7380 Girard Ave

La Jolla, California

858.459.3773

Welcome to Kindergarten

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Mrs. Libby Grogan

Kindergarten Teacher
Extension 124 or 143
Room 18 or 19
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Ms. Wahl

Kindergarten Teacher
Extension 124 or 143
Room 18 or 19
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About Kindergarten: It is the goal of the Gillispie Kindergarten to provide a smooth transition bridging the early childhood and elementary school programs. We are dedicated to challenging our students to greater achievement while responding to each child individually. Understanding that play is the work of young children, we continuously encourage our children to grow both socially and academically throughout our busy days. Along with library, music, Spanish, and P.E., art becomes a specialty class in kindergarten. Learning is enhanced with weekly use of iPads and laptop computers. Students will study the La Jolla community and take an in-depth look at the continent of Australia. Integrating social studies and science provides an opportunity for these young learners to make connections while gaining a global perspective.

Key programs and texts: Fundations; Fountas and Pinnell; Steck-Vaughn “Pair-It” Reading; Jr. Great Books; Learning Headquarters Writing; Math in Focus (Singapore Math).

Gillispie learners are working to make connections between subjects each and every day. Teachers design interdisciplinary projects that engage students in a wide variety of relevant content and build essential skills.  Every six days our Kindergarten students will learn and explore a wide variety of topics in; Math; Reading; Writing; Science and sustainability; Social studies; PE; Spanish; Art; Music; Technology; and Library.

“We are dedicated to challenging our students to greater achievement while responding to each child individually.”

 
 

Literacy: The processes of reading and writing go hand-in-hand, and many of the activities in Kindergarten address both of these skills. Through alphabet games, poetry, read-aloud, word-building activities, morning message, journaling, and more, the children gain the foundations necessary to see themselves as beginning readers and writers. As the school year progresses, they will become more comfortable with decoding and sounding out words, as well as recognizing key sight words. Throughout the year, we will continuously address both the phonetic nature of words as well as the deeper comprehension of text. Children will be continuously assessed and activities will be planned based on their individual development and needs.

Children will gain reading practice in multiple settings throughout the day, including independent reading time, guided reading groups, shared read-alouds, and one-on-one reading with a teacher. We use a variety of texts, including phonetic readers, Sight Word books, and trade books. We also utilize the Pair-It book series, which provides the opportunity to explore both fiction and non-fiction texts. This series is used through the second grade at Gillispie.

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