Kindergarten - Mrs. Patricia Hoyt, Mrs. Jennifer Harrigan & Mrs. Chant

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Kindergarten - Mrs. Patricia Hoyt, Mrs. Jennifer Harrigan & Mrs. Chant

Kindergarten is an exciting year for children and their parents, as well as their teacher. Kindergarten is a developmental journey where children learn at their own pace through playing, cooking, interacting, watching, listening, acting, learning letter/sound identification and phonemic awareness. As well as, pretending to read or reading, and writing or pretending to write. In math, our focus is on learning number sense and geometric shapes. It is a place where children can ask questions and find answers to their questions.

Children in kindergarten are able to explore their environment through learning centers and work jobs. Learning center activities give children an opportunity to learn by touching, seeing, experimenting, and doing hands-on learning. These learning centers address multiple learning styles, a wide range of abilities, and are non-competitive which allows low risk and moderate challenge. Work jobs are file folder activities that reinforce concepts and skills that have been taught in the class. Children engage in work jobs to show and practice what they can do and have learned.

Kindergarten is a year of modeling procedures. Children learn so many things in kindergarten!
Robert Fulghum says it so well…
“Share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Say you are sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat. Learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. Watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.”

In kindergarten, we use the Responsive Classroom Approach to set up our rules, class community, class environment and to model what is expected of all kindergarten students.



 Grade 1 - Mrs. Annette Magowan & Mrs. Anna Kilmer

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Grade 1 - Mrs. Annette Magowan & Mrs. Anna Kilmer

First graders start out the year learning how to help foster a caring, productive learning environment through the use of the Responsive Classroom Approach. We continually work as a community, knowing that by helping each other out we will all learn better. Feeling safe to make mistakes is of utmost importance. Our academic goals include:

• Children will become life-long, independent readers and writers. We read and write throughout the day, integrated into all subject areas. We also teach to read through the “guided reading” approach, which works with children at their own individual reading level. We explore phonics, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

• In math, we foster “math in the real world.” We want children to see the real life applications of the math they learn in the classroom. Our program focuses on building number sense, patterns, geometry, measurement (including time & money), addition and subtraction.

• In social studies, children learn about famous people, holidays/customs at home and around the world.

• Children explore sound, the seasons, magnets, life cycles of various plants and animals, and habitats in our science study.

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 Grade 2 - Mrs. Nicole Merrill & Ms. Kim Hamilton

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Grade 2 - Mrs. Nicole Merrill & Ms. Kim Hamilton

In Second Grade, we follow the Responsive Classroom approach to teaching and learning. This approach helps us build a safe, challenging, happy learning environment for our children. We believe that to be successful academically and socially, our children need to learn and practice specific social skills. The five important skills we focus on in second grade are cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy and self-control. We create good citizens because we teach these skills. While learning and practicing these skills, students become independent, responsible learners who can better access the academic curriculum.
The curriculum in Second Grade provides variety, excitement and diversity. We explore the Solar System, Vertebrates and Invertebrates, and Matter. We learn mapping skills that help us know and understand our world. In Math we solidify our basic math facts and learn how to apply them to everyday life experiences. In Literacy we transition from learning to read to reading to learn, with the goal of becoming confident readers and writers! Second Grade is an exciting journey.