During the morning/afternoon meeting the children are given the opportunity to say the Pledge of Allegiance, work with the calendar, take attendance with our attendance stick, discuss our “I can” statements for the day, and celebrate the Star Student of the Day. This is a great opportunity for the children to practice learning to take turns and listening to their friends!
The children will read a message from their teacher. The morning/afternoon message provides opportunities for teachers and students to share the pen and discuss new vocabulary words like jubilant, anxious, and exhausted.
"HANDWRITING WITHOUT TEARS"
Handwriting Without Tears was developed by Jan Olsen an Occupational Therapist who is still treating children today!
Handwriting Without Tears is a developmentally based curriculum for printing. The goal of this unique Occupational Therapy program is to make handwriting a natural and automatic skill while meeting the needs of all learning styles - visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic. Handwriting Without Tears uses a child-friendly and consistent language to form the capital and lowercase letters. Most importantly, there are NO TEARS!
The children have the opportunity to “build” capital letters with wood pieces and reinforce the letters by using “Wet, Dry, Try”! After completing the capital letters we will begin learning the lowercase letters.
READING AND LANGUAGE ARTS
This Reading and Language Arts program focuses on the ability to help children attend to, learn about, and efficiently use information about letters, sounds, and words.
Eight Categories of Reading and Language Arts Learning for a Kindergarten child:
- Early Literacy Concepts: Developed through early reading and writing experiences. This area helps children to understand the concept of letters and words. Children learn the directionality of print.
- Phonemic Awareness: Phonemic Awareness is the understanding that words are made up of sounds. This guides the children towards segmenting and blending words. The extent of a child’s phonemic awareness when he or she enters Kindergarten is one of the best predictors of how well he or she will learn to read.
- Letter Knowledge: The children learn that there are many different letters in the alphabet and each letter has a different name. The children will look for similarities and difference among the capital/lowercase letters. Kindergarten children are expected to rapidly name all of the capital/lowercase letters by the end of the Kindergarten year.
- Letter Sound Relationships: The children will be listening and producing the sounds of the consonants and vowels in the alphabet. The children will be producing the letter sounds in various ways in the classroom. This also includes the writing process. Kindergarten children are expected to master all the letter sounds by the end of the Kindergarten year.
- Spelling Patterns: The children will look for patterns in frequently spelled words. Children will learn the first strategies for decoding new words. This has children writing efficiently and accessing LOTS of words.
- High Frequency Words: Through shared, interactive, and guided writing, daily lessons will include a list of high frequency words commonly found in print. This will help the children to develop a core of words that will have the children reading and writing fluently.
- Word Meaning: The children will learn the meaning of words as they learn to read and write. We will help the children to develop a more complex understanding of words they already know.
- Word-Solving Actions: The children will use a variety of word-solving strategies to decode words when reading or writing text.
By: Dr. Isabel L. Beck and Dr. Margaret G. McKeown
Text Talk enhances young children’s ability to comprehend language and vocabulary, and talk about ideas, events, and characters presented through books that read aloud in class. The questions posed by the teacher are open-ended and enhance a better comprehension of the story,language development and better word meaning. The words discussed within each text are rich and sophisticated for learners.
The children will have the opportunity to visit Literacy Stations three times during the school week. The children will engage in 30 minutes of customized iteracy instruction with the support of a reading specialist. The daily literacy stations are designed to support all learners at their reading level. We customize learning for all children at this time. The children are working independently, in cooperative learning groups, or with the teacher for small group instruction.
The Literacy Stations may include: Phonemic and Phonological Awareness activities to build reading readiness skills, word building, and reading at instructional levels.
Our math program is by Investigations.
Throughout the math program we use a variety of manipulatives and hands on activities to teach new mathematical concepts. Our math program focuses on building number sense and geometry. Through these skills, we also explore measurement, numeral recognition 1-20 and oral counting to 100. The children will engage in a Math Workshop four days a week. The Math Specialist and Kindergarten teachers will be keeping observation logs of your child's performance.
We will be sending home your child's Investigation Activity sheet when they have completed the workshop activity. These pages are not completed during every math investigation. Please review the pages with your child when they come home in their take home folder.
ASSET: Allegheny Schools Science and Educational Technology
ASSET is an investigation; inquiry based instructional approach with lots of hands-on involvement.
We will study two ASSET units:
- Push, Pull, Go!
The kindergarten Social Studies curriculum allows children to use hands on materials throughout their study to expand their experience and thinking around each topic through guiding questions. Throughout the year we will learn about current events with our Weekly Reader magazines. We will also work on a variety of units such as:
- My New School
- Community Helpers
- The U.S. Symbols
- Native Americans
- From Farm to Table
- Tracking time with a timeline
We are also excited about our Harcourt Health and Fitness program. Throughout the school year our students will be introduced to various units that help to instill good health and hygiene practices.
OLWEUS BULLYING PREVENTION PROGRAM
We are proud to take a stand against bullying at Streams Elementary School. We follow the OLWEUS Bullying Prevention Program.
We teach the children that bullying is when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending him/herself.
The kindergarten classes have bi-weekly class meetings to discuss appropriate peer interactions. These meetings are a safe place to share feelings and ask questions.
Feel free to call or email us with any questions that you may have regarding your child and our Kindergarten curriculum and classroom routines.