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Welcome to Mrs. Martino's Kindergarten Class!!!

Welcome to our kindergarten class webpage!  Thanks for stopping by.  Communication between the teacher and parents is very important.  This webpage will allow you to remain up to date with all of our fun and enriching class activities and projects!  I hope you enjoy exploring our class webpage!  Please make sure to check back monthly to learn more about what we have been working on and upcoming topics and skills to prepare for!

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What's happening in kindergarten?
 

In September, the kindergarten students spent time becoming familiar with classroom routines and establishing rules.  Morning meeting interactions enabled them to become better acquainted with one another.  They learned about each other’s names, families, birthdays and more during the literacy/social studies block.  They also created self portraits during these “All About Me” lessons.  They filled in clues about themselves to build "All About Me" riddles. Reading workshop lessons helped the kindergarteners learn about parts of books, directionality of text, and how to read with a partner.  Writing workshop got students into writing routines and following proper directionality.  They learned to make one mark per word of intended text.  In science, the students began to study the seasonal changes we see in the fall.  A seasonal highlight of each September is the celebration of Johnny Appleseed’s birthday and learning some interesting facts about this American folklore legend.  Math lessons incorporated the numbers 0-9 forwards and backwards, shape review, and graphing as a group.  The kindergarteners had a great time using apple stickers to help review patterning skills.

 

In October, the kindergarten students will be focusing on several letters of the week.  They will learn to recognize up to three weekly letters, print the letters, and identify and produce their sounds.  The students will begin to fill their class word wall with newly introduced sight words.  They will continue to practice printing their names using the correct letter formations.  The concepts of reading and writing from top to bottom and left to right will be reinforced.  In reading, students will begin to match words to pictures by observing first letters in words.  Students will apply what they know about letter sounds during their writing workshop unit, “Writing Like Scientists", by using patterns to help them to write more simple words.  In math, the following concepts will be reviewed and introduced: counting, using a “5 Frame”, and comparing numbers.  In science, the students will explore trees and weather changes.  The kindergarteners are looking forward to their trip to Shady Brook Farm.  There, they will pick pumpkins, go on a hayride, and meet some farm animals.  They will learn about the important job of our community helper the firefighter when they visit a local firehouse.  Our month comes to a close with the celebration of Halloween.  The children will participate in a school wide parade and a classroom party.   Check our site at the end of the month for pictures of the learning fun!

 

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My Teaching Philosophy

 

  My fundamental goal of teaching is to foster a love of learning in each child that crosses my path.  I achieve this goal by targeting the specific learning styles of my students and creating fun and enriching activities that meet our daily objectives.  I also believe that my students thrive in a nurturing and compassionate environment.  We work hard to build our classroom into a community of learners who care deeply for one another.  Successful teachers form a partnership with parents, and it is my goal to work together to provide each of my students the most successful kindergarten year possible.  If I could instill just one value to my students it would be that learning never ends!  My students see  how much we all learn, including me, each day.  Through these daily experiences they learn to become life-long learners!  Teaching is my passion and I believe you should be passionate about the things you love most!

 

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Meet Mrs. Martino...

Hi!  My name is Mrs. Martino and I am very excited to be your classroom teacher this year! 

A little about me~  My first name is Jennifer.  I am married and I have two daughters.   If you are in my class, you will be hearing a lot about them. :)  I live in Bordentown, NJ.  I went to The College of New Jersey where I majored in Elementary Education and Spanish.  I have been teaching at Clara Barton Elementary School in Bordentown for 11 years and I love it.