Kindergarten – Mrs. Johnson

Welcome to Kindergarten! I am looking forward to a fantastic year of learning. We have so many enriching activities planned for our students!  The Keith Country Day School Kindergarten curriculum is aligned with national learning standards.  You will see students master concepts while using critical thinking skills in all areas of the curriculum.

Kindergarten Daily Schedule (click at left to view)

Language Arts

The kindergarten curriculum delivers instruction using the Daily 5. The Daily 5 allows students to work on five areas of learning during the language arts block.  Each day, we have 90 minutes dedicated to our reading workshop.  During this time, everyone is expected to engage in all five areas, which include: Read to self, Read to Someone, Listening to Reading, Word Work, and Work on Writing.  Read to self is generally done as a whole group after we have had our focus lesson of the day.

 

Math

Keith Country Day School uses the EnVision math series.  Kindergarten has 16 topics throughout the year, paced in a way to allow flexibility in the classroom, based on learning needs.  We use manipulative tools every day, Smartboard lessons and activities, and art projects to learn new concepts.  Every topic is introduced with a learning video that engages the students and prepares them for what we will be focusing on.  Each new topic also comes with a topic story, which is a great language arts connection and tool to introduce the new vocabulary.  These are highly interactive and encourage critical thinking.

Social Studies

Keith Country Day School strives to develop and foster a sense of community.  Through our kindergarten curriculum, students will learn what a community is, how it works, and who is in a community.  Unit 1 How Can we Learn to Get Along? is covered during the first quarter of school.  Students will learn how citizenship helps contribute to a safe and orderly community.  They will practice rules and demonstrate helpful behaviors modeled by community and national leaders.  This unit is designed as an introduction to being a productive and positive member of a classroom community.

Unit 2/Quarter 2 will focus on Community, Jobs, and Choice: An Introduction to Economics.  Students will build on their knowledge of when and where people live to help understand how to live.  Students will identify jobs that are performed within their community and how different jobs provide goods and services people need.  Students will also learn how to distinguish between needs and wants and will practice making choices and thinking of the results/consequences of those choices.

Unit 3 focuses on Where in the World Are We?  Quarter three will have students beginning to explore the concept of where. We will learn key words associated with location and use maps and globes to begin to understand how our Earth looks and where we fit in this great big world.  We will learn our address, phone number, and talk about the city and state we live in.  Our mentor text for this unit is called Me on the Map.

Our last unit of study focuses on history.  Students will learn to distinguish the past from the present and recognize when people lived.  Students will learn about famous Americans and important holidays throughout the year, but will build their understanding of past, present and change during this unit of study.  Each unit will have a performance task that will be completed both inside and outside of class.  These will be used as assessments to demonstrate what was learned during each unit of study.

Science

Kindergarten science is highly observational and investigative.  The students will begin their study of trees and what is made from trees that we use every day.  Students will explore a variety of materials and classify objects based on properties.  Kindergarten students will also study the life cycle and parts of a tree, how a tree is beneficial to the Earth and how to take care of our trees.  After the tree unit is complete, students will learn about living organisms, primarily water life and insects.  Students will again classify and sort a variety of living plant and water life based on various characteristics. Journal entries will be used regularly to record observations and thought processes. We are very fortunate to have the Atwood Outdoor Education staff here with us to foster the science curriculum inside and outside of our classroom!

I hope you navigate to this page often as I will post important updates and reminders every week!

Stephanie Johnson

Kindergarten
B.S. in Family and Child Studies from Northern Illinois University
M.A.T. in Elementary Education from National Louis University — Wheeling

2016 Golden Apple Teacher – Top 20 Finalist

Mrs. Johnson grew up in Illinois and started her educational career at Jefferson Elementary in Harvard, teaching Fourth grade before joining the Learning Tree in Huntley, IL as a preschool teacher. She is an expert in developing thematic units for young students and believes in a hands-on learning style through the use of manipulative and sensory exploration. She has a B.S. in Family and Child Studies from Northern Illinois University and a M.A.T. in Elementary Education from National Louis University.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Eric, and her two children, Chase and Olivia.

Email: stephanie.johnson@keithschool.net