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Welcome to Kindergarten

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amanda Erichsen

on 16 September 2013

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Welcome to Kindergarten!

•Macmillan/McGraw-Hill California Treasures. This is a newly adopted reading/English Language Arts program. Leveled reading is highly emphasized in this curriculum.
This is the practice of matching every student with a “just right book.” Just right means the book is suited to the student's reading level. At the end of the year, students read at a level C.
Phonemic Awareness and Phonics:
blending and segmenting
Phonological Awareness:
"What is the beginning sound in map?"
We need to give students opportunities in class and at home to read leveled books, to hear stories read aloud and to discuss what they have read.
(cc) image by nuonsolarteam on Flickr
Letter Names and Sounds
How Do We Get There?
It takes a village to get our kids to level C!
Phonics: "Match the picture with the letter that makes the first sound."
Read for Meaning!
If students aren't thinking about what they are reading, then they aren't reading for meaning. When students read, they have to construct meaning as they go.
Ask your child questions about their reading.
Have them: make predictions, talk about their favorite part, or talk about connection to other books they have read.
Curved lines, straight lines, letters and numbers.
Top line, middle line, and bottom line. Sky line, grass line, and dirt line.
Using a two finger space between words
Sounding out vs. spelling:
We do a lot of sounding out in Kindergarten. This promotes the understanding of sound-letter relationships.
This is the one year in which your child will focus on sounding out to spell words on their own, and creative spelling is encouraged.
Please don’t dwell on correct spelling!
Students will be learning to stretch words out in order to hear and write down the sounds.
We do this by listening to the beginning, middle and ending sounds.
Nuts and Bolts
Classroom behavior system:
Please ask your child daily how they did at school. Ask what color they were on the behavior chart.
Extended day starting October 1st. Students are dismissed at 2:10, Monday – Thursday. Fridays are early dismissal days and students leave at 12:30.
Lunch: Free and reduced, buying lunch cards, sending money ($3.00), school rules, line up at sound of bell, adults on yard duty will be wearing orange vests.
Label all clothing and lunch bags
Classroom Needs:
Thanks to all of the parents who are able to
volunteer in the class and at home.
Classroom Volunteers: Please fill out the volunteer form and get your TB test.
* Please look at the "Fishing for Donation" poster
*Donor's Choose project, "Storytellers"
ABC= Asset Building Champions, one of many programs developed by Project Cornerstone. Each month a parent volunteer from each classroom reads a book and conducts a lesson on various values.
ABC Reader (2-3 would be ideal): attends an hourly meeting once a month to learn about the book, then coordinating with teacher to read the book and lead the discussion/activity.
School Announcements
Tues 9/25 8-9:30am: ABC Reader Orientation for New Readers

Fri. 9/28 5-6:30pm: Family Fun Night

Tues. 10/2 8-9am: First ABC Reader Book Training

Thurs. 10/11 2:30-4:00pm: Safe Routes To School Planning

Fri. 10/19 2:30-7:00pm: Fall Festival
Thank You!
(408) 522.8272
Foundational Skills
In order to build students' capacity to learn difficult Math concepts, these building blocks must be in place:
- Counting with 1-1 correspondence
- Number sense
- Number identification
Complex Skills and Concepts
Adding by:

Using manipulatives
Counting on
Subtracting by:
Taking away
Crossing out
Utilizing manipulatives or a number line
Telling Time, Calendar
& Skip Counting
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