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Teacher - Ms. Jenny Smith

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Teacher/Aide - Mrs. Kenya Buchanan

Welcome to Kindergarten!

I am Ms. Jenny Smith and I love teaching Kindergarten because these students amaze me! I love the early childhood years because it is exciting to see them take these first steps of reading and writing and learning in so many ways. I have been here at Immanuel for around 20 years! I worked in preschool, third grade and I have been teaching Kindergarten with my teaching partner, Kenya Buchanan, now for several years.

In Kindergarten, we are introducing these students to elementary learning. We want each student to feel special, safe, loved, and to enjoy school. This is the most important thing to us. Mrs. Buchanan and I love to be here with our students, we plan fun, learning activities to help our students experience the joy of learning. "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1). We will start at the beginning as we read and study God's word. Our Bible stories will progress through the Old Testament and switch to the New Testament at Christmas time. Our learning will include Bible memorization each week, to store His word in our hearts.

In Kindergarten, we love getting the students reading right away. I have reading books ready all levels of reading ability. The students will begin with the most simple texts and move to more difficult levels as they grow during the school year. Throughout the year we will work on phonics skills and add to our sight word list. Advanced readers can use the Reading Counts program to encourage reading and comprehension. We also will read many greats books together as we read to the class.

We write every week. We will begin with the basics, learning penmanship and the alphabet. We will learn to write sentences and paragraphs. We will use our writing skills to write letters, cards, and author our own books.

In math, we will also be learning how to form our numbers correctly. We will count in many ways including toys, friends, calendar days, days of school, and coins, just to name a few! We will learn to group objects and count by fives, tens, and twos. We will introduce clocks, geometry, and work with patterns. We will do addition, subtraction and work with story problems. Math is a time of fun, hands-on activity!

We will enjoy many fun activities in science and social studies as well. We learn about plants and animals, landforms and maps, community, American heroes, and symbols. We learn about matter, states of matter, seasons, and weather. At curriculum fair time, the students enjoy making a 3D model. This project is usually either an insect or an American symbol.

Another bonus in Kindergarten recently, is an introduction to the ukulele. I am enjoying this instrument so much myself that I want to include it in my teaching and to encourage students to learn to play as they are interested. I hope it will be the beginning of a lifetime of music for each young person.

Theme Verse

This year our theme verse is about being a servant. "The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for man" (Matthew 20:28). Our students will learn to serve others in many ways in the classroom, working together as a family and looking to Jesus as a model. We hope by serving these students in love, the will feel Jesus' love. We hope by serving these students in our classroom, you will feel our love and also feel a part of the Immanuel family. Welcome to our Kindergarten family!