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

Thursday, October 14, 2010

If you give a kid a book...

If you give a kid a book...

You'll be amazed at how much they can read! Wow! I was so proud this week when several students from Mr. Gibbs and Mrs. Bowden's class began reading basic sentences for the first time. Watching a child discover how to read is truly an amazing experience. I hope you take the time to read to or with your child each and every night. I am so proud of them all! We just ended a short week in kindergarten. Below is a summary of our experiences:

In reading, we learned the letters Ll and Bb. We also learned the sounds of /l/ and /b/. We are doing a great job at blending basic words that contain all of our previously learned sounds. We also learned the sight words: see, three, two, to, the. In addition, we also learned the words like and have. Next week is our last set of Preprimer sight words. Remember to review the Book-In-A-Bag nightly with your child. It is very important that they mastery all 40 words by the end of October. In November, we will move on to the next set of words. Can your child read this?: (I bet he/she can)

I am Sam. I can jump down and run away. I like my little cat. Can you help me find it? It is in here! Look! I see three!

You will be amazed to know how many silly sentences you can create with sight words that your child can read! This would be a fun activity you can do with your child to help remember previously learned words.

We are becoming great writers. This week, we were asked to write at least three sentences alone with no help. We about ourselves, what we like, and what we can do. Students are doing very well with this but extra practice at home would be very helpful. Writing is a difficult subject for a child to master. So, practice is key.

In math, we created and extended basic patterns. We also learned how to recognize and write numbers to 30. We also celebrated the 40th day of school. We will review all math concepts this upcoming week.

We learned about helpers in our community this week. We also dressed up as a community helper on Thursday!

During our workshops, we completed several activities about Christopher Columbus. We also read a book called, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," and completed several crafts for that unit. Next week, we will be going to see the performance on Wednesday (look for a note in your childs folder on Monday).

On Thursday we had Community Helper Day. Our kindergartners did such a great job dressing up as their favorite Community Helper. We had a couple fire fighters, a mail carrier, a vet or two...... all kinds of helpers of our community!

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We had two birthday's this week. Lily Tracey turned 6, and we celebrated her special day with cupcakes. Happy Birthday Lily!!!!

Who's the Second Birthday you ask? Well.. That would be Mr. Bradley Alexander Gibbs of course. Who made his way into the world Sunday, October 17, 2010. Weighing in at 6pounds 14 ounces and 19 and a half inches long! Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs!!!
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Mr. Gibbs

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