Welcome to Kindergarten!
Greetings and welcome to Kindergarten! My name is Mrs. Karen Dunn. I am new to St. Bridget School, but, I am not new to teaching! I have been a teacher for the past 19 years and my experience is vast. I have taught both Kindergarten and First Grade respectively, (I even had a stint teaching 6th grade)! I obtained my B.A. in English, from Central Connecticut State University, and have my Provisional Teacher Certification in K-6, I am state licensed to work with children birth-5, and I work part-time as an Education Consultant for a private preschool.
My husband is a 5th grade math teacher and I have two wonderful daughters aged 13 and 5. I am an avid runner, (I run the Hartford Half Marathon every year); I love to cook, read and spend time with my family at the beach in Rhode Island. I am so excited to be back in the Kindergarten classroom! I know that we will have an amazing year filled with fun, adventure and lots of learning!
We learn many things in Kindergarten. Our faith is incorporated throughout our daily activities. We learn about God and all the wonderful things He created. We talk about how God made each of us unique; blessed with our own special gifts. We recognize that we are part of a Church community and a member of God’s family. Throughout the school year, we are introduced to many saints and learn what it takes to become a saint. Most importantly, we practice loving others like Jesus.
We are working on letter recognition, letter formation, and letter sounds. We are learning to write sentences with proper capitalization, spacing, and punctuation to express our thoughts and feelings. We will be learning about the different genres of literature such as fiction, nonfiction, and fairy tales. We are beginning to read and spell high frequency words.
We will be investigating numbers to 30. We will be using ten-frames, cubes, and other manipulatives to compare and order groups of objects up to 30. They will add and subtract numbers to 10. The children dabble with geometry through the investigation of solid and plane figures. We will learn to tell time to the hour and half hour. They especially love learning about money, the value of coins, and how to count groups of coins.
One student told me that the best part of the day is “when we learn with our math books and find out what is missing.” Recognizing problems and finding solutions is a big part of our school day. It is a skill that does not just apply to math!
“I like learning to count to 100.”
“I like when I play with my friends.”
“I like making stuff.”
“I like learning numbers in Spanish.”
“I like being together.”
“I like my class and the kitchen!”
“I like playing outside.”
“I like art!”
“I like that I am with my friends and I can play.”
“ We get to be friends.”