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 Mrs. Flaherty's Kindergarten Website

My name is Vicky Flaherty and I am happy to welcome you and your child to Kindergarten!  I am looking forward to a wonderful school year full of exciting opportunities for your child to learn and grow.  I hope to get to know each and every one of you so that we can work together to help your child reach his or her greatest potential.  Mrs. Gaumond is our classroom aide in the morning from 9:00 - 10:25.

"You can teach a student a lesson for a day, but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives."  -Clay P. Bedford   

Kindergarten Readiness

Here are some things you can work on to ensure that your child

has a successful transition in Kindergarten:

Read to your child daily.  Visit the public library.

Help your child practice writing his/her name with proper letter formation.

Show your child how to use scissors.

Help your child learn how to tie shoes and to use buttons and zippers independently.

Encourage your child to follow directions, such as cleaning up, sharing, and helping others.

Talk to your child about his/her coming to kindergarten and discuss any fears or concerns.

 


 

WEBSITES 
  I have created a child-friendly collection of websites with
 interactive activities to support kindergarteners at http://tokinderteacher.wikispaces.com
The resources here include tutorials, interactive edugames, and videos.
This site allows the students to easily access appropriate websites.

 
SEPTEMBER
  Out on a Limb - A guide to getting along

 

Sometimes the right book is all it takes to nurture a child's love of reading.  And ordering online at www.scholastic.com/bookclubs makes it easier than ever to find that just-right book for your child.  You can also browse an expanded collection of carefully selected titles for your child online.

When you place your order online you'll help earn Free books for our class.

On the parent page, click "Register".  You can set up your own name and password. Our class activation code is L6XCT. Then, select the books you would like to order.  Submit your online order to me. Secure checkout - pay by credit card or debit card.  I only see the books you order and do not see the credit card info.  Books are shipped to the classroom.

Parents may also put orders and checks made out to Scholastic Book Clubs in an envelope with the child's name on it and send it to school by due date.

 
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Literactive is the leading provider of reading material for pre-school, kindergarten and grade 1 students available online. The program is comprised of carefully levelled guided readers, comprehensive phonic activities and a wealth of supplemental reading material which gradually develop a child's reading skills in a sequential and enjoyable manner. Developed and approved by teachers and parents across the United States.  Literactive is the acknowledged leader in early learning online. All the material is available for free from this site but you need to register. 
The Road to Reading
Literactive's phonics reading program - The Road to Reading - is now available online. The program takes the early learner on an interactive journey of exploration and learning. Starting with initial nursery rhymes, it moves through pre-reading activities, alphabet awareness, letter sounds, short vowels, CVC word blending, initial blends, long vowels and all the phonic activities critical for developing early reading skills.  The entire program can be accessed by early learners of any age - just follow the road maps and click to play. It's easy to navigate and fun to learn. 
 
Guided Reading  
Each guided reader is fully animated to engage your child's attention. A complete phonemic and syllabic breakdown of every word in the stories is provided enabling each child to decode the written text working alone or in small classroom groups. 
     

 

  Listen while someone else is talking.

  Keep your hands and feet to yourself. 

  Be nice through your words and actions.

Use your inside voice.

  Clean up after yourself. 

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 The homework assignments will vary and will be sent home in your child's homework folder.

Please download the brochure:  Helping Your Child Learn to Read:  A Parent Guide:  Preschool Through Grade 3 

http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/pubs/Documents/PRFbrochure.pdf

What is Fundations

Teachers incorporate a 30-minute daily Fundations lesson into their language arts classroom instruction. Fundations lessons focus on carefully sequenced skills that include print knowledge, alphabet awareness, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, fluency, and spelling. Critical thinking, speaking and listening skills are practiced during storytime activities. 

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Dreambox access 24/7 at school and at home.   

 

 Open Circle’s programming focuses on two
goals: strengthening students’ skills related to
self-awareness, self-management, social awareness,
interpersonal relationships and problem-solving; and
fostering safe, caring and highly-engaging classroom
and school communities.

 
 

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 Read, read, read to your child every day. Snuggle in bed with books at night. Read favorite predictable books over and over again until your child has memorized and can "magically read" the entire book.  Read information picture books to expand your child's world.  Reading with Your Child at Home 

Alternative Reading Techniques you can try with your child:   
Echo Reading involves you reading one line of a story and your child repeating the same line after you have read. Increase the number of lines read at one time as the child's reading improves. Ask your child to follow the story with their finger to be sure he/she is looking at the words. Let your child read first with easy materials.  

 Choral Reading involves a story that your child has read before or that is easy for him/her to read. Read the text together. Lead the reading by using expression and appropriate pacing.   

Reader's Theatre is a read-aloud activity. Roles are distributed and each person reads when his/her character speaks. This should be done with easy reading materials for your child that includes conversation

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 Partner Reading involves sharing reading. You read a sentence or half the page, and ask your child to read one sentence or half the page. As reading improves each partner can read an entire page or section.

  

 Taped Stories provide good samples for listening to fluent reading. Parents could tape themselves as they read a book to their child. When using a taped story have the child follow the text with his/her finger or read along to help with fluency. Have children tape their own stories and evaluate their reading for fluency.

 

Repeated Reading involves your child in reading books or stories more than once in the same week. You could also tape record your child reading orally, before and after you begin this activity - to demonstrate progress made.

 
READING TOGETHER
You and your child read the words our loud together. Make your speed as fast or as slow as your child's.  If your child struggles with a word and then gets it right, show  that you are pleased. Never let your child struggle for more than 5 seconds. If your child struggles for too long or gets a word wrong, then: Just say the right word yourself, and make sure that your child repeats it properly.
 
  

 

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 COMMUNICATION:  My "eyes" (send a written note or e-mail me) and "ears" (talk with me after class or call my voice mail)  and my "heart" is always OPEN to YOU and your child because I care for your little one.


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 Hathaway Class Schedule

8:45 - 9:00 Arrival/Open Circle

9:00 - 10:30 Literacy

10:30 - 10:45 Discovery Centers 

10:45 - 11:30 Recess/Lunch

11:30 - 12:15 Writing  

12:15 - 1:15 Math

1:15 - 3:00 Social Studies, Science,

Discovery Centers & Intervention 

Unified Arts    

Monday - Art 1:30 - 2:15 

Tuesday - PE 12:45 - 1:30

Wednesday - Library  12:45 - 1:30

Thursday - Computer Lab 1:30 - 2:15

Friday - Music 12:45 - 1:30