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  • Subject: New at Kindergarten
  • From: Lezlie Steffen LadyLLS2@AOL.COM
  • Date: Sun, 6 Aug 1995 14:14:07 -0400
  • Reply-To: A Practical Discussion List Regarding Deaf Education EDUDEAF@UKCC.UKY.EDU
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  • Hi! Well I am back to school starting Wednesday...... I have taught preschool for four years and will be team teaching with the current Kinder teacher this year. She is very structured and comes from a different perspective in teaching.... I am very "play" oriented with "Centers." I am trying to be a "compromiser." Does anyone out there teach Kindergarten.... If so how would you structure the day. How much large group as opposed to small group and individual activities? We have a full day 8:15 - 3:00. The kids go to Art/Deaf Studies/Drama and PE.

    So far I plan to have a group time in the a.m. to do a short 5 minute or less calendar, followed by show or tell or news from home time followed by individual journals, then storytime and related activities and then the kids will go to specials when they come back it will be time for lunch and outside play. Then have centers in the afternoon (math, writing, science, games, etc....). Other ideas???

    Thanks in advance,

    Lezlie

    New Kinder teacher wanting any feedback!!!

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  • Subject: Re: New at Kindergarten
  • From: Gretchen Miller ALV_SELVAGE@GALLUA.GALLAUDET.EDU
  • Date: Mon, 7 Aug 1995 10:10:07 -0500
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  • Lezlie:

    I went to kindergarten from teaching 4-6 grades for 3 years, and the ONE thing I learned very quickly was.... THEIR attention span lasts about 10 minutes on a good day. so. Centers city is the way I set up my classroom... and we did some large group stuff throughout the day, but largely my schedule was based on 15 minute increments. I do not think you will find too much difference between your preschool schedule and your new kindergarten schedule. I based learning on play, language on play but added a fair amount of writing and reading time, as those are the deficit areas in which they struggle so.....what I really loved about kindergarten is I really saw so very much progress and the kids were pretty much on grade level! Something I did not see with the 4-6 graders. The kids got to feel pretty much the same as the others. However, they also were gaining some awareness from the hearing kids in our school that THEY were a little different...that is to say, the hearing kids were noticing the deafness and up until this point no one really "cared" if our kids could hear...or talk...perfectly. I followed our general education kindergarten curriculum fairly closely... and actually really enjoyed that age...and that year.. BUT then was handed an opportunity to go to middle school and work with multimedia---and grabbed it!

    So, Lezlie, keep us posted on how your year goes, and enjoy each 15 min increment you have!

    Best of Luck!

    Gretchen Miller Kingan

    (just got married for the 2nd and last! time--new name Gretchen Kingan)

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  • Subject: Re: New at Kindergarten
  • From: Cheryl Christian Cheryl_Christian@NYNET.NYBE.NORTH-YORK.ON.CA
  • Date: Tue, 8 Aug 1995 00:04:55 GMT
  • Organization: North York Board of Education
  • Reply-To Cheryl_Christian@nynet.nybe.north-york.on.ca
  • Sender: A Practical Discussion List Regarding Deaf Education EDUDEAF@UKCC.UKY.EDU
  • Hi Lezlie,

    I taught kindergarten and junior kindergarten for several years.....granted, these were hearing children but I think a lot of the same things can apply. Our program was only half days but I ran a structured routine of centers and work activities as well as stories, songs and calendar, show and tell, snack etc. My half day usually went something like this....the children came in and we did attendance, show and tell and talked of new things. Next was Large Muscle activities.....bikes and wagons, climber, big blocks, house center etc. and I rotated the children through various ones so that I knew they had exposure to all areas throughout the week. Then we'd have some music and a story and snack. Then small muscle activities which included reading readiness, number readiness, painting, play dough etc. Once again, I made sure every child attempted these activities as the week went along. I found that although the children are young, they can sit and listen very well for quite some time if they are led into it gently and that time increased a bit each day. Usually as they entered, we had a quite silent reading (looking at books) time to settle them down for their day at school. They are a great age group to work with and I hope you find them as much fun as I did.

    Cheryl

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