We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to Kindergarten at Stellar Elementary School. Our teachers are committed to providing a quality education for your child and will encourage children to become independent and self-confident throughout the school year. We are looking forward to partnering with you and your kindergartener to establish a love of learning through discovery, exploration, questioning and interaction with peers and teachers in a safe, nurturing environment. Most importantly, we look forward to making Stellar a positive experience for you and your child.
Here you will find the most current information for kindergarten students and their parents. Each classroom is managed by their respective teachers and contains detailed information for the individual class above and beyond the general grade level information found here.
Welcome to remote learning! We are so excited to begin this journey with you all. We will begin each day by logging into our classroom community via Zoom. Then we will continue the day mirroring a schedule, that is as similar as possible, to an in-person classroom schedule. Teachers will guide students through curriculum based lessons, activities, assignments and group work just as they would in the physical classroom. While parents and guardians will still need to be available to help students navigate technology, such as logging on to a class and transitioning between our specials classes, they will not be expected to sit beside their child throughout the daily instruction.
Kindergarten is a big year for students to learn how to be a student and learn school routines and independence. Development of their executive functioning skills is a key contributor to children being successful in school as it supports “how” they learn and “what” they learn. Executive Functioning is the “management system of the brain,” specifically, working memory, cognitive flexibility, and inhibitory control. Skills include children’s ability to pay attention, hold important information in their working memory, and regulate their impulsive behavior. We are halfway through the year and it is a good time to look at if there is anything more we can do to increase our student’s skills during remote learning.
Paying Attention and Staying Focused on Tasks:
Create an environment conducive to learning- Just like in the classroom, students should have a predictable space at home that supports their learning. If the house has other learners or workers, this can be a challenge to find a workspace that is not too distracting, but also doesn’t isolate them so they are easy to check on. Consider environmental factors like: quiet, toys removed, comfortable seating, lighting, roomy surface, etc.
Breaks-When there are breaks in the schedule, students would benefit from a structured break. Most students benefit from movement, snacks, and hydration incorporated in their breaks throughout the day. It will make it easier for the portions of the day that require them to pay attention when sitting and focusing on the computer.
Visual Reminders- Sometimes just a visual picture is enough to remind a student of virtual learning procedures or where to find computer icons so that they can begin to be more independent with the computer.
Schedule- keep a visual schedule for your students so that they know what class they are in, how long it is, and what will be next. This will keep their mind and body organized. Allowing them to check off each class will also give them a sense of accomplishment. A visual schedule has been enclosed which you can use.
Materials- Make sure your student has all necessary materials that they need to complete all assignments.