Behavior is one of the most important elements of the school day. If behavior is out of control, then learning is not possible. I use a 5 step method in my classroom. The steps are as follows:
- Everyone begins with a smile :o)
- “Uh Oh” face (10 minutes time out — recess or fun activity)
- Sad face (20 minutes time out — recess or fun activity and call to parent)
I don't believe in a child's day being “over” because of poor choices so I allow students to move up and down during the day. For example, if a student made very poor choices in the morning, but had worked hard and tried his or her best for the afternoon, they can “redeem” themselves from their sad face and end the day with a smile.
Students who have earned all smiles at the end of the week will get to choose a small treat on Friday.
At the end of each month, a progress report will go home to you and a copy should be signed and returned to school.
Please place any money that is coming to school in an
- Child's first and last name
- Teacher's name
- Amount enclosed
- Purpose of money (field trip, book order, fund raiser, etc.)
In kindergarten, students do not receive a "letter" grade. Students are required to master certain objectives before they can be promoted to first grade. Among these objectives are knowledge of:
- letter names
- letter sounds
- several sight words
- phonetic spelling
- counting to 20
- numeral identification
Other factors include work habits and maturity. In my classroom, you will receive information throughout the year in the form of test scores and your child's school work. We will also make time during the year to meet and discuss progress and set goals together.
The most important work habit in our classroom is that we all "do our best".
Your child will be bringing homework home beginning on the 3rd week of school (September 18th). The purpose of any homework sent home will be to reinforce concepts already taught in the classroom. Homework will be sent home on the first day of the week and should be returned by Friday. During short weeks or before special events, your child may not have homework. Completion of weekly homework will result in a satisfactory grade on the kindergarten report card.