I would like to
take this opportunity to welcome you to Holy Family Kindergarten. I hope
your children were able to relax this summer and get refreshed for the
busy coming up year. Mrs. Bender and I have many fun-filled activities
planned to keep them busy and actively involved in their learning this
will be busy in the first weeks establishing the classroom rules and
routines. We will have many activities to involve the children in interaction
with each other. At this time we will be working on learning each
other’s names, and we will be involved in special interactive activities
to learn about each other’s unique God given personalities. Hopefully,
these activities will help to develop a community of friends for this
year and many years to come.
We are very fortunate to have classroom websites at our school. We will
do much of our communication via the site. If you do not have access to
a computer on a weekly basis, please let me know so that I can send
communication to you by a paper newsletter.
I would like
to introduce you to the Kindergarten Website and our Curriculum at this
time. Hopefully, this site will be a great learning tool for your
family. First of all, it can be a great communication tool for the
family. A wonderful way to use the site as a tool is to sit with your
child at the computer and discuss the various learning activities they
are doing at school. This is important because it develops their
language communication skills and it also is another way to recall what
they have learned so far or you will be able to see what areas your
child needs a little help with at home. Please make sure you check our
site weekly. Important news will be posted weekly at:
and monthly at:
will go to computer class in our lab two times weekly. The children
will learn how to use computers properly. They will also learn basic
skills such as using the mouse, logging on and off, using a variety of
educational sites and at the end of the year we will begin working on
word processing. We will play many learning games on the Kindergarten
Website. These will include:
These are excellent learning games to play at home as well.
Guided Reading and Literacy Centers
Four days a week, the children will meet in
small groups with me to read a book to practice their decoding and
letter-sound application. Each day or every other day (I am not sure
which way is going to work best this year), a book will be sent home for
the child to read to you. They may keep these books to practice with
you at home. I would encourage you to make a special box or use a
basket to keep all of your child’s books in. Each week the children will
also be introduced to new sight words (words that usually cannot be
sounded out but are used frequently). At the middle of the year, your
child may also use these books for their independent reading logs. At
the beginning, the reading process may be difficult, but you will be
amazed at your child’s progress by the end of the year. Just keep
I am working with my groups of three students, the other small groups of
three will be working on independent activities. Mrs. Bender always
works with one of the groups. The literacy centers will always be
focused on the 5 key areas of literacy; phonics, phonemic awareness,
fluency, comprehension and vocabulary. Examples of these activities are
Other activities are pictured under the theme topics such as
Christmas Literacy and Math Photos. Right now, the Kindergartener’s
First Grade friends are pictured on the website. As we progress through
the year, this year’s Kindergarten will replace the other photos.
Teachers come to our site to look to see what we are doing so I do not
want to eliminate all the photos at the beginning of the year. An
EMPHASIS will be placed on beginning sounds, blending, sight words, and
rhyming at the beginning of the year.
A "Reading Street" selected book will be read
each week at the rug. I will engage children in a conversation about
the book. There is a nice blend of fiction and non-fiction books for the
children to listen to. Listening comprehension and concept building
will take place at this time.
Physical Education Mrs. Duttlinger will conduct physical education on
Friday afternoons Please remember to have appropriate
gym shoes on those days. The children will learn a variety of basic
skills. They love these classes!
Writing and Journal time
In writing, we journal each morning. The
children draw a picture from a daily topic. They then label their
topic. We are modeling writing for them right now. As the year
progresses, they will begin writing on their own. We do many shared
writing activities also each week.
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.
At the beginning of the year, the children
will be practicing making their capital and lower case letters on lined
paper correctly. They will receive homework in printing their letters.
When they return their homework, they will receive a ticket. When your
child receives five tickets, he/she may pick a prize from the prize
box. Here is a site with cute rhymes for letter formation:
Phonemic and Phonological Awareness Activities
Phonological Awareness activities include manipulating words, syllables,
and onsets and rimes which are units of oral language. Phonemic
Awareness activities concentrate on manipulating individual sounds in
the spoken word. 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....http://www.zoophonics.com/index2.html
We will supplement and enrich these skills using Knowledge Box, Literacy
Center activities, computer games, Phonics Songs and Rhymes Flip Chart,
CD activities, DVD’s and videos, Reading Street Practice Book pages,
beginning sounds art activities, books, and the Morning Message.
Every day the children will 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, and other fun Math activities.
Guided Math and Math Tubs
At Guided Math, the
students will work in groups of three with me. We will concentrate on
numbers 1-20 to begin with. We will be working on
recognizing the numerals, writing the numerals correctly, counting
objects, learning number names and ordinals. We will also be
working on the concept of greater than and less than and equal to.
will work in small groups with plastic tubs containing hands-on
manipulatives and games and by participating in “Jumpin Numbers” to
reinforce these skills. “Jumpin Numbers” 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
In Religion, we
will be learning about Mass, proper behavior in Church, and praying the
Rosary. Extra practice at home with the Rosary will help your child
become more comfortable and familiar with the prayers. I will be
sending a little prayer booklet home with your child in the first few
weeks of school. We will also be learning about Creation, Adam and
Eve, and Noah’s Ark. We welcome you to Mass also. The children love
when their parents attend the Masses. When the weather is nice, we
meet at church. Otherwise, we will be at school in the gym.
This month we
will be concentrating on “The Five Senses” and “Scientific Inquiry”
(exploration, observation, collecting, describing, comparing and
recording). Many science topics are also incorporated into our
Reading Street Program.
will have music with the Kindergarten once a week.
Christine Kasprowicz will have art with the Kindergarten once a week.
You will be able to see some of the art work and even purchase items at
We will begin learning about the reasons for rules, “ME”, our
community, and the American flag. Many social studies topics are also
incorporated into our Reading Street Program.
will have snacks between 10 and 10:30 each day. We will have our morning
milk at this time. I would encourage you to send healthy
"brain food" snacks at this time. Fruits, yogurt, vegetables or
protein foods are recommended to give your child the mid morning burst
of energy they will need to get them to lunch.
you wish to send a water bottle with your child with a non-spill able
lid, we are going to try that this year. I realize some children
need lots of water. We go to the fountain, but perhaps some
children might need more water than those visits.
Shan will have library with the children each week for 20 minutes.
Please make sure you return your books promptly. Your child will
receive a new book the following week, if he/she has returned the
checked out book.
have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
School: (before or after, not during)