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Curriculm Details


May 14-18


Language Arts:

Unit 9 Week 3 Wonders

letter sounds  long o-e

High Frequency Words : look where


Adding and subtracting within 10

Writing Numbers 1-30




Farm  Animals and Farm to Fork

Plants and Animals and Changing Environments



Social Studies:

California Symbols and Landmarks 

Walk to Language

Walk to Language

New Spirit Wear

We have new spirit wear!  Click on link below to see the new awesome things for our Monte Gardens Community


Purchase your new Monte Gardens Spirit Wear here.





Open House May 17th 6-7 pm


Kindergarten Olympics June 1st : ALL students come from 8:05 - 11:30  ( Please see notes on  donation of $10.00)


May 30th Family BBQ  5:30 pm Please see Shutterfly sign up for potluck donation


Dad's Day June 5th Am 8:30 - 9:00 PM 12:30 - 1:00PM Dads or siginificant other come for a speical craft and treat 


Kinder Promotion June 7th @10:15am (arrive early we start promptly at 10:15)


Field Trips


On days of our trips ALL students come as earlies and leave as laters so 8:05 - 1:10  Wear yellow shirts


Oakland Zoo May 25 2018




Scholastic Class Code


Why we have a song for everything

  • Singing is FUN
  • Singing builds language skills
  • Singing builds reading skills
  • Learning new songs builds self esteem
  • Singing with actions help develop motor skills
  • Singing build memory skills
  • Singing build social skills
  • Singing together develops relationships

Number Talks In Kindergarten


What is a Number Talk?

A Number Talk is a short, ongoing daily routine that provides students with meaningful ongoing practice with computation. A Number Talk is a powerful tool for helping students develop computational fluency because the expectation is that they will use number relationships and the structures of numbers to add, subtract, multiply and divide

Number Talks should be structured as short sessions alongside (but not necessarily directly related to) the ongoing math curriculum. It is important to keep Number Talks short, as they are not intended to replace current curriculum or take up the majority of the time spent on mathematics. In fact, teachers need to spend only 5 to 15 minutes on Number Talks. Number Talks are most effective when done everyday.

What is the Goal of Number Talks?

The primary goal of Number Talks is computational fluency.

Children develop computational fluency while thinking and reasoning like mathematicians. Children are asked to make connections and look for relationships and thus are engaged in "doing mathematics." When they share their strategies with others, they learn to clarify and express their thinking, thereby developing mathematical language. This in turn serves them well when they are asked to express their mathematical processes in writing

In order for children to become computationally fluent, they need to know particular mathematical concepts that go beyond what is required to memorize basic facts or procedures. Students need to understand that:

• Numbers are composed of smaller numbers.

• Numbers can be taken apart and combined with other numbers to make new numbers.

• What we know about one number can help us figure out other numbers.

• What we know about parts of smaller numbers can help us with parts of larger numbers.

• Numbers are organized into groups of tens and ones (and hundreds, tens and ones and so forth.)

• What we know about numbers to 10 helps us with numbers to 100 and beyond

What is Computational Fluency?

The National Council for Teachers of Mathematics states that "Computational fluency refers to having efficient and accurate methods for computing. Students exhibit computational fluency when they demonstrate flexibility in the computational methods they choose, understand and can explain these methods, and produce accurate answers efficiently. The computational methods that a student uses should be based on mathematical ideas that the student understands well, including the structure of the base-ten number system, properties of multiplication and division, and number relationships."

A Number Talk is a powerful tool for helping students develop computational fluency because the expectation is that they will use number relationships and the structures of numbers to add, subtract, multiply and divide.


Math OverView for Kindergaarten

Grade K Overview

Counting and Cardinality

  • Know number names and the count sequence.
  • Count to tell the number of objects.
  • Compare numbers.

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Understand addition as putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from.

Number and Operations in Base Ten

  • Work with numbers 11-19 to gain foundations for place value.

Measurement and Data

  • Describe and compare measurable attributes.
  • Classify objects and count the number of objects in each category


  • Identify and describe shapes.
  • Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.

Mathematical Practices

  1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  4. Model with mathematics.
  5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
  6. Attend to precision.
  7. Look for and make use of structure.
  8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

Why We do Poetry Journals in Kinder

It’s important to help young children learn and love to read. Simple poems are excellent tools for literacy because they are fun word play.

  • The connection between pre-reading and reading skills and later success in school is clear. Academic success can prevent risky behaviors in older children (e.g., dropping out of school, substance abuse and crime).
  • There is a strong relationship between learning to read and preventing behavior problems.
  • Poetry builds a love of words. Sharing poetry opens communication—laughing together at funny poems or making a game of silly rhymes. Talking together now leaves the door open for older children to continue to communicate and share their feelings and concerns.

Janet Riley Locker

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Dear A-1 Families,

It is the time of year for reflecting and setting new goals for the upcoming year.  I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you for sharing your little ones with me each day.  The parent support with homework, reading, donations,and playground duty is so appreciated.  

I hope this year brings your family all the love and happiness you wish for. It is an honor to be a part of your child's life.  I treasure that and them.



Love Ms. Riley 

Riley's Kindergarten Beach Bums

Kinder Olympics

Kinder Olympics

Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mother’s Day

We are 100 days Smarter



Hello Amazing Parents


Oh my May is upon us!  We are down to 28 days left.  Pretty amazing and daunting!  we are rolling on full steam these days, so much to finish up and so much fun to be had.  

Please check the dates of all the upcomings!

We have a school auction currently going on right now.  Kindergarten teacher treat is Pizza and Painting come bid and join us for this great event.

We are finishing up our Wonders Units and beginning year end assessments.  I must say I am so proud of their progress it truly is astonishing. 

May is a fun month full of bugs and plants.  We are ready to get our seeds planted and dig in the dirt.   Happy May!


login: https//clever/in/mdusd

-Enter the id and password that is on the front of your homework folder.  Click on i-ready and begin!



Ms. Riley


Guided Reading


A glimpse of a day in the life of a kinder

Working Hard at Learning

Read Across America



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Each Wednesday is motor skills .  We need many volunteers so please look at your schedule and pencil us in! We are learning to tie shoes in kinder  they will get there : but until your child has this skill please put them in Velcro or slip one for motor skills .  Remember no tights and shorts must be worn under dresses and skirts. 

A word about handwriting

Recent research illustrates how writing by hand engages the brain in learning! We are beginning to engage our brains in kinder!  Please help your student by practice the strokes that have been coming home in the yellow folders.  Also I am noticing many issues with pencil grips and holding pencils.  I will continue to correct and teach proper grips and posture. You can also help at home by writing your child's name with the first letter capatilzed and the rest lower case ex: Jason.  I have notice lots and lots of capitals in the middle of names! We will be working on fine motor all year.  If I notice some real issues I will ask the OT to observe.  I will also send home some basic fine motor activites to do at home that wil help strengthen their hands! Off we go!



We have a great resource with RAZ-kids and many families are not taking advantage of it!  This program is at your child's fingertips and is very helpful in helping the kinders reinforce the concepts they need to be strong readers.  Each child has a login in and it is taped to their homeowrk folder.  I have always left everyone on their honor to login in weekly so I am counting on all of you to login and watch your child grow through this program!

Center Work



This is how to cut milk carton for our planting unit

This is how to cut milk carton for our planting unit

Our Auction Winners : Painting & Pizza

Our Auction Winners : Painting & Pizza

Change in Schedule DAYS

May 25th Zoo Trip: ALL students come as earlies 8:05 and dismissed at 1:10 (or when we arrive back if you want to take them home with you)


June 1 ALL students come as earlies 8:05 - 11:30  (Kinder Olympics)


June 7th ALL students come as earlies and dismissal is changed as well.  8:05 - 11:15

Auction Link

Bid on our teacher treat for Kindergarten!

Fun at the farm

Planting Unit

We are so excited to begin our planting unit!  Each child will need one wax 1/2 gallon milk carton (cut like the picture here on this blog scroll down to see) and two seed packets one vegetable and one flower, please write their name on the outside of the seed packets. Please have to class by 5/4/18


Kinder Olympic and Motor Skills Donation

We are collecting 10.00 per child to cover the cost of the olympic t-shirt, food for the event and a thank you gift for our volunteer motor skills coach I find collecting all at once for these things will make it easier for all of us!. For the tee-shirts it  better than having 23 parent scramble to get to the store and buy a white t-shirt.  I will order them and we will all have the same one and it just makes it easier on me! So please put your donation in an envelope marked Kinder Olympics and please get it to me by 4/25/18 so I can get them ordered!

We will be ordering lunch for kinder olympics.  We will have pizza, fruit, cookie and water.  We will also be putting together a gift for our volunteer motor skills coach to be presented at the kinder olympics.


Cost breakdown:

T-shirt $3.00

Lunch $5.00

Gift $2.00


Total $10.00


Thank you all so much for all the suport and love you continue to show our kiddos

Stem Lab

Pinwheels were a hit !!!

Pinwheels were a hit !!!

All You Need Is Love

PM Thursday Skills

We are in need of one parent volunteer each Thursday.  If you can help us out please hop on over to our Shutterfly volunteer site and sign up!


Police visit

Police visit


Homework is due Daily!!


Our Beach Bum Pledge

I am proud to be  a Mountain Lion.

I will be safe

I will be respectful

I will be responsible

I will be a social superhero

With all my actions,

In all my thoughts,

and in everything I say!

I am a Mountain Lion

Today and everyday!

Why art is Important

Compiled by Denise Dobson and Janet Riley

This is just a partial list based on the research


Increases brain activity: 

*grows new neurons

*Visual Discrimination- requires differentiating light and dark colors shape, location, distance and motion.

*Uses both hemispheres of the brain, communicating with each other

*Adds to emotional intelligence

*Increases brain plasticity, fluid attention and IQ scores


What your child will be learning in writing

Your child will learn to use writing for a variety of purposes in kindergarten, all of them practical. The first thing he's likely to master is how to print his own name correctly, using a capital letter at the beginning and lowercase letters for the rest. He'll learn to write numerals from 1 to 20 and a few core words. Most importantly, he'll be working on developing his fine motors skills as he learns how to write the alphabet in both capital and lowercase letters.


My Homework Rationale

Being a student myself for most of the 60's & 70's and a mother of 3 Post College graduates, I empathize with the argument that homework assignments are often random and can take unrealistic amounts of time to complete. With that in mind, I frequently consider the homework I assign to my own Kindergartners. As each new school year approaches I weigh the purpose of the assignments and consider if they are making a positive impact not only in my students learning, but also in my students home school connection with their parents.

To be a successful teacher, I endeavor to empower my students with the confidence and knowledge to succeed in their academic and personal lives

Our school manages to attain and be recognized and commended on  performance levels within our district and our  area. Our staff and students work very hard for their successes. To further contribute to these successes, I continually seek innovative ways to bring quality learning to my students in and outside of the classroom.  Luckily, we have always had the autonomy to choose what homework we assign to our students and I strive to create interesting and meaningful projects throughout the year that will help extend the home school connection.

The Home School Connection

One of the main goals of my homework assignments is to create opportunities for my students to interact with their parents and take time to learn about what makes themselves and their families special. We will have plenty of family projects that help with this. .

I always give the students time to present their projects in class.. The things they share can be quite insightful, touching and funny. I always display these projects so everyone can share in them

What About Traditional Daily Assignments?

Research has consistently shown that parental involvement in a child's learning is a key factor in that child's achievement in school. With the reality of the test driven world of education, many parents expect what they were given in school for homework, familiar daily or weekly assignments. I do agree with the rationale behind these daily assignments: 

  • Homework reinforces skills, concepts and information learned in class.

  • Homework prepares students for upcoming class topics.

  • Homework teaches students to work independently and develop self-discipline.

  • Homework encourages students to take initiative and responsibility for completing a task.

  • Homework allows parents to have an active role in their child's education and helps them to evaluate their child's progress.

  • Homework activities relate what is learned in school to children's lives outside of school and helps to connect school learning to the real world.

  • Returning these assignments daily gives me the opportunity to talk to the children about what they did and help correct any issues they might have had right away.


    Homework is an important time to review concepts learned at school, make connections and reflect; on self, family, friends, new or familiar information, and the world beyond.. Homework should be fun and full of discovery, not only your students, but for you as well!


Why we Play in Kindergarten

It is very important to make sure a child can sustain play.  When a child plays he or she is building social language, imagination and creativity.  Sustained play will teach a child how to focus on one topic at a time and help develop natural conversation skills.  More importantly, playing teaches a child new concepts, cognitive, fine and gross motor skills.  Using simple blocks as an example, a child may learn about construction, spatial awareness, balance, colors, sizes, shapes, etc.  If a child has delayed language, an adult could model a lot of functional language by simply talking about what kind of building he or she wants to build, suggest who might live in the building, or compare her building to something else.

What your child will learn in reading

Kindergarten is a year of discovery in reading and literacy. In the first few months of school, your child will learn to recognize simple words in print, including his own name and those of his classmates.  Letter-sound correspondence, phonemic awareness, sight word recognition,  rhyming and words families and concepts about print are the areas in which your child will expand his knowledge this year. By the end of the year some  of my kinders may even be reading a little bit.


Daily Schedules

For Kindergarten:

Early Group - 8:05am - 11:30am 
(Wednesday 8:05am - 11:30am)
Late Group - 9:45am - 1:10pm 
(Wednesday 9:05am - 12:30pm)

Riley, Janet






Numbers Galore Kindergarten Math

In Kindergarten, instructional time should focus on two critical areas: (1) representing and comparing whole numbers, initially with sets of objects; (2) describing shapes and space. More learning time in Kindergarten should be devoted to number than to other topics.

  1. Students use numbers, including written numerals, to represent quantities and to solve quantitative problems, such as counting objects in a set; counting out a given number of objects; comparing sets or numerals; and modeling simple joining and separating situations with sets of objects, or eventually with equations such as 5 + 2 = 7 and 7 – 2 = 5. (Kindergarten students should see addition and subtraction equations, and student writing of equations in kindergarten is encouraged, but it is not required.) Students choose, combine, and apply effective strategies for answering quantitative questions, including quickly recognizing the cardinalities of small sets of objects, counting and producing sets of given sizes, counting the number of objects in combined sets, or counting the number of objects that remain in a set after some are taken away.

  2. Students describe their physical world using geometric ideas (e.g., shape, orientation, spatial relations) and vocabulary. They identify, name, and describe basic two-dimensional shapes, such as squares, triangles, circles, rectangles, and hexagons, presented in a variety of ways (e.g., with different sizes and orientations), as well as three-dimensional shapes such as cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres. They use basic shapes and spatial reasoning to model objects in their environment and to construct more complex shapes.

High Frequency Words for Kinder

You can find all 40 high frequency words in the resource section of this blog.  These are the words we will be working on this year.  We usually follow a word a week format. 


Parents please remember to log your volunteer hours through Our Volts on our school website. Parent support and volunteer time directly effects each student in the class and helps to make Monte Gardens such a great school.