“You can find magic wherever you look.  Sit back and relax, all you need is a good book.” -Dr. Seuss

“I am thrilled to be back at City Academy for another year.  I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to help children learn to love reading and also learn how to read themselves!”

Melanie Gunn
Kindergarten Language Arts Teacher


Inside the Classroom

Welcome to Kindergarten!  Each week we will be rotating centers including writing, listening, word work, and reading.  We will also be implementing robotics, art, and free choice on Fridays!

Curriculum-  We will be using the following curriculum this year:

Writer’s Workshop by Lucy Calkins

Reader’s Workshop by Lucy Calkins

Fundations by Wilson Language Basics

Weekly Homework

We want our students to love reading so much they will choose to read a book instead of watching TV.  We will be sending home our new books every week.  Depending on your child’s reading ability, you should be reading to your child or listening to them read for at least 20 minutes a night.  After you read with your child, we encourage you to ask questions about the story.  Asking questions after you read will help develop reading comprehension. We want the children to journal about the books at home.  Three journal entries a week is plenty.  The journals this year will be located in your child’s homework binder.  Homework binders should be stored in the clear bins near the front door along with the library book bags.  Book bags will come home on Mondays with new books and must be returned on Fridays.

The focus of homework should be reading, journaling and sight words.

Sight words- 10 minutes per night

– Sight words are intended to be a fun activity that you can do with your child.   IT IS ALL ABOUT THE GROWTH THEY MAKE!

RAZ Kids (Kids A-Z)- not required but recommended

-Students will have access to hundreds of books on their reading level.  Once a week I ask that they record themselves reading a book on the app so I can hear how they read at home.  Sometimes I may assign a specific assignment.  I will let you know when I do assign one.

Reading- 20 minutes per night

  • Please read with your child (if they can read, then have them read the book to you; if they cannot read the book, read to them. Have them pick out some of the words they know!)
  • Ask some questions from the following link- Questions for reading

Journaling– 3 times a week (students should draw a detailed picture and write at least 3 sentences about the story)

Homework Breakdown 102218

K and 1 Sight Word List Levels 1-10

Kids A-Z Login Page

Helpful Links

Kids A-Z
PBS Kids

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