2008-2009 Electronic Newsletter for Kindergarten

The Kindergarten students have been working on a variety of projects this year. I would like to share our work with you. As we work on the Internet, I have taught the students to find the links through a website called delicious. If your children would like to use the websites at home, they should be able to click on the All Tags link on the right side of the screen and navigate to the Kindergarten links. They will most likely need your help finding the website. I have included notes for each website to help you help them.

Saint Michael Delicious account

There is a link saved to send your name to Mars on a computer chip. We did not do this in class. You may use the link with your child if it is of interest to you. My whole family is sending our names to Mars on the 2011 mission. As a parent, you may be interested in creating your own Delicious account. You can save bookmarks and open them on any computer.

As the year progresses, I work on many different projects with the Kindergarten students. You may click here or click on the word Kindergarten on the left side of the screen to see my plan for the year.

My program of choice in the Kindergarten program is Kid Pix. It allows me to show the students how to use many different tools while we practice concepts being learned in the classroom. You have probably seen many printouts come home in the backpack over the course of the year.

Once the students complete the project for the week, they may use their choice of several educational games. They enjoy A to Zap!, Thinkin' Things 2, JumpStart Kindergarten Advanced, and Math Blaster Ages 5-7.

The students shared their drawings and singing via a video. You might enjoy looking at it and the projects completed by other Kindergarten students around the country.

We recently enjoyed watching a video of the book Make Way for Ducklings through Discovery Streaming. The students used our Activote devices to show their comprehension. We won these devices with the CDWG/ Discovery prize. We used Google Earth to travel the path of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard. You can download Google Earth for free.

We used the Activboard to practice simple number and size concepts.

Mrs. Aslanian's class had a Skype call with John Aslanian from his base in Iraq. It was a surprise gift from Mrs. Oro to Mrs. Aslanian for Christmas.

The school has a Flickr account to store photos taken throughout the school day. Please take some time to enjoy the photos. Click on a blue word (tag) to see that collection of images.