Kindergarten

Sarah Bland

Sarah graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2010 with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She has had experience teaching in a range of classrooms.  She lives in Maryville with her husband, Nick and their three children. In her spare time, she loves to read and spend time with her family

Overview

Religion
In the Sadlier Religion series, students will learn and dicuss how God gave us many gifts, that God is our creator, how Jesus shows us God's love and that Jesus wants us to share God's love.  The Kindergarten class attends Mass every third Tuesday and every Friday.  They also recite daily prayers. 

Writing
OLQP uses a workshop approach to the teaching of writing.  The instructor helps to build a group of writers in which individuals are supported by the teacher and by other students in the classroom.  This approach allows students to write about topics of their choice, to explore different writing styles and to practice their revision and editing skills.

Math
The Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Saxon Math Curriculum uses various manipulatives to engage students.  In Kindergarten, students will learn to count and pay with pennies, nickels, and dimes, graph items, create color patterns, tangrams, ordering shapes by size and dividing shapes in half.

Reading
In Kindergarten, we use the HMH Journeys Common Core series.  We exercise gammar, phonics, vocabulary, writing, reading fluency, reading comprehension and story retelling.  We practice reading and writing sight words weekly.

Science
Kindergarten science is a guided inquiry program that gives students the opportunity to explore topics and concepts through investigations.  Instructional methods include:  individual and small group work, full class instruction and discussions and guided inquiry activities.

Social Studies
Students will learn more about the communities around them, the United States of America and the Earth in which we live. Scott Foresman engages students through prior knowledge, visual content and a systematic focus on language.