Let your child color and cut pictures, coupons, coloring book pages (coloring and
      cutting are skills, which will help your child’s coordinat ion and letter writing).
      *Teach your child to button, zip, or snap his/her clothing and to take care of his/her
      toilet needs behind a closed door.
      *Teach your child how to tie his/her own shoes before starting school.

      *Phone number
      *Birthday (month, day, year)
      *Saying the alphabet (not singing the song)
      *Writing first and last name (with 1 st letter being upper case and the rest lower
      *Identifying letters of the alphabet - both upper and lower case letters randomly
      *Identifying numerals 0-20
      *Counting orally
      *Identifying shapes-
             circle, triangle, square, oval, diamond, heart, plus, star, rectangle
      *Identifying colors-
             red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, brown, black, whit e, and gray





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