Welcome to Kindergarten

There is a wonderful sense of home when you walk through the front doors of Samsula Academy. We deeply believe that your child will find our school to be a warm and friendly place. We are very proud to be a part of the Samsula Academy School family. Once you have opened those doors you are a member of our family too.

We wish to welcome you to Kindergarten. Kindergarten is a new and exciting time for you and your child. It’s a time of change… new beginnings, new friends, new challenges and exciting discoveries! We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation for allowing us to be a part of your child’s life during this precious time of growth and discovery!

This is our honor to welcome you and your child into Kindergarten and into… our life. We will do our best to make this year in Kindergarten enjoyable but also filled with academics. Our motto is: “The seeds we plant today will blossom into a flower tomorrow.” It will be our pleasure and privilege to watch your child’s personality and learning abilities blossom and unfold day by day.

We run a very effective classroom which is well structured but allows for fun and growth. We hold high expectations for all my students. Furthermore, we strongly believe in differentiated instruction. Research reveals that all students learn differently. Therefore, we plan my lessons to meet the needs of all students. It will be our honor to expand the growing minds of tomorrow and encourage them to become the great leaders of the new generation.

You will find very useful information on this blog. I will update it with events that are happening in our classroom, student work, and other related events. If you have any questions, you may contact us at cgibbs@readingedgeacademy.org or sbowden@readingedgeacademy.org

-Mr. Christopher Gibbs, M.Ed
-Mrs. Shannon Bowden

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Bears, and Open House!

Monday marked our 20th day of school, and what does that mean??
Well, it means it was our 2nd Zero the Hero day!!!!!

Now, what did we learn in the week marking our 20th day?? You would be so proud of what we learned!

We learned how to count by 5's to 20 by using goldfish crackers. What a yummy way to learn to count! By the end of year we will learn to count by 5's to 100.

This week in reading we reviewed our sight words. We didn't add any new words, just focused on the ones we have learned up until this week. Starting Monday we will be adding new ones. Continue practicing the old and new words nightly.

Your kindergartner is starting to use their sounds to blend words. You would be amazed at how far our kindergartners have come. We are so proud of them. They are actually reading sentences using both their sight words and letter sound knowledge.

At this point, your kindergartner should know the following letters and sounds: M,m, A,a, S,s, P,p,Tt, Ii, Nn, Cc

In writing this week, our kindergartners are writing 3 sentences! We worked on our handwriting skills. Our sentences looked beautiful! Now that they have practiced and learned what their top line, mid-line and base line are, those sentences have never looked better! Keep practicing at home.

In math, we learned how to sort by color, kind, size, and shape. Review these concepts with your kindergartner. Next week, we will review all learned math concepts.

This week we also learned about our Five Senses. If you ask your kindergartner they should be able to identify the body part associated with each sense.

Our theme for the week was... Bears! We read stories about bears and our crafts were based on bears. We made bears, Mr. Gibbs laced a bear and the overalls of Corduroy the Bear. Mrs. Bowden's class laced the button of Corduroy's overalls.

Next week will begin our "team teaching" Mr. Gibbs and Mrs. Bowden will be splitting their classes from 8:30 to 11:00 during reading and reading stations. We are so excited about this. We think the kindergarteners will benefit and enjoy having each teacher.

Also, next week, We will honor Johnny Appleseed. It is Johnny Appleseeds Birthday!
We will read stories about apples and Johnny Appleseed. We will also learn about the season's while completing several apple crafts. We will even be making our own applesauce on Friday! Please send in one (or more) apples with your child on any given day this week.

Open House was such a great success, and we enjoyed seeing each of our kindergartner families there. Sharing our classrooms and what activities we have done so far this school year was so much fun. We hope you enjoyed it( and the scavenger hunt!)and enjoyed getting a glimpse of what your child is doing day to day.

Next week we will focus on Ff and Oo. Our sight words are: in, is, it, jump, little. We will also learn about homes and begin creating our own classroom community called "Gibbstown." We have a busy week planned!

Just a reminder, we have a Field Trip coming up. You should of found the permission slip in your kindergartners backpack. Please return all permission slips and money, as soon as possible. We are excited about our first kindergarten field trip!

Looking foward to another successful week,

Mr. Gibbs and Mrs. Bowden

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