Welcome to Teacher Holly’s Hummingbird Kindergarten!
“Kind hearts are the gardens, kind thoughts are the roots, kind words are the flowers and kind deeds are the fruit.” ~H.W. Longfellow
Holly LaChappell teaches kindergarten at NCSA. She has been teaching for 17 years, mostly in Kindergarten and Middle school Home Economics. Holly attended Sacramento State and National University. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology and also earned her Preliminary and Clear Multiple Subject Credential. What she loves most about her job is having the opportunity to interact with the children. She loves their ideas, personalities and the way they think. Holly is married to her best friend, Jeff. He is an entrepreneur and works from home with a Health and Wellness company. Holly has three grown children: Olivia, Blake and Juliet and a new son-in-law, named Eric. When she is not teaching she enjoys running, riding her bike, reading, arranging fresh flowers, cooking and drinking lattes with her friends.
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On Tuesday, August 28th, you are invited to come meet me, see our classroom and look around the school between 11am-12:30 pm for a Scavenger Hunt and Tour in our Kinder room! Please plan on attending the day BEFORE school begins so your child feels comfortable with their new environment.
I’d also like to invite you to our meet your new Hummingbird and Ladybug Kinder friends and family Picnic! I will let you know the Picnic details when school begins.
In Kindergarten we strive to show loving kindness to one another throughout our day.
There are 20 students in our morning’s only kindergarten class. We have an aide to help us with small group work and many parent volunteers.
Here is a typical day:
We gather each morning to sing songs, recite poems, practice counting as well as 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 receive art instruction twice a week. Movement and music classes are once a week. We end the day with a choice of blocks, drawing, painting, and creative play. Everyone shares in caring for the classroom and each other.
Science and social studies are taught in themes woven throughout the year.
- The Golden Rule
- Van Gough Sunflowers
- Ourselves and our Families
- Special Person Day-sharing our thankful poems and songs. This is a gentle introduction to
- performing for an audience.
- The Five Senses
- Food Love Farm-our first field trip
- Water exploration-ice sculptures
- Arctic animal study of Alaska
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Gift giving, crafts, crafts and 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 and classroom Post Office
- Growing seeds
- Caterpillars, frogs and eggs
- Author study: Eric Carle
- Farm animals
- Magnificent Animal night-our performance for our families!
- Portfolio night
- We end the year with a trip to the Folsom zoo sanctuary.
Social Curriculum – Teaching Children to Care and Passage Works
Field Studies/Events for this class:
Food Love Project $ 5
Memory Book $ 5
Mud Hut $11
Folsom Zoo $11
Train $ 6