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What will your kindergartner learn this year?. Professional Things about Mrs. Haver Experience: Teacher for 26 years: 23 years teaching special education.

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1 What will your kindergartner learn this year?

2 Professional Things about Mrs. Haver Experience: Teacher for 26 years: 23 years teaching special education preschool 4 years teaching kindergarten National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) since 2006 Education: BA in Special Education (Seattle Pacific University) MEd. in Early Childhood Special Education (University of Washington)

3 Personal things about Mrs. Haver Married; daughter a sophomore at Seattle University, son who is a high school junior at Hazen High Second year teaching kindergarten at Kennydale Like to travel, hike, cook and read

4 Classroom Staff Miss Mary Mrs. L Mrs. Lytle Tiffany (speech therapist) Jamie (occupational therapist) Janeen (physical therapist)

5 Balanced Literacy Daily 5 Read to Self Listen to Reading Read to Someone Else Work on Writing Word Work Comprehension Toolkit Zoo Phonics & Reading Street Assessment One-on-one test (Dibels) done in September, January, and May Alphabet names/sounds 3 x per year Daily observations and ongoing assessments

6 Writer’s Workshop Writing every day Writing is pictures, scribble writing and words Building stamina for longer periods of time Peer feedback on writing Meeting with each child to look at writing

7 Handwriting Handwriting Without Tears Correct alignment: Head line Belt line Foot line Pencil Grip

8 Math Workshop Whole group instruction Alignment with new WA State Common Core Standards Hands-on experiences Connect hands-on experiences to the abstract (worksheets) Apply previous learning to new learning Small group practice Emphasis on: not only “doing the math,” but also applying the math communicating clearly (sharing strategies) using math vocabulary Whole group discussion (after small group practice) “How did YOU figure it out?” “What other ways could you have figured it out?” “How do we use this in our real lives?”

9 Science Workshop Hands-on experiences: Earth Science (Wood and Paper) Life Science (Trees, Animals 2 x 2) Emphasis on: Observational science (using 5 senses) Inquiry and experimentation Scientific writing (journals) Diagrams and labeling Comparing and Contrasting Accurate observations

10 Social Studies Importance of “the community” (our classroom) PAWS Second Step (social skills curriculum) Character Traits Center Time Lots of opportunities to practice social skills!

11 Health and Fitness Students go to P.E. twice a week with a P.E. teacher Students learn skills that build to more formalized sports skills Emphasis on: Building fitness and good lifelong habits Learning and remembering rules of group games Cooperation and taking turns Team work “Being a good winner and a good ‘loser’ ” Importance of washing hands, coughing/sneezing into their arm (not their hand!)

12 Discipline and Guidance I believe in “Catching Students Being Good!” Visual chart so students can monitor their own behavior Emphasis on recognizing: Everyone makes mistakes We learn from our mistakes We try not to repeat our mistakes Incentives and consequences: Stickers, awards, verbal praise, privileges Logical consequences (If you hurt someone’s feelings, you need to figure out a way to help that child feel better)

13 Resources Book Orders https://orders.scholastic.com/MG7LB Let’s Find Out Magazine Password: wormdonut691

14 Other matters… Birthdays The last Friday of the month will be a group birthday party. Homework Starts in November Purpose? To help your child follow deadlines Will be sent home the first day of the week It is due the next Monday Volunteer opportunities In-class (mostly need help during any part of Literacy Workshop, M-Th, 9:30-10:15 or 10:30-11:15) Questions?


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