Welcome to Linda's Ladybug Kindergarten!
Linda Toll teaches kindergarten at NCSA. She has been teaching for 22 years, mostly in kindergarten and first grade. Linda attended Chico State where she earned her degree in Liberal Studies. She received her Clear Multiple Subject Credential from Chapman University. What she loves most about her job is that every day is different. She enjoys working with people she admires and that make her laugh. She is married to Lew. He is an artist and is retired from teaching drawing and painting at Sierra College. Linda has two grown sons, Kyle and Travis, a daughter-in-law Alex, a grandson, Jackson and a granddaughter Astella and daughter- in- law Courtney. When she is not teaching she loves to read, garden, watch movies and travel.
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Here is a typical day:
There are 20 students in our mornings only kindergarten class. We have an aide to help us with small group work and many parent volunteers.
We gather each morning to sing songs, recite poems, count the days on the calendar and talk about our day. Next we move into small group instruction of the curriculum. Alphabet study, math skills, writing and reading are practiced at this time followed by outdoor play, snack and story time. Students recieve art instruction twice a week. Movement and music classes are once a week. We end the day with a chose of blocks, drawing, painting, and creative play. Everyone shares in caring for the classroom.
Science and social studies are taught in themes woven throughout the year.
- The Golden Rule
- Van Gough Sunflowers
- Apple dolls
- Special Person Day-sharing our thankful poems and songs. A gentle introduction to performing for an audience.
- The five senses
- Farm trip
- Water exploration-ice sculptures
- Arctic animal study of Alaska
- Martin Luther King Jr.
- Gift giving, crafts, crafts, crafts
- 100 days of school celebration
- We take a trip to the library and visit the Rood Center to see our art work on display
- We go to the Mud Hut to make an arctic scene with clay.
- Valentine's day
- Growing seeds
- Caterpillars, frogs and eggs
- Author study: Eric Carle
- Farm animals
- Too Much Noise! play performance for our families
- Portfolio night
- We end the year with a trip to the Folsom zoo sanctuary.
Field Studies/Events for this class:
Food Love Project $ 5
Memory Book $ 5
Mud Hut $11
Folsom Zoo $11
Train $ 6