Welcome to Kindergarten! This is my 14th year at Decatur and my 11th year as the kindergarten teacher. I received my Bachelors’ degree from Northeastern Illinois University and my Masters’ degree from Concordia University. When I am not teaching, my four children and large extended family keep me very busy!
At Decatur, we ask our students to endure challenges, be present, and take care of each other. We are creating a classroom community where we will take chances, make mistakes, have fun and learn with and from each other.
I will send out a weekly email to you with the highlights from the week and any notices of upcoming tests or other important dates.This information will also be found here on our classroom page. Email is the fastest and most reliable way to communicate with me throughout the school year. I will get back to you during the week within 48 hours. You can also send a note in your child’s Take-Home Folder.
September 15, 2017
Wow! We did it! We’ve made it through our first full week of school.
Kindergarten is a big transition and the children are getting better each day!
Our first full week went well! We are still learning and reviewing school rules and classroom procedures, but we are getting a lot more learning in than last week.
We are working on so many new things! Our calendar/morning meeting routine is starting to get established. The children were super excited to get their jobs. Some jobs are more exciting than others, but not to worry, they change each week! Ask your child what his or her job was!
In math, we have been busy reviewing kindergarten math skills before we jump into our first grade curriculum. We have been counting and writing our number 0-20, representing numbers in different ways, and putting them together with hands on activities.
In reading, we dug deep into Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin and John Archambault. We made predictions, retold the story, connected the story to ourselves, came up with interesting solutions to the problem, and gave our opinions about the story. This was a great first full-week activity!
Here’s one activity we did this week. The letters had a problem. They kept getting hurt. Here are just a few of the excellent solutions the children came up with!
In science, we have started to look at our five senses and why they are important. If you get a chance this weekend, go for a senses walk. Ask your child to pay attention to their senses. Have them close their eyes, what do they hear, what do they smell? Touch the grass or tree bark, how does it feel? Have fun!
We have also spent time as a class and as a school going over the school rules: Endure Challenges, Be Present, and Be Kind to Each Other. Thursday we had a school tour where expectations were describe and demonstrated. We will continue to explore what those rules and expectation look like in the classroom.
Meet Goldeen, our classroom pet. The children love to spend time looking for him and watching him swim around.
If you haven’t done so already, please be sure to fill out the important forms on our school’s website. www.decaturclassical.org
Important upcoming dates:
9/18 Decatur Curriculum Night 6-7:30
9/18-9/22 Scholastic Book Fair
10/4 Picture Day
10/9 Columbus Day-No School
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