ABOUT MRS. READ
B.S. in Anthropology, University of Oregon
Masters in Education, Regis University
I have been teaching for over ten years, and love teaching Kindergartners with all their wonder and curiosity! Kindergarten is such an important year for children to develop both their self-confidence as a student and an intrinsic, lifelong love of learning and inquiry. It was in volunteering in my oldest son’s kindergarten class when I decided to become a teacher! I also have additional training in gifted and talented education which I believe applies to every student.
Pumpkin Patch Field Trip
Thanksgiving Program and Celebration
Baby Shower for Jesus (Christmas Party)
Pancakes with Dad
Mother’s Day Brunch
Zoo Field Trip
Moving Up Ceremony
The math program is designed to extend the understanding of key concepts. Active, hands-on methods develop problem-solving skills and extend the children’s understanding and enjoyment of numbers and their functions. The classroom environment encourages students to explore, develop, test, discuss and apply ideas.
Each child is encouraged to use all their senses to observe and explore the natural world around them. Students explore topics about apples, bears, penguins, butterflies, frogs, chickens and plants. The read nonfiction books and publish their own information books about these topics. The students are encouraged to share their discoveries in the classroom and at our all school science fair.
The Kindergarten social studies program focuses on the children themselves, their families, their class at school, and the school community. Children also experience the meaning of holidays and the social traditions connected with them through songs, stories, experience writing and other special projects. The Kindergarten students have their first history unit with their study of the Pilgrims and the Native Americans.
Religion is integrated into every aspect of our day. Prayer includes the traditional memorized prayers and spontaneous prayer. We learn about participating in the Mass and prayer services. We learn about creation, the Saints, Church holidays and celebrations. the children participate in Lent and Advent. They learn stories from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The children become even more aware of how precious they are in God’s light. They learn that Jesus loves them – no matter what happens!
In Kindergarten, children focus on reading, writing, listening and oral expression. A print rich environment is provided to encourage experience for thought and conversation that extends each student’s language skills and builds their vocabulary. A balanced literacy approach emphasizes recognizing basic sight words, using decoding strategies, building fluency and expanding vocabulary. Daily language activities include shared reading and writing, guided reading and writing, independent reading and writing and reading and writing with a peer. Because phonetic analysis is an essential reading skill, each child uses their knowledge of the alphabet to do word study activities. Handwriting skills are refined through daily practice.