What We're Learning:
“The things that make me different are the things that make me.”
― A. A. Milne
First half of the year: "Meet the Superkids"
Second half of the year: "Superkids Club"
Students learn letter recognition and letter sounds, as well as many other important concepts such as blending and "fingerspelling"*.
*Fingerspelling example: "c-a-t"--students use their thumb and two fingers to represent each letter/sound.
End of the Year Goals for Letter Sounds:
Students will be able to recognize and name all letter sounds by the end of Kindergarten
Handwriting: students will practice proper letter formation. Tall letters must touch the top (strawberry) line and the bottom (chocolate) line; short letters must touch the middle (vanilla) line and the bottom (chocolate) line; "linebreakers" must touch the middle (vanilla) line and go through the bottom (chocolate) line. (Strawberry, Vanilla and Chocolate describe the lines on the Superkids "ice cream" paper. You will see a lot of these papers coming home during the year as students practice their letters/handwriting, sight words and sentences.) One of the concepts students will learn is how "Magic C" can turn into an o, then into an a, then into a g. Change "Magic C" into a lower case d. And don't forget lower case q!
End of the Year Goal for Handwriting:
Students will be able to write all upper and lower case letters by the end of Kindergarten
Writing: The goal is for students to learn the characteristics of a sentence. Students will practice this concept each morning as they read the morning message. Students will participate in journal writing, writing projects, and writing letters / messages
End of the year Goal for Writing:
Students will be able to write a complete sentence using proper conventions.
Reading Groups: leveled groups to address your child's individual needs, usually beginning in February or March in conjuction with The Superkids Club.* Students are encouraged to begin with sight word recognition. (Please see more information under the Sight Words tab on the main page.)
*Please note: varies each year depending on students' needs
Math: GoMath!: Students learn many valuable math skills from the beginning of the year, (number recognition and counting), all the way through to the end of the year, (addition/subtraction and 3D shapes).
The End of the Year Goals for Math:
Writing numbers: students will be able to write numbers up to 30 from memory, but are encouraged to write numbers up to 100.
Number recognition: we encourage students to recognize numbers up to 100
Counting: students will be able to count to 100 by 1's and 10's. (Students will be introduced to counting by 2's and 5's, as well.)
Social Studies (TCI Program): learning about our families; our country and the Pledge of Allegiance; problem solving and conflict resolution; rules & laws, holidays/traditions, and neighborhoods.
Science (Mystery Science Program) Plus lots of fun experiments! There are so many fun concepts to explore with this program from animal habitats to weather. Also, at the end of the year, students will learn a lot about the rainforests of the world, as well as all the amazing animals and plant species that live there!
Health: making friends, general health & wellness, families, nutrition, strangers, and many more concepts!
Keep washing those hands! (20 seconds!!)