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Mrs. VanLaningham's Kindergarten Class

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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
  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
 Website
 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 –
 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
 The mornings will be spent enthralled in
  our reading and writing curriculum.
   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)
   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
   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
                  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,
    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
   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
 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 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
 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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