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What Children Learn in Kindergarten

 

 

 

We do This…

To Learn This

Show & Tell

Overcoming shyness

 

Listening to others

 

Speaking clearly and easily

Center Time

Solving problems together

 

Being independent learners

 

Following directions

 

 

Respecting others

 

Working together

Art

Creativity

 

Exploring and investigating

 

 

 

 

 

Clean Up

Accepting responsibility

 

Being helpful

Group Time

Critical thinking

 

Increasing attention span and concentrating

 

Sharing ideas

 

Developing listening skills

 

Naming/writing letters and numbers

 

Beginning reading skills

 

Counting/math skills

Stories

Listening

 

Enjoying books

 

Extending experiences

 

Understanding words

Bible

How much God, our Creator, loves each of us

 

How to live for Jesus every day

Science/Social Studies

Exploring God’s world

Eating Together

Practicing good manners

Music

Singing praises to God and enjoyment of music

 

Developing a sense of rhythm

 

Developing sound discrimination

Physical Education

Keeping our bodies fit

 

Enjoying recreation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Work/Communication

 

Each day your child will bring home a “Take Home” folder.  In the left inside pocket you will find a weekly “What’s Up” schedule -- please leave this in the folder.  This will give you the highlights of what we are learning each day.  It needs to be initialed after you have gone over that day’s work with your child, and then the folder should be returned to school the next day.  This is simply a means of communication between teacher and parents, and also helps you to set aside a few minutes each day to sit with your child and talk about his/her very important school day.  Please praise and encourage your child as you go over their “accomplishments” -- a little praise goes a long way with these little ones in building a positive attitude about school that they will carry with them in the years ahead.

 

Any work that needs to be completed and returned to school will come home in the left side pocket on top of the “What’s Up” schedule.  Finished work or any other paper that needs to be returned to school should come back inside this folder as well.  Any communication from the school will also come home in this pocket.  The right side of the folder will be used for our calendar/snack list.  If your child is absent, all missed work will come home in a “We Missed You” folder to be completed and returned to school.

 

In addition to the daily “What’s Up” schedule in your child’s Take Home folder, each Monday a weekly newsletter will be sent home.  This newsletter will be filled with important information about the upcoming week, past/future events and anything else that needs to be shared.  Please take time to read through it!

 

Homework

Beginning the second week of school, your child will have a small amount of “homework” each week.  A “homework” sheet and a Bible Memory Verse will go home stapled to each Monday newsletter and will be due the last school day of each week, usually on Friday.  The homework sheet will usually be an additional practice page for the letter or number that we are learning at the time.  We will be learning and working on the memory verse in class, but your child should practice it at home each and every day to further “hide it” in his/her heart.  In addition to this, please, please, please make an effort to read to your child daily.  Encourage them to point out letters/words that they recognize.  You will be blessed as you watch them discover the wonder of the written word! In January, we will begin an at home reading incentive called “Nose in Book at Home.” 

 

Classroom Behavior Expectations

 

There are 3 main classroom expectations:

1)   Honor Jesus with our words and attitudes

2)  Respect and Obey all teachers, KW staff and adult helpers by listening, raising hand and following   

     directions

3)  Be Kind and follow The Golden Rule…”Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”

 

In order for me to be an effective teacher and for each student to be able to learn to their potential, it is essential that classroom behavior be acceptable and appropriate.  As Kindergarteners, children are now beginning their school careers and they need to learn to become contributing members of their classroom and to work with others.  In order to do this, they must learn to recognize and follow the rules, or accept the consequences of their actions.  When behavior expectations are not being met, the student will receive an opportunity to make a better choice in their behavior unless it is a major offense.  If the child chooses to continue the misbehavior, there will be appropriate consequences as follows.

We use the “color card“ system in the primary grade levels.  Everyone starts on Green each morning, and will remain on green as long as they are making good behavior choices.  If there is a behavior that needs addressed, depending on severity, the teacher will first give a verbal warning.  If the behavior continues, they will be asked to turn their Green to Yellow (caution/warning).  Continual inappropriate behavior choices will result in turning the cards in the following continuum… Yellow to Orange (lose 5 minutes of afternoon recess);  Orange to Red (lose all afternoon recess); Red to Black (“Minor Incident Report” sent home to parents); and turning the Black card results in a visit to the principal.

 

Positive praise and encouragement will be given out liberally to reward good behavior choices throughout the day. 

In addition, those who make appropriate choices will be rewarded by earning time towards “Free Choice Time” on Mondays where they can choose their favorite center activity, including board games, puppets, Legos, computer, etc.  Those who have stayed on Green all day will earn 5 minutes towards “Free Choice Time”, those who are on Yellow will earn 2 minutes and any other color will earn 0 minutes.  The teacher will record earned time at the end of each day.  If a student does not earn all 25 possible minutes, they will sit at their seat with their head down until it is their time to play. 

 

It is my hope that this “system” will encourage good behavior choices and will result in a positive learning environment for all. 

 

Show & Tell

 

Children enjoy bringing items from home and sharing about them -- this helps develop their communication skills.  We will use the “Surprise Box” for Show & Tell.  A different child will bring home the Surprise Box each night.  Turns will be taken so everyone will have an opportunity to bring the Surprise Box home many times throughout the year.  Now,  “WHAT is the Surprise Box?”…This is an activity that will help your child further develop good cognitive and communication skills.  You and your child will choose one item from around your home or out in God’s wonderful world to put in the box, and then come up with 3 clues together that you will write on the piece of paper inside the box.  The next day your child will bring the Surprise Box back and during Show & Tell time the teacher and child will read the clues and others will try to guess what the item is.  PLEASE DO NOT PUT TOYS IN THE SURPRISE BOX  (thank you for your understanding!).  Be creative and have fun writing the clues…there are so many interesting things around us!

 

Snacks

 

Kindergarten bodies are growing bodies and need lots of “fuel!”  Each day we will have a mid-morning snack.  We do ask that each family provide a snack for the entire class (22 children) on a rotating basis.  We will use a classroom “SNACK BUCKET”… on the day before your child’s scheduled day to bring snack, he/she will bring home the Snack Bucket.  Your child will bring back the bucket the next morning with the snack that you are providing.  Please send a healthy snack…pretzels, cheese, crackers, grapes, etc.  We do ask that if any preparation is needed that it be done before sending it (i.e., cheese cut into chunks or grapes cut into clusters and placed in baggies). Also, please do NOT send drinks.  The children can get drinks from their water bottles as needed.

 

If your child has any special dietary needs or food allergies, please let me know immediately.

 

Arrival/Dismissal Times

 

Children should not arrive before 8:00 a.m. (class begins at 8:15 a.m.), and they should be picked up at 2:50 p.m.  Any student not picked up by 3:00 will be taken to the office where he/she will remain until being picked up.  If you are not able to manage these times, you will need to arrange for before and/or after school care.

 

Lunch Procedures

 

If your child will be taking hot lunch, each day there are three entrees to choose from.  To expedite the lunch count, please go over the choices with your child before he/she comes to school (the school lunch calendar is sent home at the beginning of each month).  Primary students will NOT be allowed to buy soda pop during school time.  Milk can be purchased by itself as a drink option for those bringing lunch from home.  Plan to come eat lunch with your child once in awhile…they love these special visits from Mom or Dad!  J  You can order hot lunch or a salad bar in the a.m. when you drop your child off, or bring your own!  Primary lunch is from 11:10 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.. 

 

Recess

 

All children will go out for recess unless they have a written note from home.  Please make sure your child is prepared for outside play each day.  Recess is always outside except if it is raining hard or too wet -- then we will be in the gym or classroom. 

 

Illnesses

 

Please keep your child home if he/she has a fever and/or has an illness that might be contagious.  These are things that we don’t want to “share” in Kindergarten!

 

Extra Set of Clothes

 

The extra set of clothes requested on your supply list is an important item.  We do not have a bathroom in our classroom, and sometimes Kindergarteners get so wrapped up in what they are doing that they forget to allow time for important bodily functions.  Thus the need for an extra set of clothes…just in case!  Any soiled clothing will come home that day.  Please send another “extra set” back with your child the very next school day.

 

Toys

 

Please have children leave their toys at home.  As they can become a distraction and have the potential to become lost/broken, school is not the place for them.  If they forget, the teacher will keep the toy for the day and give it to the parent at pick-up time.  Thank you for your understanding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birthdays

 

Birthdays are a celebration of God’s gift of life, and are very important to celebrate with each other!  In Kindergarten, we will celebrate birthdays by each child having the opportunity to be celebrated as the “Blessing of the Week” during the week their birthday falls in.  For those who have birthdays that occur during holidays, we will celebrate the week after the holiday.  If your child has a summer birthday, a week will be identified as their celebration week towards the end of school.  Please be watching the calendar in the “Take Home” folder and in the weekly newsletter for upcoming “Blessing of the Week” kids.  If you need to change dates, please let me know as soon as possible before their scheduled week.

 

We will celebrate our “Blessing of the Week” this way…

 

«      MONDAY -- “ALL ABOUT ME”

      Please send in 4-5 photos of your child and family on a poster board that will be provided ahead of

      time.  Label each photo with a short sentence or word, and complete the provided 

      questionnaire and mount it on the poster.  Your child may add decorations as he/she would like.  Your

      child will have time on this day to tell about themselves and share their pictures.

 

«      TUESDAY -- “SPECIAL TREASURE”

      Your child may bring in a special treasure to share with the class.  NO toys or pets please.

 

«      WEDNESDAY -- “FAVORITE STORY”

      Your child may bring a favorite story to share with the class (approx. 10 minutes in length). It  

      can be a book your child can read, or one that I can read to the class.

 

«      THURSDAY --  “SPECIAL HELPER”

      This is the day that your child gets to be the teacher’s “Special Helper.”

 

«      FRIDAY -- “BIRTHDAY SURPRISE AND TREAT DAY”

      Today your child will be able to choose a book from the “Birthday Book Box.”  Also, this is the day

      your child can bring a birthday treat to share with the class, if you would like.  We love them!

      Please keep the treat simple…cookies or cupcakes, etc.  (no drinks please).  We usually share the treats right  

      after rest time, so you can either send the treats in with your child in the morning, or you can bring it by at

      lunch.  Please let the teacher know ahead of time if you will be providing a treat. 

 

Conferences

 

There will be one regularly scheduled conference in the fall -- usually in November.  It would be desirable for both parents to attend if at all possible.  If you need to schedule a conference at any other time or wish to get a message to me about anything at all, please call the office and leave a message, write a note or Email me at baa@crista.org.  I will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

 

Awards

 

Christian character is an important part of training at King’s West, and will be celebrated in an Awards Chapel each quarter.  Each student will receive an award within the school year.  You will be notified in advance when your child will be receiving an award in hopes that you will be able to attend and “celebrate” your child with us.

Giving Tree

 

The Giving Tree is essentially a classroom “Wish List.”  Throughout the year we have special projects or activities that require a variety of small items. If you would like to donate an item on the tree, please remove the tag (take it home as a reminder!), purchase the item and return it to the classroom.