Mrs. Stephanie Bergland

Kindergarten Teacher
Welcome to the Kindergarten page! I hope you enjoy all of the news and excitement our Kindergarten class has to share.
Email  bergland@ndvsf.org

What's Happening in Kindergarten

Busy in Kindergarten!

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We’ve had a fantastic start to the school year. We’ve been so busy having fun and learning. Check out some of the activities we’ve been up to in Kindergarten so far this year.

Working on letter and sound awareness during Literacy Stations.

Learning to play fun games and working together with our new friends.

Enjoying delicious caramel apples with our 8th grade buddies.

Responding to our story of the week. We are focussing on skills such as retelling, visualizing, inferring, and making predictions.

2017-2018 School Year

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Welcome Kindergarten Families!

I am excited to start this very special year of learning with you and your kindergartener. The classroom is a place where you can find your child taking leaps and bounds in all areas of development. From literacy to social emotional learning; we are growing our minds and hearts! We have a fun-filled year ahead of us, and be sure to check back on the Kindergarten webpage for important updates. You can read all about our curriculum, find the link for classdojo, and get a sneak peek at our field trips. See you soon!

Your teacher,

Mrs. Bergland

A Community of Learners

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From our Polar Express day to celebrating the 100th day of school on February 2nd, we are always learning and growing. We are becoming excellent readers and learning many new word families and sight words. We can count to 100 by 5’s and 10’s, we love to find fun ways to demonstrate number bonds, and we can measure and compare items in our classroom. We recently finished a unit on Arctic animals and can’t wait to keep discovering more about the World! Check out some pictures from our past learning adventures:

Practice with word families in reading groups.

Practice with word families in reading groups.

Our "number museum" to create number bonds to 10.

Our “number museum” to create number bonds to 10.

Measuring items in the classroom.

Measuring items in the classroom.

Penguins!

Penguins!

Hard workers during our Polar Express themed day.

Hard workers during our Polar Express themed day.

100th day

Counting our 100th day snack!

Counting our 100th day snack!

Busy Kindergarteners!

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In the last few weeks we have read some wonderful stories about the importance of always trying our best and not giving up. We may not be able to do the task just yet, but by continuing to try, great things will happen! We’ve also focussed on expressing ourselves clearly and learning what empathy means. We read the story The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds and completed an art project in the classroom where we created our own beautiful Dots.

"Dot" art

“Dot” art

Reading groups are going great in Kindergarten! We’ve been focussing on print concepts, sight words, and retelling.

Responding to reading!

Responding to reading!

Buddy time is one of our favorite times at NDV. Recently the Kindergarteners made lunches for the Gubbio Project. We love our buddies, but we especially love giving back to the community!

buddy-sandwhiches

packing lunches and making yummy PB&J sandwiches.

Packing lunches and making yummy PB&J sandwiches.

September in Kindergarten

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September was such a fun month in our classroom. We’ve made so many new friends, read interesting texts, and even met our 8th grade buddies! Take a look at the pictures below to catch a glimpse into our exciting first month at NDV.

Studying animals and celebrating St. Francis of Assisi.

Studying animals and celebrating St. Francis of Assisi.

Responding to reading: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!

Responding to reading: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!

Caramel Apples with our buddies.

Caramel Apples with our buddies.

Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!

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Hello all! I hope everyone had a fun-filled summer. It’s the beginning of your Kindergarten year, and I am so excited to watch you grow and learn this year! I taught 3rd grade at NDV last year, and have worked in schools in San Jose, CA, Phoenix, AZ and even Seoul, South Korea. I am looking forward to the new school year with all of you!

Curriculum

Language Arts: Kindergarten is language! This year your child's progress in language arts and reading is observable through these major milestones:

  1. Letter recognition
  2. Recognizing letters have specific sounds
  3. Print is everywhere, and we can start to read it!
  4. Recognizing basic sight word and word families
  5. words create sentences, and sentences create stories we can read!

http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/K/

Math: Children will develop and explore number relationships all year. We follow the Eureka Math curriculum in Kindergarten. Their progress can be celebrated through these major math milestones:

  1. Develop a strong number sense
  2. Identify numbers 1-30 (and beyond!)
  3. Adding and subtracting
  4. Recognize basic shapes, measurements and time
  5. Sort and Organize based on various attributes

http://www.corestandards.org/Math/

Social Studies: We are a community! Kindergarten is a year we discover communities, cultures, places, and historical events. The topics below are a brief overview of all that we learn:

  1. Understand that being a good citizen involves acting in certain ways
  2. Recognize national and state symbols
  3. Jobs!
  4. Compare and contrast the locations of people, places, and environments.
  5. Order events using a calendar
  6. Understand that history relates to events, people, and places of other times

http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/hs/cf/sbedrafthssfw.asp

Science: In Kindergarten, we are little scientists. We explore, experiments, and discover on a daily basis. Here's a summary of topics we'll cover this year:

  1. Science is physical; we can observe, measure and predict.
  2. Our world is filled with different types of animals and plants.
  3. Our Earth is made of land, air, and water.
  4. Investigating and experimenting

http://www.cde.ca.gov/pd/ca/sc/ngssstandards.asp

Religion: We discover the beauty of God's gifts in the World on a daily basis in the classroom. There are so many opportunities for us to learn more about God's love:

  1. The world is good and is God's gift to us.
  2. The Bible is God's Word to us and teaches us stories about God.
  3. Signs and celebrations of God's love.
  4. We are made in God's Image and likeness
  5. Jesus shows us how to make good choices
  6. The Saints show us how to love God.
  7. Prayer is how we listen and talk with God.

http://www.sfdcs.org/dcs/religion_curriculum

Please visit the Common Core State Standards' page below to get a more detailed look at all that is covered during your child's Kindergarten year.

http://www.corestandards.org/read-the-standards/

 

 

 

Field Trips

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Prayers

In Kindergarten the students will learn the following prayers in addition to creating their own personal prayers.

  • The Sign of the Cross
  • Guardian Angel Prayer
  • Hail Mary
  • Blessing with Holy Water
  • Glory Be

Homework

There will be no assigned nightly homework, except to be make sure you read with your child every night for 30 minutes.

Stay tuned for upcoming monthly family projects!

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