• Welcome to Kindergarten!

  • Read Aloud recordings: 



    Remote Learning General Information:

    We will be using SeeSaw. Please use your child's school iPad to see and complete activities.


    I sent home 2 paper SeeSaw QR codes. DO NOT USE THESE!! They are outdated and irrelevent.

    ---->Please use the individualized SeeSaw QR code/text code that I sent out Tuesday March 17th. All classes that will be tied to your child will be accessable through this new code. See the how-to video here


    Here is what you can expect for the remote learning STARTING 3/30:

    Everyday a schedule will be posted under the "remote learning" tab on the far left of this website. You will see a schedule similar to the one we have at school. There are "extra activites" peppered throughout the day. These are OPTIONAL and may be skipped. 


    When directed to specials, please see these websites below.


    Mrs. Jerik Art              https://www.antioch34.com/Page/8900

    Mrs. Amrein Music     https://il02211918.schoolwires.net/Page/8988

    Mrs.  Ryan PLTW         https://il02211918.schoolwires.net/Page/8989

    Mr. Staver PE              https://www.antioch34.com/Page/8998


    Fun extras!

    -We have been reading Magic Tree House #1- Dinosaurs Before Dark. Here is a youtube of it read aloud. We left in the middle of chapter 5. Location 12:50 of this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtd7WR6P-eQ

    -Mo Willems, famous author is posting daily doodle videos! https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/

    -Live stream of the Decorah IA eagle nest. I watch these guys every year and am going to miss sharing this time with your kinders! There are three eggs. It's great to have on in the background! https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/decorah-eagles/

    Virtual visits of zoos, museums and aquariums

    - Cincinatti Zoo. 2pm has live feeds of animals! http://cincinnatizoo.org/home-safari-resources/



    Stuff we did Prior to Remote Learning:::

    Homework: Remember, you only have to do 4 activities each week. You may choose EITHER the calendar activity OR the math homework  sent home each day. You do NOT have to do both. (If you want to?.... go for it! It can't hurt)

    Also, please keep it all together and turn it in at the END of the month altogether.


    Things to practice at home:

    Counting forwards and backwards. Playing "tell me one more than__" or "Tell me one less than___" within 10.

    Saying parts of a whole example: 3 and 2 is 5

    Counting objects

    Writing their first and last name (uppercase at beginning, the rest lowercase)

    Rhyming- Dr. Suess books are great!

    Using a keyboard to type. (finding letters in their names or letters in general)

    Letter writing- Uppercase and lowercase

    Number writing 0-20

    Saying the first, middle, and last sound of any given word (not the letter name) You could say something like " say the sounds of pan" your child would say /p/ /a/ /n/ - challenge them with four letter words or even words with letter blends (sh, ch, th)





    OO like in book AND moon

    Long a sounds---/ai/ like in pain. We also talked about the "magic e" who is silent and makes vowels say their names like in mane, cake, and jade.

    We are really practicing "chopping" words into sounds. Saying "pet" and having your child say /p/-/e/-/t/. An extension would be to have your child then write the letters in order.

    We have learned all of the letters and sounds. If your child does not konw them all  please start doing flashcards at home. Or you can use any of the things I handed out at converences.

    Syllables- clapping out words into parts ex. pa-per or mar-ker

    Rhyming words and word families

    Coming up with words that start with a specific sound.

    Letters learned so far: Ss Aa Tt, Ii, Pp, Nn, Cc, Kk, Ee, Hh, Rr, Mm, Dd, Gg, Oo, Uu, Ll, Ff, Bb, Jj, Zz, Ww, Vv, Yy, Zz, Qq

    Letters vs words vs sentences. Seeing familiar words  in other places. 


    Also, please do not over pronounce the letters. For example /t/- is a short quick sound made when your tongue touches your teeth. It is not pronouced "tuh". Or /r/ - is a sound you can hold out similar to gRRRRRR, not "ruh"


    High Frequency Words:

    These words are vital to early learning as they are seen frequently in beginner texts and often don't follow phonetic sounding out rules.

    Simply encourage your child to "find" these words everywhere! Try books, signs, magazines, junk mail etc.


    Words so far: my, is, and, a, I, the, see, me, you, we, are, can, can't, like, he, she, isn't, to, get, play, yes, no, down, go, where, by, here, saw, they look, little, went, was, what, be, good, of, make, said, put, do, have



    Books/Poems we have read this week:



      Reading comprehension:

    Visualizing- Using the words of the book to put pictures in their brains.

    Sequencing/Retelling: We are reading books and putting events in order and retelling to friends.

    Text to text connections- Comparing and contrasting different stories using a Graphic organizer

    "Ingredients to make a story": Beginning-middle-end

    Making text-to-self connections (connecting stories to their own experiences) Discussing these experiences with a partner.


    Character and Setting. Ask your child to identify these story elements while you are reading.

    Listening to stories and talking with friends about what we have read. Learning "Turn to your partner" and how to interact with eachother.

    Remember, simply reading to your child every day is the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT thing you can do to help them become a better reader. And don't forget the Non-fiction section of the library!



    Writing FACTS. This week we read "All About an Airport" and made a class list of facts about our classroom. The students had to write 2 facts about their houses/homes. See Seesaw for their writing.

    Writing MORE on a topic. 


    Ideas: Writing about things the students know a lot about. 

    What makes a quality illustration. (Careful coloring not scribbling, outline objects, 3 or more colors, fill the page, add details)

    BRAAAAAAAAAAVE SPELLING! We are rocking and rolling and starting to see students gain confidence with brave spelling!

    Writing the letters Ww, Zz, and Yy with correct letter formation.

    We are continuing to add labels to our drawings to help provide more information.

    We learned that sharing ideas helps us become better writers and illustrators.

    Your child is OFFICIALLY an AUTHOR! They made or started making their first books!

    Writing our names and tracing the alphabet. 4 star coloring.

    Writing can be done with words or pictures or a combo of both! 

    As we get started-Please encourage brave spelling!!! Have them write the sounds they hear. It's ok if they only hear one or two- encourage that!- So for example they may only write "dk" for "duck" or "trtl" for "turtle" THIS IS AMAZING! Encourage them to write instead of being upset that they can't "spell" it right.  If they are worried about misspelling words, it hinders their writing potential. Correct spelling comes through exposure and practice. Right now we want to encourage getting ideas on paper through pictures and words.



    Number Bonds! Composing/decomposing numbers. 

    This week we worked on subtraction. Taking a whole- taking some away- and seeing what is left. They also can draw a picture, number bond, and number sentence in subtraction stories.






    We finished our second module about pushes and pulls. On to weather watching! 


    Social Studies

    This we have learned about National Holidays and why we have them.


    Social Emotional:

    Problem solving S.T.E.P.; S- say the problem. T- think of solutions. E-explore consequences. P-pick the best solution. 

    Interrupting! Please help your child learn to wait for appropriate times to start conversations or ask questions when you're reading together or speaking with someone else.

    Please know that this is a HUGE part of kindergarten and I will do my best to help your child learn to appropriately act/respond in a classroom setting but this learning STARTS AT HOME! I cannot do it without you and your support. Academic learning simply doesn't happen if our kids are struggling to function in class.

    Some things to keep in mind at home that help in school:

    --Manners! "Please" and "Thank you" and "Excuse me" go a long way.

    --Patience/Waiting and realizing your child is in a class with 20 others. I will do my best to nurture your child but sometimes your child will simply have to wait their turn. 

    --Let your child experience failure and guide them through how to handle the emotions that go with it. Example- play a board game and let them lose! 

    --If we don't have anything nice to say, don't say it! (this is something learned through setting a positive example at home)

    --Be kind to each other and considering the others in our classroom when we get upset or angry. Everyone is there to learn.

    --Perseverance- when things get hard try again. (Give them hints if they need) but things are learned the best through overcoming struggles.

    --Learning to solve problems INDEPENDENTLY. This can be supported at home by simply allowing TIME for your child to think, try, and try again when there is a problem. (asking for help is also a good skill if they simply can't do it)


    Tattling vs. Reporting, VS being rude

           Bullying(REPEATED verbal or physical abuse over time) vs. Bugging (making noises etc.) vs being rude (one/limited occurances of unkind words or actions)

           We follow the STOP, WALK, TALK model to handle tough situations on our own by 1. Respectfully asking bullies or buggers to stop. 2. walking away and if those don't work.... THEN  3. Tell the teacher. We want to empower kids to solve probelms on their own... as long as no one is hurt or sick or in danger.


    Things to donate to our classroom


    small treasures/favors for the treasure box 

    Donate to our TeachersPayTeachers class fund to buy things for our class. Click here