At Northside we welcome our Kindergarten students with smiles and warm hearts. Kindergarten is a wonderful time for students to learn and grow academically, socially, and emotionally. Many fabulous learning experiences take place in our Kindergarten classrooms each day so it is very important for students to be present and on time and ready to learn. Throughout the school year each student will experience many fun events including Johnny Appleseed Day, Year Parade, Vegetable Visitors, Umbrella Parade, Western Day and so much more!
Our Kindergarten curriculum covers all subjects with an emphasis on reading and math. The kindergarten experience begins with learning all letter names out of sequence and sounds. Students are required to learn 50 sight words, blend simple words and read approximately 50 level readers during the school year. Math goals for kindergarten include naming 2D and 3D shapes, counting to 100 by ones and tens, identifying numbers 0-20, and ordering numbers to 20. Students are also required to add and subtract fluently.
Kindergarten classrooms are all equipped with student computers, iPads, and daily centers or stations for students to utilize. Math manipulatives are used daily to enrich the learning experience along with a math meeting board. Students attend daily activities including Library, Physical Education, Guidance, Computer Lab, and Music.
We Love the Kindergarten Experience
The most enjoyable moments with our students are associated with their growth, both academically and socially. The first time a child reads a book on their own, the pure joy of playing outside with their friends, the hugs we receive daily, the amazing growth in maturity from the beginning to the end of the year, and the excitement of participating in the special events at school are just a few of the rewarding moments we have each year.
-Mrs. Lindsay Humphries, Mrs. Melissa Carman, Mrs. Shelly Stricklin, Mrs. Jennifer Cole, Mrs.Rachel McFerson
Expectations of Kindergarteners at Northside
Students entering kindergarten should have the ability to independently button, zip, and snap all clothing and to attend to their own personal bathroom needs. It is important for students to have these life skills in place in order to easily transition into kindergarten and feel confident. Students should also be able to recognize their first name and to write it correctly with only the first letter capitalized.
It is imperative for parents/guardians to be active in their student’s learning experience. Children must have a good night of rest and come to school prepared for the day. They should be exposed to reading and be able to answer who, what, and when questions. Parents can help their student by making sure homework is complete, reviewing daily classwork and reading to them daily. Attendance is also very important in their learning experience as well. Please try to schedule dentist and doctor appointments after school hours.