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    kindergarten kids

    Welcome


    Kindergarten is an exciting new beginning for your child. You will be amazed at the growth your child will make in all academic areas. They will learn the routines of school and make many new friends. You will enjoy watching their confidence and independence grow.

    It will be a fun year for all!

    Ms. Franzen

     

    Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

    email: susan.franzen@district196.org
    voicemail for Mrs Franzen: 651-683-6969 ext. 92905
    Phone between 7:30-4:30-651-423-7670

    • Topic 1

      a look ahead


      abc clipartWelcome to our first month of kindergarten!  During the month of September, our Unit of Study focuses on Building Community.  The kindergartners will discuss how learning together helps us as a classroom community of learners, as a school community and in our lives.  They will also discover and practice how to grow into a respectful, responsible, independent learner, and how to grow into a contributing member in the global society.


      We begin the month with a look a colors.  We will have fun discovering together that letters make sounds and that sounds make words.  We will begin looking at concepts of print which will help us become better readers and writers.  We will learn how to use the tools that will help us learn while we practice and develop our small motor skills.  Using a pencil and scissors are tricky.  Practice at home helps strengthen this skill. 

      Finally, the kindergartners will have fun getting to know their new friends.  What a busy month!

      • Topic 3

        September Calendar
        • Topic 5

          Abc and kidsLanguage Arts
          Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, and Viewing are the major areas that fall under the title Language Arts during our Kindergarten year. Opportunities for listening to stories and then re-telling/dramatic play activities; working with text with support during Guided Reading; Independent Reading; and large group Shared Reading are given and adjusted as children's control of tasks in Reading grows.  In Writing, Kindergarten not only focuses on the names of letters and the sounds they make, or the correct handwriting formation of those letters, or acquiring a store of high-frequency words that we know how to spell, but actually using ALL of the above to write short personal narrative stories and informational content reports. Viewing in Kindergarten is connected with literature - either familiar stories or characters - that can be connected or analyzed for practice in comprehension and evaluation. Of course, a LARGE part of Kindergarten concerns Listening and Speaking...the give and take of communication, expanding vocabulary, expressing ideas clearly, following directions, and courteous and respectful behavior toward each other. The focus this month will be on understanding how the fiction story structure helps them as readers and writers.  We will focus on the questions: What Life Lesson does the author want me to learn? and Help the reader learn the lesson?More detailed information on all of these curriculum areas will come as the year progresses...it's a MAGICAL yearsmile!

          • Topic 8

            Fun With Math

            kid counting

            shape sort
            How many ways can you sort these shapes? Can you record your thinking?

            During the month of September the kindergartners will explore mathematical thinking. We will look at different tools that will help us solve problems.

            The kindergartners will begin to name, match and sort two dimensional shapes. Sorting and classifying are basic thinking skills that children use constantly to help them organize and understand their surroundings. Children first begin developing sorting and classifying skills by noticing how two objects are alike or how they are different. They use the ability to recognize attributes to organize data, select appropriate units for measurement and identify shapes in geometry.

            The kindergartners will also practice counting and comparing sets; recognize and write numerals; recognize and extend repeating patterns; and learn to read a calendar. It will be a busy first month!