Mrs. Erica Alvarez
Kindergarten Syllabus for 2018/2019
Mrs. Alvarez, Miss Peter and Ms. Pua
Welcome Hitch Families! We are excited to be your child’s kindergarten teachers this year. We believe kindergarten is such an important year to build a strong foundation for your child’s academic successes. This year will be an exciting and educational year for your child and we are glad we get to share it with them.
We think kindergarten is a critical time for academic and social growth. Academically, it is a year to focus heavily on foundational skills that will prove essential to future successes. 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 are not successful 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.
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 overall understanding 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.
Digital Resources for Literacy:
Unit 1: Making Friends with Letters- builds on letters and sounds, rhyme and word play.
Unit 2: Word Scientists- early reading concepts through songs, games, poems, and nursery rhymes.
Unit 3: Word-Part Power- word parts (CVC consonant, vowel, consonant), blends and digraphs.
Unit 4: Vowel Power- builds on high frequency words and CVC words.
Unit 5: Playing with Phonics- tackle longer words and think about the sounds that they hear in word parts.
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:
➣independent writing and conferring
➣sharing and reflection
Math: Common Core Curriculum (Math In Focus Singapore)
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
- Number pairs, Addition, and Subtraction to 10
- Numbers 10-20; Count to 100 by Ones and Tens
- Analyzing, Comparing, and Composing Shapes
Lesson Structure: Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract, Differentiation
- Teach/Learn to Mastery
- Guided Practice (Problems, Games, hands-on, Let’s Explore)
- Independent Practice
- Workbook (In class/homework)
Second Step and Calm Classroom:
- Social Emotional strategies to help lay the groundwork for growth and learning.
Science: Scholastic Science Spin is a magazine with project based learning which incorporates children's literature, student recording journals, experiments and inquiry. Please visit http://sciencespin-k1.scholastic.com/ for more information.
- Physical Sciences
- Life Sciences
- Earth Sciences
- Investigation and Experimentation
Lunch/Recess: 10:50-11:41 am Free breakfast/lunch menus are posted on Hitchschool.org
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 (MOY, EOY)
- Reach Performance Task (Math and Literacy)
- Writing Samples (4) per year
- Reading Levels (A-Z)
- Beginning 2. Developing 3. Proficient 4. Exemplary
We know how busy you are, these are some suggestions of how to help your child at home:
- Read to your child for at least 10-15 minutes every day
- Encourage your child to be an author and illustrator
- Make math part of everyday life
- Play board games, card games, or dice games
- Encourage responsibility and independence
- Support your child academically
- Class Dojo (Communication platform to encourage students, and inform parents.)
Mrs. Erica Alvarez: Enalvarez@cps.edu Miss Peter: firstname.lastname@example.org Ms. Pua: EPua@cps.edu
Main office: 773-534-1189
Scholastic Book Order Code for our class to earn points for our room: K39HW