University of Michigan, Room 3
    Professor Michelle Sandoval, Kindergarten
     Welcome to Kindergarten! My name is Mrs. Sandoval, and I am so excited to be your child's AM Kindergarten teacher. We will be busy learning, growing, making new friends, and having fun this school year!  As one of your child's first teachers, I have the AWESOME responsibility of developing a strong foundation and love for education, within your children.  I am eager to teach and guide these newest little Scholars through this year of wonder, excitement, and growth.  I would like to let all of you know that our classroom door is always open. We truly are "partners" in your child's educational process, and communication will be one of the keys for success! I will do everything within my power to make this first step for your children, a positive experience that they will never forget!



    Themes for the month of January will include: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ,Kindness, Friendship, Snowman, January STEAM Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math activities

    PhonicsStretching words out to hear/identify individual sounds. Listening for beginning/ending sounds, Blending sounds together to make words, Letter/sound of the week, Syllables, Rhyme     abc

    Reading - Skills taught will include:

    "Sounding Out" - When I come to a word that I don't know: I look for a picture clue. I name each letter, I name each letter sound, then I blend those sounds together quickly, and read the word.

    Tracking - I use my pointy finger to point underneath each word, follow it with my eyes, and read each word that I point to.

    Identifying: letters, words, sentences, punctuation, "Popcorn" sight words

    Directionality - Words are always read from left to right. 

    "Popcorn Words" are the Kindergarten sight words that "Pop" up most often in text.  We also write these words often. Popcorn words are meant to be memorized (never sounded out) so that when a child sees them, they can be read very quickly without "sounding out".

    Writing - Skills taught will include :

    Using high frequency words and phonetic "kid spelling" to compose sentences.

    Spacing -  Leave one finger space between words.  

    Directionality - Words are written from left to right and top to bottom. 

    MathComparing and Ordering numbers 11-19 Understanding Addition  Shapes - Hexagon Pattern - ABAAB pattern   



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    Curriculum and Instruction for the Week of January 15th - 19th

    Theme of the Week : Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. , Snowman

    Phonological Awareness:   Phonetic "kid" spelling, Blending, Identify Ending Sounds, Syllables, Rhyme Create CVC words using the letters: Dd, Mm, Aa, Ss, Tt, Pp, Oo, Cc, Ii, Nn, Hh, Ee

     Wonders Unit 5 

    Letter/sound of the week: Review 

    Reading: Close Reading - Reading for information and comprehension. Referring back to the text to answer simple text dependent questions.

    Read simple emergent texts that contain sight words and pictures. 

    Writing: Shared Writing “My Snowman has.....”, “We can all be....”

    Concepts of Print :

    Role of Author/Illustrator, Parts of a book:Front cover, Back cover, Spine, Title.

    High Frequency "Popcorn" Sight Words:  

    Introduce: with, he, is

     Review - I, can, the, see, we, a, like, to, and, go, you, do, my, are

    Color of the week: white 

    Concepts - Comparing and Ordering numbers 11-19 Patterns (ABAAB) Shapes 

    Pearson Bridge  Math Topic 7 Understanding Addition 

    Number of the week:  14 - All about the number 14.  We will look at different ways to compose 14.

    Shape of the week: Hexagon - A hexagon has 6 sides that are equal. A STOP sign is a Hexagon. A Hexagon can also be called a "six-a-gon".

    Science - January STEM activities




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  • Events







    January  19th      Rhodes Family Game Night  - RINGO 5:30-8:00pm 

    January 29th       100th Day Of School Celebration 


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  • Writing


    When Kindergarten students begin to learn how to read and write, there are strategies that are taught to help the students find success. These strategies include :

    Phonetic Writing "Kid Spelling"

    The “Kid Spelling”/Phonetic writing process involves using the following strategies:

    1. First say the word that they want to write.
    2. Stretch out the word slowly, and in chunks.  (I.E. /b/-/a/-/t/) By stretching the word out and saying it slowly, they are able to hear the beginning, middle, and ending sounds in the word.
    3. Last, write the letters that represent the sounds that THEY hear in the word.  This type of spelling is often incorrect. 

    We have started to learn Diagraph Blends. /th/, /sh/, /ch/

    The students will start to use these blends when writing.

     children reading

    The Reading Process includes:                                                        

    1. Looking at the picture for clues.
    2. Looking at the word and naming each letter.
    3. Saying each letter sound.
    4. Quickly "squeezing" those sounds together to read the word.
    5. Daily sight word practice.  Sight words are words that are commonly read, spoken, and used in writing.  Memorization of these sight words allows the student to read them very quickly when seen in print.  This helps build reading fluency.

    Please use these strategies for writing and reading at home with your child.  

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  • Kindergarten Snack                              snack       

    Kindergarten students will need to bring a snack everyday. We have a very limited amount of time (20 minutes) allotted for eating and playing.  Please pack one or two food items, and one drink.  Examples include:  1/2 apple slices, juice 1/2 sandwich, a small bottle of water, crackers, cheese, or fruit snacks.   Please try to limit the amount of sugary snacks.  Children will NOT be allowed to share their snack with others. We do have a number of children with severe food allergies, and we need to be diligent in making sure that they do not have a reaction. Please be sure to include all utensils, a napkin, and please make sure that you write your child's name on the lunch pail/bag. I can not heat food up. I will send a note home, when I will provide snack for the day and your child will not need to bring their snack from home.




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    Drop Off
    Our "drop off" zone is located in the bus lane off San Antonio Drive.
    Please pull along side the curb (please drive up as far as you can go) and drop your child off. There will always be a teacher or staff member on duty, that will help your child get out of the car, when help is needed. Please do not get out of your car. This will impede the flow of traffic.

    Your child will walk through the gate and meet me at our designated line up spot (next to the Kindergarten gate). After lining up, we will walk into class together.

     Please make sure that your "White Kindergarten Bus Lane" placard is visible at all times.

    Pick Up
    Our "pick up" zone is located at the front of the school.  Once you enter the lot, Please be sure to drive AROUND the tall yellow cones to the right, around the parking area on the west side of the campus, alongside the basketball courts, and alongside the red curb.  PLEASE DO NOT CUT IN FRONT OF CARS BY, BYPASSING THE LINE, AND NOT FOLLOWING THE FLOW OF CARS.

    I will walk the students out through the double office doors at the end of our school day. We will line up on the red line and I will walk each child to their car and help them get in.  Please drive up as far as you can go. I will walk your child all the way down the lane to you. Please do not get out of your car.   Please continue to help your child practice BUCKLING their seat belts all by themselves.  

    Tuesday (and ALL School-Wide Minimum Days) "pick up" zone 
    On Tuesdays (and ALL School-Wide Minimum Days), all Kindergarteners will be picked up in the "bus lane" off San Antonio Drive.  Please pull along side the curb and go up as for as you can.  I will walk your child to the car and help them get in.  Please do not get out of your car.      
     Please make sure that your "White Kindergarten Bus Lane" placard is visible at all times.
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