Welcome to kindergarten! The start of your child’s school career is a very exciting time for everyone involved and we are so excited to be a part of their school journey. During 2019, kindergarten will be taught by Mrs Gabbi Ellsmore on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and Mrs Elyse Sernig on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.
English is taught each morning and comprises of reading, writing, spelling, grammar, handwriting and oral language. In Kindergarten, we follow a program called L3, which stands for Language, Literacy and Learning. L3 involves groups of three students with similar needs, working with the teacher in intensive, explicit reading and writing lessons. When not with the teacher, children independently complete a variety of both formal and informal literacy tasks. As students become more adept readers and writers, writing lessons move to whole class settings with opportunities to provide additional support to small groups of students. We supplement the L3 model with explicit and systematic phonics instruction, which takes place at the beginning of each day.
After the first few weeks of school, students will begin to bring home books to read at home each night. As we use these books for our classroom reading, it is very important that home readers travel to and from school each day in the bag provided. The books sent home are books that your child has read in class. It’s best to get into an afternoon or evening routine which involves your child reading their home reader.
To get the most out of this experience, check out this video on how to read home readers with your child.
Students in kindergarten participate in mathematics lessons each day, straight after recess. Children in kindergarten need lots of hands -on activities to develop their understanding of mathematical concepts and many concepts will be taught and reinforced through games.
At home, you can help your child by playing board games involving dice or counting, playing card games and talking about numbers in everyday contexts, for example, finding numerals at the supermarket, reading the numbers on letterboxes, following directions to something hidden in a room etc.
Other curriculum areas
In kindergarten, students will participate in a variety of experiences in other curriculum areas including science, history and geography, PDHPE and sport and creative arts. Children love the hands-on, inquiry nature of many of these subjects and the content of what is what, often stems from the students’ interests and questions.
In kindergarten, our core values reflect those of the school which are care, respect and safety. Positive behaviour is encouraged through a range of strategies including class Dojo points, which lead to whole class and individual rewards.
General class info
Crunch&Sip – Students are encouraged to bring fruit or vegetables and water to enjoy during the morning session.
Library – Students will have an opportunity to borrow books from our school library each week. They will need a library bag or plastic bag to take books home in. Our library day is Monday and borrowing will commence from Week 3 of Term 1.
Parent volunteers – We love having parent volunteers in our classroom and we are often on the look out for parents to help with special occasions, such as making Easter hats and sports carnivals. We will make you aware of these opportunities through Dojo. Later in the year, we may seek parent helpers for reading and will keep you updated of any opportunities that arise.
Talk time- Your child will be assigned a day each week, where they’ll have the chance to speak in front of the class. You might know this as news or show and tell. For the first term, students will be able to speak about anything that interests them. They may like to bring something from home such as a favourite game or book, some family photos or something they’ve collected from nature. This is optional and they are more than welcome to tell the class something they did on the weekend etc. Unfortunately, teachers cannot take responsibility for items brought from home. It’s a good idea to chat with your child the evening before their talk time and help them to come up with something they’d like to speak about.
Connecting with our Classroom
As a parent, you can use ClassDojo to connect to classroom activities and track your child’s behaviour. It also provides a platform to receive reminders or get in touch with teachers, which is great for parents who can’t make it into the classroom as regularly. We welcome parental involvement and feedback. We are always on the lookout for enthusiastic and reliable volunteers to work with students or share skills in our classroom.