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Welcome to Mrs. Poland's Kindergarten

Welcome to Kindergarten!  Kindergarten is an exciting adventure in learning.    
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Upcoming Events

 March 3 -  Rodeo Day and Program at 1:35
 March 10 -  Chili cook-off
March 13-20 Spring Break
March 21 - Return to School
April 3 -  Field Trip to  the zoo
April 13 - Egg Hunt

Welcome to Kindergarten!

What is Happening in Mrs. Poland's Class
Upcoming Events:
  • Donuts with Dad Oct. 21 & Storybook Dress-up Oct. 28
 Language Arts: 
  • Sight word for second 9 weeks of, that, are, an, can, for, go, here, in, it, no , said, 
  •  All Letters and Sounds have been introduced
  • Pre-reading behaviors: looking at a new book and telling the story by looking at the pictures and describing what is happening in them, or retelling a familiar story by looking through the pictures in the book. Identifying main characters in stories.
  • Proper book handling - turn the pages from the top corner, keeping books clean and neat, how to get our books out and put them away correctly
  • Increasing our Read to Self stamina - we read for 4-7 minutes
  • Books coming home to practice in binders!
  • Writing: drawing a picture to tell a story, labeling using stretching the sounds,  adding some details to the picture to tell more of the story & sharing that story with others
  • Last week Sorting at least 3 ways by attributes such as, shape, size, color, type etc..
Social Studies and Science are alternated through the year. This week our focus is Social Studies.
  • Effort - Work hard at whatever you do!
  • Science - Life cycle of a pumpkin.  We planted seeds and carved a pumpkin
 Up Coming Events

Books Before Bedtime”

Family LIteracy Night

Thursday, November 10th


Children can even come in pj’s!

Don’t miss the fun!!

Why Sight Words are so Important to Young Readers

Dear Family,

I wanted to take a moment to talk to you about the importance of helping your child master their sight words. Successful readers use a number of tools to help them understand texts. One of the most effective and powerful reading tools that parents can help children develop is sight word recognition. When a child is able to grasp and identify sight words he is well on his way to becoming a outstanding reader. Believe it or not, 50% or more of all reading texts are made up of the same 100 words! The most frequently used and repeated words in the English language are known as sight words. This list of words includes the, a, is, of, to, in, and, I, you, and that. Think about the number of times that you have seen these words in a piece of reading material. It’s probably too many times to count.

Sight words are critical to reading not only because they are used so frequently, but also because many of them cannot easily be sounded out or illustrated. Imagine what reading would be like if you attempted to sound out walk every time you encountered it in your reading. Then imagine that you do not know the word the. You cannot use the pictures accompanying a text to help you decipher this word because it cannot be illustrated. Using phonics or picture reading skills for words like these is useless and fruitless for readers, especially those who are in the early stages of developing their decoding skills.

When a reader masters sight words  he/she is able to understand at least half of the words in a particular text. By eliminating the need to decode these words, the reader is able to focus on those that are more difficult and less familiar.

Our goal for Kindergarten is for every child to be reading on at least a level D by the end of school.  To accomplish this goal your child will need to master most if not all of our 100 sight words.  Please help your child practice these words daily.  Pick 5-10 to master at a time and review mastered words, once or twice a week.  

Thanks you so much for being a critical part of your child’s learning!

Kathleen Poland