Welcome to Tyler Kindergarten class of 2016-17 Smarty Cats! classroom and webpage. I am just now figuring out our new webpages program. As I learn more, I will continue to add information. Please don't hesitate to email me for any time that I can be of help. I find email works really well.
Please be sure to label your child's clothing and water bottles. Keep snack and lunch separate and be sure we can tell which is which. If your child sends in money, be sure it is labeled with your child's name and teacher's name and purpose of the money.
Help your child find success in school by discussing daily with your child the purpose of school and your expectations of your child's behavior choices.
Scholastic flyers: Please order your books on the internet. The books come to the classroom for your child. It is always such a great surprise for your child when they arrive.
If you would like to join the Tyler Watch D.O.G.S program, let me know or call the office.
Please be sure your child comes to school with fresh water and a snack everyday.
Reading with a parent for 30 minutes every day and practicing counting to 100 - should simply be a part of your daily life as a kindergartner!
By working at home on your studies everyday with an adult paying attention and listening and guiding, a child learns that education is a part of their family's world and way of life. The child learns that it is valued and that it is expected for them to care about their learning. And this helps the child to grow to be responsible for their learning.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can help further in any way.
Thank you for all the support you are giving your child at home. When they have read or studied at home, we see the difference in the classroom. Students are more confident and behave as though they understand why they are here. Students enjoy being up to the task and feel good about success. I wanted to be sure to let all the parents in my classroom know that their help at home is making a difference and very noticed at school! Please contact me for ways to help you help your child, resources, or just to know areas that your child could use support in whether this be reinforcing or enriching.
Students will be assessed on alphabet letter knowledge of both upper and lower case letters this coming December. Please help your child at home. Include helping them learn the sounds the letters make while learning the letter names. Please contact me if you need resources or ideas. I have been sending home worksheets to help parents support students at home for those who still need to learn their letters and letter sounds. Please have your child bring back in completed work for stickers, praise, and to see their paper on the wall or to take back home to share with you proudly!
Label lunch boxes, waters and jackets when we wear them with student's name with a sharpie on the tag of their sweater or jacket, etc.
Help the PTO to help your child's school by participating in the events they put on.
I am adding recommended websites. Be sure to check!
I have kept some of my old messages up because they can still be helpful to you.
I am truly enjoying getting to know all the students in my class! They amaze me everyday! I have gotten so many comments from other teacher as we walk in line through the hallway here at Tyler that my class is so well behaved and good at learning the rules!
If you have any questions, please let me know by emailing me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please be sure you have signed up for our class webpage. Also be sure to sign up for the parent portal to view student grades. If you are not getting my daily emails, please let me know. I will only send daily emails in the first couple weeks.
Keep in mind that attendance needs to be regular and consistent. Kindergarten is not what it used to be. It is rigorous and full of learning. Students do not only learn how to be students but are expected to master learning objectives that were once saved for first grade. Students are graded and tested and taught the value of quality student skills and coming to school to learn as ways to find success. Students are encouraged to work hard and practice skills and gain mastery. Students respond very positively and do an excellent job. So, home needs to support their attempts by keeping school a priority.
Keep students current on their nightly reading. At this point, you may be the one doing the reading. Have your child point to the words while you read them. Discuss the story together. Do not allow a night to pass without attention to reading goals. This will help to establish good study habits right away. Keep it fun!
Questions to consider:
Am I reading everyday with my child?
Please help your child to spell both their first and last name, know all the letters of the alphabet- upper and lower case, and their corresponding sounds.
In math, we are learning to count to 20 right now.
If your child finds this easy or even if your child struggles with these skills, please to continue to help them practice - a little bit with them everyday in a fun way!
If your child's transportation needs change for any reason, be sure to always send in a signed note for the office.
Remember to send your child to school knowing what to order for lunch or with a packed lunch. Include a fresh water or cup to get water with and a snack other than what is in their lunch.
If you have not been getting my parent group-email news letters, then I don't have your email.
IF any of your contact information changes, please be sure to notify the school so that we may keep in touch and keep you informed.
Vision: We will be smarty-cats learning new things and getting good at reading, science, writing, math, and art.
Mission:We will work on raising our hands,
and being able to focus and pay attention longer.
We will listen to our teacher and work hard to do our very best!
~ How will we know?
We will earn Gold medals!
We will learn our alphabet!
We will write good sentences!
We will know our numbers to 100 this year!
Please help your child practice the days of the week, the months of the year, and with practicing saying the alphabet. Count with your child. And have a positive attitude towards school with your child. Your child will be looked after and loved here at Tyler while learning all there is to know in Kindergarten.
And as always:
Please remember to be sure to communicate with me whenever, period. . . I always have time for you!
We are "Smarty-Cats" and we love to learn!
"Whenever an adult reads to a child, three important things are happening simultaneously and painlessly: (1) a pleasure connection is being made between child and book, (2) both parent and child are learning something from the book they’re sharing, and (3) the adult is pouring sounds and syllables called words into the child’s ear." From "The Read Aloud Handbook" by Jim Trelease
What you can do at home to help
Please be sure your child reads with you or is read to everyday. Your child should also read to you for part of the time. Have your child read with you or listen to you read to them for 20 to 30 minutes to you with your undivided attention. Then, in an enjoyable way, discuss briefly about what was read. Don't do it like a quiz. Do it like a little conversation. Go over your child's sight words list when these begin everyday. Make sure your child knows the alphabet and can recognize his or her name. Students will learn to recognize numbers to 100 this year but right now we are counting to 20 - up and down. Students will need to be able to identify the missing number in a series of numbers up to 30. We are just now beginning to learn these math objectives for this marking period 1 - this is not something they need to know right now. We are in the process of learning and this information is to help you to help your child at home. Please always contact me with any questions, concerns, or any other way I can help your child have a fantastic and successful kindergarten year at Tyler!