meet the teacher
    Meet the Teacher Night
    • My name is Rosanne Schwartz. My voice mail number at school is 956-5444. My e-mail is rosanne.schwartz@santeesd.net   My website address is http://www.santeesd.net/Page/5322
    • Letter and sound identification is imperative to success in kindergarten as these are the building blocks needed for reading and writing. Our goal is for the children to recognize capital and lowercase letters AND their sounds by November. If your child is not able to do the majority of the letters and sounds now, please help him/her be successful by giving them extra practice at home. There are resources on my website to assist you.
    • We start writing in kindergarten! Instead of having a child copy a sentence I have written or spelling all of the challenging words for the child, we use a technique called shared pen where your child writes the sounds he/she hears and an adult helps them with the rest. For example at the beginning of the year, if your child wants to write the word “mouse”, I would expect them to hear the most distinct sounds- the “m” at the beginning and the “s” at the end. I would write the “ou” and silent “e” for them. We try to have the students write in complete sentences with a capital at the beginning and a period at the end. For example, the letters I would write for a child are underlined in this sentence. I want a pet mouse.   
    • As your child’s writing skills improve, make them responsible for more of the writing. By the middle of the year, we expect students to be writing words with beginning, middle, and ending sounds represented in their sentences as well as to begin spelling basic sight words correctly. By the end of the year, they should be able to write 4-5 sentences with phonetic spelling and basic sight words fairly independently.
    • We are working on proper letter formation. Please keep the letter formation sheet handy while your child is writing assignments. Letters NEVER start at the bottom. Please encourage your child to use proper letter formation and help him/her improve in this area by modeling the correct movement, practicing, and correcting when needed.  The more you assist you child with writing using correctly formed lowercase letters instead of capitals, the easier his/her transition to standard writing will be.
    • Please help your child practice writing their name starting with a capital and using lowercase letters for the rest.
    • We are using the Mc Graw-Hill language arts series this year. Components of the program include big books to model and teach reading skills, phonics activities to work on decoding skills, and practice book pages to reinforce skills and independence as well as class lessons. In addition, your child reads individual leveled books at his/her instructional level.
    • Kindergarten students are expected to exit at a level "D" or above, which means that they can sound out and read beginning stories using phonetic words (net, hat) and basic sight words. When your child brings home a book, please take time to listen to them read and discuss the story with him/her. It builds fluency, comprehension, confidence, and pride. It is important for students to re-read stories and be able to answer questions about the story that they read. Don't forget that looking at pictures is a strategy that beginning readers use. Ask your child to track or point to each word as they read. It is important for beginning readers to train their eyes to recognize groups of letters as words. When your child is done reading, ask them to show you a letter, word, capital, or period. Ask them to find a high frequency word or a word that starts with a particular letter or sound.
    • They are also expected to read and write at least 25 high frequency words from the 100 high frequency word list, read words from common word families, identify all letters and sounds, rhyme words, blend phonemes ( /c/ /a/ /t/ blends to cat) and segment phonemes ( cat segments to /c/ /a/ /t/).
    • We will be starting spelling tests later this year so your child will be able to spell the needed high frequency words by the end of the year. Tests will include high frequency (like, have) and decodable Consonant-Vowel-Consonant words (net, run) as well as a short dictation sentence.
    • Our math program entails many strands of math and consists of a combination of daily math projects to build hands on conceptual knowledge and workbook pages to reinforce skills.
    • Some math skills that we will be working on in kindergarten include number recognition to 30,  sequencing numbers to 30, counting with one-to-one correspondence to 100, counting forward and backwards, what number is missing before/after/between, beginning addition and subtraction, composing and decomposing numbers, creating and reading graphs and tables for information, calendar skills, and using measurement tools.
    • Science and social studies standards will be covered throughout the year. Some weeks are a combination of both areas and some weeks we focus on one or the other.
    • Homework comes home in a Homework Packet on Friday. This allows families to work on some of the activities over the weekend if they have a busy schedule during the week. Please don't ask your child to do all of the activities on the same day as this will lead to frustration for you and your child. Your child is expected to do the homework and return all materials and books back to school on or before the due date. The Homework Packet needs to be returned on Wednesday.
    • The Homework Packet contains activity cards for you to use with your child. There are varying degrees of difficulty so you can choose the most appropriate activities for your child. Please have your child use a dry erase marker to do the written worksheet. Check your child's work, assist with any problems, and erase it before you return it to school in the Homework Packet. The more time you spend working with your child on the Homework activities, the more skills you'll help your child build. Please help your child build consistent homework habits now.
    • Math and Language Arts workbooks are available for home use. You can use them as best fits the needs of your child.  Completed pages do not need to be returned to school but can be if you wish.
    • News and Book Reports are considered part of your child's writing homework. They will do only one report each week. News Reports are part of our oral language program and will be shared with the class. They will alternate with Book Reports which are read by the teacher but not to the class. The most important thing is to do the pages and order and read the directions for that week at the top of the page. Your child needs to prepare his/her News Report at home and practice it so s/he is ready to read it to the class on the assigned day. Please use the shared pen technique to help fill in the missing letters so I can assist your child if needed when they are reading to the class. News and Book Report books can always be turned in early if they are ready. They will be returned on your child's assigned day or the next day. If you don't see it come home, ask your child where it is.
    • Please feel free to contact me by letter, phone, e-mail or in person if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to an exciting and educational year with your child.

    Thank you, Rosanne Schwartz

Last Modified on July 20, 2018