Welcome to our kindergarten page!
Mrs. Morrow's Kindergarten
Kindergarten Supply List 2014-2015
4 large glue sticks
2 boxes of tissues
2 big erasers
2 pencils (regular size)
2 Expo dry erase markers
2 boxes of 24 count crayons
1 pair of Fiskars blunt edge scissors
1 bottle of hand sanitizer
2 large containers of Lysol or Clorox disinfecting wipes
1 box of storage bags: (boys: gallon size, girls: quart size)
regular sized backpack (with no wheels and big enough to put a large folder into)
pencil box no larger than 9" x 6" (plastic preferred: zippers are hard to work and we are using our "toolboxes" constantly!)
Folding plastic rest mat (If they are sold out at stores like Wal-Mart or K-Mart you can also find them at pharmacies like Walgreens.) Please note: Roll-up mats are thin and are not as comfortable for your child.
Our Class Rules:
*Do not hurt others in their hearts or on their bodies.
*Take care of all school property.
*Treat others the way you want to be treated.
Please cut and paste this link if you are a parent in our class and want to connect directly to our Scholastic online ordering: https://orders.scholastic.comGKQHC
Every order earns a free $5 book certificate for your child!/
Please encourage your child to play some of the online games linked to our site (links and Quia activities) to help reinforce concepts we are working on in kindergarten!
Here are some suggestions for you to help your kindergartner from home. Your child may not be ready for all of these yet, but will eventually be in time:
*Blend sounds together to make words (the car is a great place to do this!). For example, if you make the sounds /c/ /a/ /t/, your child should be able to say "cat"! You can also give them a word and have them s-t-r-e-t-c-h it out to help them spell. When your child has that perfected, give them a word to stretch out on their own. Then he or she is spelling!
*Speaking of spelling, your child will write out words by how they sound. As we learn sight words we will work on the spelling of those, but please don't correct your child's phonetic spelling. It is very important to build confidence and he or she will learn the correct spellings of words soon enough!
*Look for letters or high frequency words (sight words)at home and in the community. The more exposure a child has, the faster he or she will retain the words.
*Visit the Kidz Place (the Parent Resource Center) located in the Neff Center. There are many activities, books, and other resources available!
*Check out books from the public library to read with your child. You can check out several and it is a special bonding experience your child will remember forever.
*Keep a calendar at home to help your child comprehend the concept of passing time. We do this in the classroom daily, but letting your child mark off days from a family calendar can be "extra special".
* Have your child practice writing his or her full name with only the first letters being capitalized.
*Practice tying shoes to be an official member of our class "Shoe Tying Club!"
*Help your child practice saying his or her whole name (first, middle, last), address, and phone number. You may also want to create a "family safeword" that must be used for someone to access personal information from your child.
*Practice your 911 address with your child and have an emergency plan. It's always better to be safe and prepared in the event of an emergency.
*Help your child remember his or her birthday, including the year he or she was born. (This can be a hard concept, but it's important!)
*When you have some spare time, practice counting skills. By the end of kindergarten, your child should be able to count to 100 without skipping any numbers, by 5s to 100, 10s to 100, and count backwards from 10 to 0 ("blastoff")!
*Help your child develop one-to-one correspondence (moving objects or pointing as objects are counted) at home by counting everyday things around the house.
*Look for patterns, colors, shapes, and letters all around (home, grocery stores, roads, anywhere!).
*Keep a journal with your child. When something special happens, model writing for your child and draw a picture of the event together. Read it from time to time to share happy memories. The students love to write and are getting better everyday!
*Read, read, read! Let your child catch you reading the newspaper, magazines, books, the cereal box... anything! Read to your child daily, and don't be afraid to read on a level higher than what they can read independently. Your child will have a better extended vocabulary when you read books that extend beyond what they are normally used to hearing. Chapter books can be great for listening skills and vocabulary, and can make for very special bonding time.