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Special Parts to the Kindergarten Program

Reading Curriculum is Pearson Scott Foresman's "Reading Street".

Math Core Curriculum is Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's "Go Math".

Calendar Math    Every day the children will meet at our working area to do activities involving the calendar:  finding the current date, working on the concepts yesterday, today, and tomorrow, learning the months of the year and days of the week, graphing birthdays, observing daily weather, tallying lost teeth on a chart, and discussing hundreds, and tens and ones to reach our 100 days in school.

  Math Investigations at Guided Math   Lessons will introduce a variety of mathematical concepts and core curriculum objectives.  These include:  position and classification, sorting and graphing, exploration of patterns, exploration of numbers to 10, measurement, solids and shapes, number sense, time and money, actions with numbers, larger numbers, and exploration of addition and subtraction. 

  Math Tubs  Children will work in small groups with plastic tubs containing hands-on manipulatives and games.  Students will work with Mrs. Steele at this time. 

 Jumpin Numbers  This is a system developed by Heidi Butkus to learn numeral and shape recognition through movement music and flash cards.  The program uses nearly all learning modalities and styles.  See

Guided Reading   Every day the children will meet in small groups with the teacher to read a book to practice their decoding and letter-sound application. As the teacher become familiar with each child, they will begin reading in groups based on the Fountas and Pinnell reading levels.  See . . .

Literacy Centers  Students will gather in small groups of four to complete independent activities during the time the teacher is conducting guided reading. The literacy centers will always be focused on the 5 key areas of literacy; phonics,  phonemic awareness, fluency, comprehension and vocabulary.

Shared Reading     A "Reading Street" selected book will be read.  Teacher will engage children in a conversation about the book.  Listening comprehension and concept building will take place.  At other times during the week, the children also gather at the carpet for listening to a variety of books and topics.

Phonemic and Phonological Awareness Activities   Beginning in unit 5, every lesson will begin with a phonemic awareness activity which will focus on target sounds.  The children will connect the sounds to letters.  The children will hear and see the letters, and then apply the letter sounds to their reading.  We will supplement these activities with the Zoo Phonics Program. See.... 

Michael Haggerty Phonemic Awareness Program Each day the children go to the rug area to practice becoming  aware of how to "isolate sounds, manipulate the sounds and blend and segment the sounds into spoken and written words.  It is an auditory training program.  See...  

Buddy Reading  Children spend a few moments each day reading their daily books to each other paired up.

"Words Their Way" Word Sorts At the middle of the year, students begin word sort activities which help them in developing more complex skills which are not covered in our formal reading program.  This program is leveled so that the children can work at their own pace.  See...

Word Wall   Our high-frequency words will be placed on this wall.  We will practice these words by using some "fun" spelling techniques.  Example:  Alligator Clap (Open and close arms for each letter)

Amazing Words     Every week the children will be introduced to six "amazing" words.  These are words that the children will not usually use in their daily conversations.  There words will be introduced to expand and enhance the children's vocabularies.  They come from the main story for the week.  Example:  first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth  


Daily Journal Writing Correlating with Shared Reading Book   Each week the children will be introduced to several different types of writing.  The teacher will model writing and skills by thinking aloud as I write.  We will also do shared writing in which the children will tell the teacher what they want to write.  The teacher will write this getting input and help from the children.  The children will work together with the teacher to write an interactive writing about a shared experience. 

Kid Writing Daily journal work in which the children pick their own topics of interest to write about.

Library   Children will visit the library, listen to a story and choose a book from the library which should be returned the next week. 

Computer Lab   The children will visit the computer lab on various days and times throughout the week.  The children will work on different programs to enhance the weekly work at hand. 

Music and Art   The children will have art and music daily with me, but will also participate with the music teach and art teacher once a week. 

P.E.   The children will attend gym class twice a week on Wednesday and Friday with the P.E. teacher.  Please have the appropriate gym shoes for those days.

Rest Time or Brain Vacation   Children get their rest mats.  Quiet music is played.  They may color, look at a book or rest their eyes.


Marvelous Mondays-Bible Story

Tremendous Tuesday-Prayers and Catholic Doctrine

Wonderful Wednesday-Christian Values

Thankful Thursday-Activities enriching the Bible Story

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Science and Social Studies   These subjects are incorporated into our reading program.


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