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					Mrs. VanLaningham’s
Kindergarten Class
    Welcome Parents!
 Welcome to Kindergarten!
 This is an exciting time in you and your
  child’s life! Together, we want to make the
  transition to kindergarten effortless.
 The presentation today is meant to inform
  you on the present school year. Please keep
  this presentation (and folder) for future
  reference.
  A Little About Mrs. V.
 Professionally
     Graduated from Illinois State University
     Currently teach for Sun Foundation
     Taught summer school sessions for District 150
     Taught second grade at St. Mary’s (2 years)
   Maternity leave substitute for Davenport Elementary (1 year)
   Currently teaching at Congerville (second year)
 Personally
     Married for nearly 2 years
     Adore animals – have several
     Play flute
     Passion for the outdoors
What Professionalism Means to Me
           P repared for each school day
           R espectful to those I work with
           O ptimistic and positive attitude
           F ully accessible to parents and students
           E nthusiastic about my profession
           S ee teachable moments in all situations
           S ensitive to confidentiality
           I nstruction time is used to the fullest
           O pen to criticism and instruction
           N eatly dressed
           A lways remember to have fun
           L ifelong learner
           I llinois Learning Standards drive instruction
           S ight on curriculum and classroom goals
           M indful of the unique needs of each student
School-Wide Expectations
 Caring
 Courteous
 Careful
 Bee-Havior Management
 Stoplight
   Green, yellow, and red lights
   1 warning, next time check
   After three checks, student will move to
    yellow light, after three additional checks,
    student will move to red light
 Listening Ear
 Classroom Meetings
            Red Folders
   Red folder is for daily communication
   Bee-Havior Chart/Comments
   Return to school
   Stay at home
             Communication
 Website
   www.congerville-k.info
 Weekly Newsletter
    Example from 2009 – 2010 SY in folder
 Red Folders
 School Phone (309) 467-6729 or Cell (309) 258-8641
    Feel free to leave a message or text

 School E-mail – vanlaninghamp@district140.org
           Curriculum
 Overall, I would say the kindergarten
  curriculum is challenging yet rewarding.
  Our instruction time focuses on reading
  readiness and math skills. Various
  methods will be used for optimal learning
  opportunities.
 The mornings will be spent enthralled in
  our reading and writing curriculum.
                            Reading
   New curriculum introduced in 2008 - 2009
        Harcourt School Publishers
 Phonemic Awareness
      30+ minutes designated to this each day
 Phonics
      Zoo-Phonics
   Reading
         Pre-decodable books, decodable books, leveled readers, guided reading time, reading
         room April - May
 Literature
      Big books, current authors/stories
      Anthology of Tales (offered weekly)
 Comprehension
      Sequencing parts of the story, identifying book genres, making predictions,
       summarizing the story, identify characters/setting of the story, etc.
 Robust Vocabulary
      3 words introduced per story (i.e. marvelous, exquisite, hollow, lush, etc)
                              Writing
   Daily Morning Message
        Introduction to formal letter writing
        Identification of specific letter of study and sight words
        Writing date correctly
   The Very Busy Kindergartener
        Monthly independent journal writing. Students will write about their favorite activity for
         that month and illustrate it.
   Daily Writing Experiences
        Teacher led/modeled (Monday)
        Shared writing (Tuesday & Wednesday)
        “Pass the Pen” (Thursday)
        Independent writing (Friday)
    Traits of Good Writing
   Ideas
        interesting, clear, content supported by reasons and details
   Conventions
        correct punctuation, grammar, and spelling
   Word Choice
        interesting verbs, adjectives, and nouns
   Sentence Fluency
        different kinds of sentences
   Voice
        Your own words and ideas
   Organization
        Logical and clear order
      Daily Writing Experiences
Week 1 - 12                   Levi Labeled His Pictures
   Writing names
   Labels
   Writing Signs
   Captions
   Mechanics of a sentence
   News
   Sentences about me
   Caption sentence
   Lists
   Poster
   Poetry
      Daily Writing Experiences
Week 13 - 20                           Week 21 - 30
   Questions                          Descriptive writing of
   Interview Questions                 a place
   Exclamations                       Dialogue
   Commands                           Story Writing
   Directions                         Friendly Letter
   Story Response                     Invitation
   Descriptive writing of a person    Thank You Note
   Descriptive writing of a thing     Personal Narrative
                                     Math
   Harcourt School Publishers
        2007 Copyright
   Math skills that build over the course of the year
        Sort and classify
        Patterns
        Numbers 0 to 5
        Numbers 6 to 10
        Geometry and fractions
        Numbers 10 to 30
        Number patterns
        Money and time
        Measurement
        Data, graphing, and probability
        Addition
        Subtraction
   Chapter Assessments/ Cumulative Assessment
   Calendar/Circle Time
   100th Day of School – HUGE CELEBRATION
          Science – A Personal Favorite
   Curriculum gathered from K – 2 science conference I attended
        Coincides with Illinois Learning Standards for Kindergarten
        Hands-on experiments

   The Sky, Nighttime and Daytime
        Concepts of the sun, moon, and stars
        Introduction to space

   Living and Non-Living Things
        When do we know something is living? When do we know something is non-living?
        Exploration with hands-on experiments

   Earth’s Land and Resources
        Exploring different landforms (mountains, valleys, plains, and hills)
        Looking at rocks
        The 3 Layers of Soil in the Midwest, parts of a plant, Sammy Soil, Garden in a Glove, germination can
         happen from body heat, etc.
        Water (ocean, lakes, and rivers)
        Natural resources – How do we save them?

   Weather
        Properties of water – solid, liquid, and gas
        The 4 seasons (relationship to seasons due to Earth’s rotation)
        Measuring /understanding temperatures
        Types of precipitation
        Types of clouds
 Science Continued
•Nocturnal & Diurnal Animals
    •Focus on the Barn Owl
    •A closer look at pupils in the dark
    •Why are animals nocturnal? Why are
    animals diurnal?
    •Owl pellet dissection

•Life Cycles
    •Frogs
                  Social Studies
   Incorporating former curriculum
        McGraw Hill
   Jobs people do
        Connecting jobs to their services (i.e. doctors help sick people)
        What do you want to do when you grow up? Why?
   Living in a community
        Buildings and services
        People who help keep us safe in the community
        Neighborhoods
   Being an active citizen
        The Pledge of Allegiance
        Taking care of your community
        What would you like to see change? How can you make a difference?
   Recognize calendar holidays
        Labor Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King Jr., President’s Day,
         Lincoln’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday, Christopher Columbus, Fourth of July,
         etc.
    Literacy Work Stations
                                                       What are literacy work stations?
 Big Book Work Station                                     The emphasis in literacy work stations is on teacher modeling
                                                             and students taking responsibility for their own learning.
   ABC/Word Study Work Station                             Start with a mini-lessons for the first six weeks. Slowly a play
                                                             center will be replaced with a literacy work station.
   Classroom Library Work Station                          It needs to be a gradual release from modeling to independent
                                                             practice.
   Buddy Reading Work Station                         How will my student work at the stations?
   Writing Work Station                                 
                                                         
                                                             “I can” statements guide students with controlled choices
                                                             2 students per station
   Projector Work Station*                                 Your student will visit two work stations per day
                                                       How will my student be assessed during this
   Listening Work Station                              time?
                                                         
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                                                             A tangible product will not be produced each day
    Poetry Work Station*                                    Work that is completed will be turned into “Finished Work” tray
                                                         
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                                                             Students will keep their unfinished work in a folder.
    Drama Work Station*                                What is the teacher doing during this time?
                                                            I will have my work station where I work with students on
                                                             various skills.
                *Introduced after Christmas Break
                                                       What about students who are off task?
                                                             Prior to starting literacy work stations, the entire class will get
                                                             a warning (I call this pre-correction).
                                                            If a students is not on task they will be removed immediately
                                                             from their literacy station and will sit next to me.
         Weekly Specials
   Computer (Friday)
   Library (Tuesday/Thursday)
   Physical Education (Daily)
   Music (Tuesday/Thursday)
   Second Step Program (Thursday)

                *Full day students only
                Homework
 Reinforcement activities
    Handwriting practice  D’Nealian
 Decodable books
    Should be read three different times and returned to school
    Signatures required
 Leveled Readers
    Book-in-a-bag (weekly)
    Should be read three different times and returned to school
    Signatures required
 Unfinished class work marked
              Attendance
 Attendance is extremely important
    In the beginning we may see separation anxiety
    Communicate with student what it means to be sick
    Research shows attendance is vital to success in the
     classroom
 Half day starts at 8:30 and ends at 11:30
 Full day starts at 8:30 and ends at 3:10
 Dismissal policies
    I must see you before your child will be dismissed
    Bus students will be monitored
    Any changes in how your student gets home needs to be in
     a written note
          Extras that Make
         Kindergarten Great
   Snack List
        Monthly snack list (in folder)
   Snack Milk
        Students are strongly encouraged to take snack milk
   Birthdays
        Birthday treats are welcome
        We will celebrate summer birthdays on student’s half birthday
   Show and Tell
        Student can share on their snack day
   Mystery Reader
        Sign up sheet in booklet
   Free Choice Fridays
        Students have the option of watching a video during Green Light Time
   Food Experience Friday
        Details in booklet
   Green Light Time
        A way to reward students who have stayed on green light the entire day
        Green light  full time
        Yellow light  lose 5 minutes
        Red light  lose 10 minutes
        More Extras…
•Special Days
•Talent Show – Caps for Sale 2011
•Muffins with Mom
•Donuts with Dad
•Grandparent’s Day
•Field Trip(s)
Let’s Have a Great Year!

				
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