Mrs. Erica Alvarez
Kindergarten Syllabus for 2015/2016
Welcome Hitch Families! I am excited to be your child’s kindergarten teacher this year. I believe kindergarten is such an important year to lay a strong foundation for your child’s success in school. This year will be an exciting and educational year for your child and I am glad I get to share it with them. I think kindergarten is a critical time for academic and social growth. In kindergarten, students begin to learn and use English conventions in their writing activities, when speaking, and when asking and answering questions about the stories and informational texts they read or hear. Reading is the key to success in all content areas. Kindergarten students who do not achieve success in phonological awareness, phonics, and word-recognition skills may experience academic difficulties. In math, students are introduced to the relationships between numbers and quantities and build a foundation for place value as they count, represent and compare whole numbers. Students also describe and model objects in their environment using simple geometric shapes and vocabulary. Social-emotional skills in kindergarten build on each other to help each child learn how to be a responsible citizen within our school community and neighborhood. Second-Step is a Social Emotional program used to teach children how to understand and manage their emotions, control their reactions, be aware of others’ feelings, and have the skills to problem-solve and make responsible decisions.
Kindergarten will be a year of magical wonder and amazing growth for your child. I am looking forward to working with you and your child as we guide them along this adventure.
The following is a condensed curriculum version of what your child should be able to do by the end of kindergarten. This is not a complete list of standards taught in kindergarten, but gives you an overview of the goals:
Reading Workshop/Daily 5: Lucy Calkins’ Reading Workshop is a daily block of time during which students are taught a variety of techniques and strategies that good readers use. All students will be reading every day in their own way, whether that means using pictures to retell a story or accurately reading words. Students receive frequent conferences and formative assessments to ensure that they are reading text that is on-level and appropriate. Daily 5 suggests that all students partake in 5 elements of literacy each day: read to self, read to partner, listen to reading, word work, and work on writing.
Engaging in Digital Resources for Literacy:
Writing: Lucy Calkins' Writer's Workshop is a designated time of 45 minutes each day when students become “authors”. Students will be taught different modes of writing (Narrative, Expository, and Persuasive, etc.) and techniques and strategies that good writers use. The Writing Workshop model provides our students time to write, choice of genres and topics, and opportunities to work collaboratively with others. Here are the basic elements of Writing Workshop:
➣mini-lesson ➣independent writing and conferring
➣sharing and reflection
Math: Common Core Curriculum
Basic concepts of Common Core:
➣Students will learn more about fewer concepts
➣Focus on skill building, speed, and accuracy
➣Use of real world examples to better understand concepts
- Numbers to 10.
- Two-Dimensional and Three-Dimensional Shapes
- Comparison of length, width, capacity, and numbers to 10
- 4. Number pairs, Addition, and Subtraction to 10
- Numbers 10-20; Count to 100 by Ones and Tens
- Analyzing, Comparing, and Composing Shapes
Social Studies: Kindergarten Studies Weekly is a magazine that delivers standards based lessons, comprehensive assessments and fun activities for kids. Please visit https://www.studiesweekly.com/kindergarten-social-studies for the complete list of topics.
Science: Project based learning which incorporate children's literature, student recording journals, experiments and inquiry.
- Physical Sciences
- Life Sciences
- Earth Sciences
- Investigation and Experimentation
Fall to Spring Assessment:
Dibels/TRC (BOY, MOY, EOY) First Sound Fluency (FSF), Letter Naming Fluency (LNF), Nonsense Word Fluency (NWF)
- NWEA MPG Assessment Math (BOY, MOY, EOY)
- Reach Performance Task
- Writing Samples (4) per year
- Reading Levels
- Report Card Scoring:
We know how busy you are, so these are just suggestions of how to help your child at home:
- Read to your child every day☺
- Encourage your child to be an author
- Make math part of everyday life
- Encourage responsibility and independence
- Support your child academically
Please email with any questions or concerns about your child
Mrs. Erica Alvarez: Enalvarez@cps.edu
Miss Peter: email@example.com
The main office is: 773-534-1189
Conferencing: If you would like to schedule an appointment with me before or after school to discuss your child's progress in Kindergarten, please email me, send a note in your child's folder or talk to me anytime after school, once student's are dismissed.
Send me an email anytime and I will promptly respond.
FYI Breakfast and Lunch menus are now available at cpsmeals.org scroll down to find Hitch. We no longer print the menus they are available for you to print online.
Scholastic Book Order Code for our class to earn points for our room: K39HW