Kindergarten Readiness

SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL
Identifies self as a boy or girl
Knows their own first and last name
Knows parent’s first and last name
Knows address
Identifies age
Demonstrates independence in personal care (washing hands, dressing, bathroom use)
Works alone and in small groups
LANGUAGE
Speaks in complete sentences most of the time
Understands and follows directions with at least two steps
Understands vocabulary related to position, direction, size and comparison
(over, under, through, first, last, big, little, like, different)
LEARNING AND COGNITION
Matches two like pictures in a set of five pictures
Classifies (same/different) objects by physical features including shape, color and size
Correctly puts in order up to three story pictures
Retells a simple story after listening to a story with pictures
Completes simple puzzles (4-6 pieces)
Identifies at least five colors
MATHEMATICS
Counts to 20
Understands concepts of more or less, adding to or taking away from
Matches a number (0-5) to a group with that number of objects
Recognizes, copies or repeats simple patterning sequence (AB patterns)
PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
Demonstrates the ability to:
Hop
Jump
Run
Catch and bounce a large ball
Stand on one foot and balance
Copies figures such as:
Circle +
Straight line Square
X Triangle
Draws a person with a body, head, arms and legs
PHONOLOGICAL AWARENESS AND PRINT KNOWLEDGE
Recognizes own name in print
Recognizes letters in own name
Writes first with the first letter capitalized and the rest in lower case
Identifies two words that rhyme
Identifies most letters in the alphabet
Knows the sound or sounds of most letters in the alphabet
Holds crayons, pencils and markers correctly
Uses scissors correctlyABC’s of Kindergarten
A Attendance
School begins at 8:30 a.m. and is dismissed at 12:15 p.m.
B Busy Bees
Busy Bees are classroom helpers. This fosters responsibility and a sense of self-pride.
C Caring
Students learn to care for others.
D Discipline
The approach I use in my classroom is an effective one that promotes good listening skills. Each student has a bee. All the bees are in the beehive. Next to the beehive are 3 colors. Yellow is a warning, blue is a time out, and red is a note and phone call home. If a child misbehaves, the bee will move into a color range.
E Early Years
The early years of childhood are an age of discovery and growth. We need to give our children the opportunity to learn more about the world they live in. They need the security that they are loved and the affection and assurance that they are valued.
F Faith
Jesus My Friend and Voyages are the textbooks we use in our Christian Education. Your children will be introduced to the most basic concepts of the Christian faith. They will learn about prayer worship on a weekly basis and attend Chapel every Wednesday.
G Gold Folder
Communication between home and Kindergarten is your child’s success in the classroom. To keep you informed and aware of what we are doing, I plan to send home a folder with papers your child has completed every Friday. My weekly parent letter will also be enclosed. This sheet will keep you informed about what your child will be learning the next week.
H Handwriting
God Made Our World is the handwriting textbook we use in class.
I Individualism
We have a 1 to 12 ratio in our Kindergarten Class.
J Journal Writing
Each week the Kindergartners illustrate the letter of the week that we are studying in a journal.
K Kindergarten
When I think of Kindergarten I think of the word unique. Kindergarten is incomparable to any of the elementary grades. In many instances this is the first time a child may be in a class. It is the foundation for educational success; like a house that does not have a strong foundation it will crumble and fall. As a child who does not enjoy school and have that thirst for knowledge at an early age, he or she may not enjoy school in the future. It is my goal to provide an educational and stimulating environment where a child has that love of learning!
L Literature Books
Your child will be exposed to many interesting books. ABC’s of Kindergarten continued
11/13/2008
M Math
We will be using  Math Their Way and  Scott Foresman California  mathematics. This method stresses real life mathematical experiences. Concepts covered over the year are patterning, sorting and classifying, addition and subtraction, graphing, geometry, and problem solving.
N Needs
Each family is asked to do 30 parent participation hours per year.
O Opportunity
Your Child will have the opportunity to work in centers with their peers in a samll group setting. I feel centers are beneficial to the student because it promotes good decision making skills, responsibility, and the opportunity for plenty of active play.
P P.E.
Our Physical Education program is a perceptual motor program. The main areas of this program concentrate on balance skills, locomotion skills, eye-hand coordination, and body space.
Q Quiet Time
Students who stay after 12:15 p.m. in the afternoon are required to lie down every day from 1:30- 3:00.
R Reading
In Kindergarten, our program is a unique and innovative pre-reading program that combines both Phonics and Whole Language. Through visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile experiences, children are introduced to each letter of the alphabet. Students are immersed in songs, stories, poems, and nursery rhymes. They are involved in the whole learning process!
S Show-N-Tell
Show-N-Tell is every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of the week. Your child is to bring an item from home that begins with the letter of the week. The purpose of Show-N-Tell is to increase your child’s oral language skills as well as to help develop a positive self-image.
T Teacher
My name is Dawn Storm
U Unconditional love!
V Verses
Each month your child will have a memory verse from the Bible to memorize.
W World
Our Social Studies program is from Houghton Mifflin.
X X-citement
Y Traditional calendar school year
Z Zowie!!!!!

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