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 – email@example.com 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? A tangible product will not be produced each day Poetry Work Station* Work that is completed will be turned into “Finished Work” tray 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!