Welcome to Teacher Rachel’s Hummingbird Kindergarten!
This is Rachel’s first year at NCSA and she could not be more overjoyed to be joining such a wonderful community of parents, educators, and students. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and a Multiple Subject Teaching credential from William Jessup University. Within the program, she spent time student teaching within Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade classes primarily. Before pursuing teaching, she spent four years working at a Girl Scout summer camp in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, including positions such as unit counselor, unit leader, and program director. This ingrained her love of working with children and built within her, a desire to see all children flourish with excitement in a learning environment. In her free time, Rachel loves to attend and take part in performing arts events, relax with a book by the river, spend time with her family, travel, or go to coffee with friends.
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In Kindergarten we strive to show loving kindness to one another throughout our day.
There are 22 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 $ 7
Train $ 6