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Kindergarten Night presentation for incoming Kindergarten parents at St. John Lutheran School.

Kindergarten Night presentation for incoming Kindergarten parents at St. John Lutheran School.

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  • 1. Kindergarten Readiness Night St. John Lutheran School Where love, faith and learning connect. Kindergarten Readiness Night April 29, 2010
  • 2. Tonight’s Purpose
    • Learn about Kindergarten Readiness
      • Expectations for Kindergarten
      • Is your child ready?
      • How to help your child prepare
    • Learn about our Kindergarten Program
    • Meet our Teachers
    • Visit our Classrooms
  • 3. Kindergarten Readiness
    • A child’s ability to think logically, speak clearly, and interact well with other children and adults are all critically important to success in school.
    • We incorporate developmental skills to assist Preschoolers to successfully transition into Kindergarten.
  • 4. Kindergarten Readiness
    • Expectations for Kindergarten
  • 5. Expectations for Entering Kindergarten
    • Follow two-step directions
    • Work in groups
    • Sit quietly/be attentive for periods at a time
    • Show a readiness to read
    • Display socially acceptable behavior
    • Able to write his/her first and last name
  • 6. Social and Emotional Expectations
    • Work and play cooperatively with others
    • Developing an imagination through play
    • Learning to solve conflicts with others
    • Developing feelings of respect for others, classroom materials, rules, personal space and belongings
    • Manages transitions between activities effectively
    • Learning to make good choices for themselves and others
    • Understands and follows classroom rules and routines
    • Develops friendships with others
  • 7. Language and Literacy
    • Listening comprehension
    • Letter recognition
    • Vocabulary and verbal expression
    • Phonological Awareness
    • Print and book awareness
    • Early word recognition
    • Written expression
    • Recalls simple rhymes and songs
    • Uses conversations to show feelings
  • 8. Math and Science Concepts
    • Recognizing number value
    • Counting – 1-20
    • Making correct numerals
    • Graphing
    • Matching (alike/differences)
    • Measuring/Weighing
    • Sorting
    • Shape recognition and drawing
    • Symmetry (Part/Whole)
    • Observes changes in color, size weather and sound
    • Identifies animals and plants
  • 9. Physical Development
    • Physical Movement
      • Shows awareness of name, location, body parts, moves, runs, jumps, hops
      • Plays in group games
    • Gross Motor
      • Throws and kicks objects in a direction
      • Plays catch and bounces balls
    • Fine Motor
      • Holds writing tools with fingers, holds scissors correctly, coordinates finger activities and clapping exercises
      • Can zip, button
  • 10. Is your child ready?
    • Success in preschool and/or other group activities
      • Realizing areas of concern or where focus is needed
    • Willingness to learn
      • Listens to direction
      • Excited about possibility of school
      • Open minded to new ideas
    • Emotionally prepared
      • Separates from parent
  • 11. How to help your child prepare
    • Read daily
      • Read to your child every day (make it part of your routine)
      • Begin to point out words that they can read or see often
    • Pre-K workbooks/activities that promote learning
      • Maintains preschool learning
      • Reinforces quiet time to follow
      • directions
    • Fun activities that you can
    • incorporate any type of learning
      • “ Field trips” to see and explore
      • areas around St. Louis
    • Keep it interesting, fun and light-
    • hearted.
  • 12. St. John Lutheran School
    • Our Kindergarten Program at SJLS
  • 13. Spiritual Development
    • Weekly chapel
    • Jesus time daily
      • Creation story - Moses
      • David - Peter
      • Jesus’ birth - Paul
      • Miracles of Jesus - Timothy
      • Pentecost - Ruth
      • Fall into sin - The Disciples
      • The Promised Land
      • Jesus death & resurrection
    • Open prayer time daily
    • “Integrate the faith!”
  • 14. Saxon Phonics
    • Coding vowel-consonant patterns
    • Includes spelling, handwriting, vocabulary
    • Reading fluency
    • Assessments and remediation
    • Leveled decodable readers
    • Continuous program that focuses on phonics rules and builds each year through 3rd grade
  • 15. The Daily 5
    • Student-centered activities that develop independence and literacy.
      • 1. Read to Self
      • 2. Read to Others
      • 3. Listening
      • 4. Writing
      • 5. Word Work
      • * Grade 1 program too 
  • 16. Saxon Math
    • Morning meeting - calendar, counting, patterns
    • Hands on - linking cubes, pattern blocks, geoboards, bear counters
    • Work pages - 4 days per week
    • Review and build on
    • prior knowledge
    • Regular assessments
  • 17. Social Studies
    • Around the World in 180 Days Program
    • Study one country each week
    • Reinforce phonics letter of the week (country that starts with the letter of the week)
    • Study/learn about all aspects of the country in an engaging, kid-friendly way:
      • Flag, culture, language, location, capital, money, food, government and leaders
  • 18. Science
    • Observe, measure, compare, classify, predict, investigate and draw conclusions through the study of:
    • Study of Plants
    • Study of animals
    • Earth systems
    • Weather
    • Matter
  • 19. Parent Involvement
    • Parent readers
    • Room Parents
    • Library volunteers
    • PTL Committees
    • Field Trip Drivers
    • Mission Project Coordinators
    • Small Group leader / Participant
    • Auction project coordinator
  • 20. Additional Programming
    • Spanish instruction 2x per week
    • Art classes weekly
    • Computer classes 2x per week
    • Physical Education 2x per week
    • Field trips
    • Chapel buddies with 7th and 8th graders
    • Lunch with the “big” kids
  • 21. Staffing/Classes
    • Average class size of 20 students
    • Full-time aides (10 to 1 ratio)
    • Morning and Full-Day programs
      • Half day friends leave just prior
      • to lunch
      • Primary subjects covered in the
      • morning
    • Housed in primary wing with 1 st graders
  • 22. Discipline Policy
    • Cougar Code of Conduct
    • Focuses on doing what’s “right”
    • Lose or earn cougar paws each day
    • Rewards good behavior
    • Acknowledges appropriate and inappropriate behaviors
    • Reinforces the idea of consequences for our actions
  • 23. What Makes us Different
    • Focus on JOY Model (Jesus-Others-You)
    • Integrates the faith
    • Christian modeling
    • Connected to larger school program (K-8)
    • Annual reading assessments – Gates-MacGinitie Reading Tests
    • Community of staff, parents and students
    • Passionate staff desiring to make a difference with kids
  • 24. Entrance to K
    • 5 years old by July 31 st
    • Take part in Kindergarten readiness assessment. This is administered to all students entering SJLS Kindergarten program in April and May
    • New families will be contacted for an appointment
  • 25. Classroom Visits
    • Visit classrooms to talk to teachers
    • See actual kindergarten work
    • View curriculum materials
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