ISBN-10:
032500711X
ISBN-13:
2900325007112
Pub. Date:
08/31/2004
Publisher:
Heinemann
Welcome to Kindergarten: A Month-by-Month Guide to Teaching and Learning / Edition 1

Welcome to Kindergarten: A Month-by-Month Guide to Teaching and Learning / Edition 1

by Bonnie Brown Walmsley
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    ISBN-13: 2900325007112
    Publisher: Heinemann
    Publication date: 08/31/2004
    Edition description: New Edition
    Pages: 192
    Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.38(d)

    About the Author

    Bonnie Brown Walmsley has been a kindergarten teacher for eighteen years and an early childhood teacher for twenty-five years. She currently teaches at Karigon School in Clifton Park, New York. She has consulted for school districts and presented at conferences and workshops throughout the United States. She has coauthored, Kindergarten Ready or Not (Heinemann, 1998), Teaching Kindergarten: A Developmentally-Centered Approach (Heinemann, 1994), Teaching Kindergarten: A Theme-Centered Curriculum (Heinemann, 1994), and Teaching with Favorite Marc Brown Books (Scholastic, 1999).

    Debra Redlo Wing teaches kindergarten at Westmere Elementary in Guilderland, NY. She is a consultant and presenter for Kindergarten Teachers. She has studied the project approach with Drs. Lilian Katz and Sylvia Chard and presented with them at National Conferences. She has published projects in The Project Approach Catalogue #2 (November, 1998) and #3 (November, 2000). Additionally Debra has been a mentor teacher and administrator over the course of her more than twenty-five years of early childhood teaching.

    Table of Contents

    Forewordxiii
    Acknowledgmentsxvii
    Introductions: Starting the Journey1
    August: Starting Again9
    Welcome to Kindergarten Letter9
    Getting Ready11
    Barn Raising11
    The Giving Tree11
    Meet the Teacher Book11
    Setting Up the Classroom12
    Building13
    Dramatic Play13
    Meeting Area15
    Library15
    Art Area16
    Writing Area17
    Math Area18
    Teacher Area20
    Screening20
    Summary22
    September: Ready, Set, Go23
    Daily Routines23
    Full-Day Kindergarten Schedule24
    Half-Day Kindergarten Schedule25
    Coming-in Time26
    Class Meeting: Pledge of Allegiance, Meeting and Greeting Circle, Sharing, Calendar, Daily Message27
    Music and Movement32
    Read-Aloud37
    Relax and Read37
    Center Time/Choice Time38
    Snack39
    Cleanup41
    Outside Play41
    Closing41
    Communication42
    Parent Handbook42
    Conferences, Phone Calls, and Email43
    Newsletters43
    Website43
    Volunteering43
    Open House or Back to School Night44
    Names, Names, Names!46
    Letter by Letter46
    Name Bingo46
    Attendance Names47
    Beanie Names48
    Count the Letters in Your Name Graph49
    Boy/Girl Chart49
    Birthday Graph50
    Reading All Around51
    Write at the Start51
    Dramatic Play54
    Art: Something to Think About56
    Building Blocks: Don't Start Kindergarten Without Them58
    Summary60
    October: Getting to Know You62
    Evaluation62
    Formative Assessment: Anecdotal Records, Work Samples, Individual Assessments, Social Observations63
    Summative Assessment: Progress Reports, Portfolios65
    Program Evaluation66
    Professional Development66
    1,000 Book Club Program68
    Themes, Topics, and Projects69
    Themes70
    Topics for Themes70
    Why Themes?71
    Where to Begin73
    Firefighter's Theme: How Is It Different from a Project?73
    Project Work74
    What Is a Project?75
    The Fire Station Project: Phase One, Phase Two, Phase Three76
    Scheduling Project Work79
    Representational Sketching80
    Summary82
    November: A Closer Look83
    Native American Theme83
    Pilgrims86
    Writing Revisited88
    Parent-Teacher Conferences89
    Summary91
    December: A Time to Celebrate92
    Holidays92
    Minithemes93
    Holiday Counting93
    Gingerbread Men94
    Trains95
    Winterfest96
    Author Studies97
    Jan Brett Author Study99
    Summary100
    January: New Year, New Horizons102
    Raising the Bar102
    Evaluation103
    Borrowing Books104
    Months of the Year and Days of the Week Theme105
    Martin Luther King Jr.107
    Chinese New Year108
    New Routines109
    Science Museum110
    Summary111
    February: Delving Deeper112
    At-Risk Students112
    Phonemic Awareness113
    February Themes115
    Friendship115
    Post Office and Valentine's Day117
    Money120
    Summary121
    March: Capable, Confident, and Constructive122
    Looking Ahead122
    Registration and Orientation122
    Closing Celebration123
    Bedtime and Bathtime Theme125
    Time126
    Dental Health127
    Summary128
    April: Feeling Like a Family130
    Writing Revisited Again130
    More Money132
    Egg-to-Chick Theme133
    Summary135
    May: Well on Their Way137
    Gardening137
    Outdoor Center Time Activities140
    Water Play140
    Sink or Float140
    Painting141
    More Outdoor Activities141
    Read-Alouds for Experienced Listeners143
    Mother's Day celebration144
    An Artist Theme145
    Final Assessment147
    Summary148
    June and July: Coming Full Circle149
    Father's Day Celebration149
    Thank You and Good-Bye150
    Class Reflections151
    Closing Celebration153
    Recordkeeping154
    Packing Up154
    Professional Growth155
    Summary156
    Epilogue157
    Appendix159
    Alphabet Books159
    Social Studies Books159
    Science Books160
    Math Books161
    Chant and Song Books161
    Poetry and Fingerplays162
    More Great Books162
    Professional Books163
    Music CDs164

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