|Parents as Partners|
|Make Way For Ducklings Project|
|Places Jake Visited|
|Links to Websites|
|Make Way For Ducklings Tour|
Welcome to the George H. Conley School Kindergarten Class, Room 103 We are located at 450 Poplar Street, Roslindale, Massachusetts Roslindale is a neighborhood of Boston. We are part of the Boston Public Schools. Natalie Thomas is our teacher. She has been teaching at this school for 15 years. The principal is Mrs. Edna Cason. She has been at our school for 2 years.Our class is very proud of the Make Way For Ducklings Traveling Buddy Backpack Project we started this year.
Our class mascot is Jake, the Mallard beanie baby. He is the father in the book, "Make Way For Ducklings." The story takes place in Boston. If you travel to Boston, you may visit the 8 ducklings at the Boston Public Garden.
I hear and I forget
I see and I remember
I do and I understand
Kindergarten Curriculum:Click to top
A curriculum for young children includes every experience, activity and material they encounter in the classroom. Young children learn important skills from classroom routines, interacting with peers, discipline strategiesand manipulating materials. This curriculum provides teachers with a framework for creating a learning environment that assumes constant, often structured but sometimes incidental learning.
Teaching kindergarten children means addressing their social, emotional, physical,intellectual needs as well as understanding and valuing children's connections to family, community, culture, and other out-of-school experiences. Young children are unable to compartmentalize learning into headings such as math, science, language and social studies. They learn more easily and efficiently when experiences are integrated and related to their real lives. Therefore a calendar discussion includes weather changes (science), new vocabulary - day, month, Monday (language), how many days until x (math), and the date of birthday celebrations and important events (family and community information).
Kindergarten children come to school eager to learn new things. They are like sponges ready to soak up life's experiences. But all too frequently in classrooms everywhere children are turned off and shut down within a few weeks of entering the school system. Often, educators fail to greet these eager, motivated people. They present them with inappropriate, meaningless tasks that are time-fillers and thought-killers. They expect children to sit quietly and passively for long periods during which time children become frustrated, tired, bored and confused. Our kindergarten curriculum empowers teachers and children to make choices. Teachers are responsible for learning about each child through a wide variety of observation and assessment tools, in order to plan appropriate curriculum. The recent influx of mandated, test-oriented curricula often has converted learning to a series of unrelated rote exercises. Teachers are viewed as key organizers of curriculum. It enables teachers to build curriculum units based on the needs and interests of class participants. There is an emphasis on self-initiated learning, problem-solving, and thinking skills. A child's positive concept of self as a learner, and the child's motivation, social competence, and constructive attitude toward school are given high priority.
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|First Days of School||All About Me||Family||Friendship|
|Food||Thanksgiving||Teddy Bears||December Holidays|
|Winter||Martin Luther King Jr||Space||Polar Regions|
|Groundhog Day||Community||Valentine's Day||President's Day|
|Air and Wind||Farm||Plants and Seeds||Spring|
|St Patrick's Day||Easter||Transportation||May Day|
|Mother's Day||Circus||Zoo Animals||Rain Forest|
|Sea Life||Dinosaurs||Father's Day||Summer|
|End of Year Celebration|
Choosing A Theme To Study:
There are no hard and fast rules that indicates themes of study during the kindergarten years. Children will learn as much and as well by focusing on a "Transportation" theme as from a theme focusing on "Farm animals" if each theme meets the following criteria.
Parents as Partners:click to top
Long before children enter kindergarten, their parents are their first teachers. They help their children with language development. They show them how to dress themselves and become independent. In order for children to experience success in the kindergarten program, parents must continue to be actively involved in their children's learning. Parents need many different opportunities to share with the teacher valuable information about their children, get involved in their child's classroom, and understand how they can support their child's school experience.
Research demonstrates that home and school cooperation has very positiveeffects on children's attitudes toward school. If parents are enthusiastic about their child's school life, the child will become enthusiastic. Suggested below are guidelines for parents to help their young child feel good about himself or herself and function well in both home and school environments. When children feel good about themselves and what they do, they experience success. These guidelines might be summarized in a letter to parents and/or discussed during registration and screening days.
Helping Parents Become Involved With Their Child's School Life
Strategies: Articulating Principles and Goals of Curriculum
Special Roles For Parents in the Classroom:
The Make Way For Ducklings Traveling Buddy Backpack Project is an easy and fun on-line collaborative project with over 100 classrooms throughout the world. Our theme is based on the book, "Make Way For Ducklings," by Robert McCloskey. This is a story about Mr. and Mrs. Mallard who travel throughout Boston looking for a place for their babies to hatch. This is an excellent book to introduce other classrooms to the city of Boston. Maps, souvenirs, postcards, and memorabilia of Boston are included in the backpack. Teachers may enclose a stuffed animal as a class mascot. Our class chose, Jake, The Mallard Beanie Baby. He goes along with the book. As each classroom receives the backpack, they email our class and let us know how Jake is spending his week with their students. The classrooms send us pictures for us to publish on the web.
"Oh Where, Oh Where Have Our Ducklings Gone, Oh Where, Oh Where Can They Be?"
These are the places that the ducklings have visited this year:
Invitation to Join the
Traveling Backpack Project
Traveling Backpack Project Classroom Activities
Online Journal for Backpack #1
Online Journal for Backpack #2
Jake in Tolland, Conneticut
Online Journal for Backpack3
OnLine Journal for Backpack #4
Travel Buddy - Joseph Lee School
Boston KidWeb Joseph Lee School d4 links
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