My name is Martine Reinhardt; this is my sixth year teaching kindergarten at Seven Hills Preparatory Academy. I am very excited to be teaching at the Richfield Campus and helping our school grow and succeed. Kindergarten is such a fantastic grade to teach. The kids are so eager to learn and grow; every day is a new and exciting experience!
Students in my class learn to love learning and facing new challenges. I want my students to feel successful and confident in their learning. We try new things, make many new friends, and find a learning opportunity in any situation. I am dedicated to enriching students' lives and helping them grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally.
I am also recently engaged! Dallas and I are planning a small summer wedding on our farm in June 2018. Outside of school, I like to read, watch movies, and be outside whenever possible. I love to go horseback riding. In any spare moment I may have, I am at the barn working on my horsemanship with my horses, Pebbles and Cash, and playing with my dog, Mira! I also have a pet pig named Myla! She loves to do tricks. I also love to read. I do not stick to one genre, but like to read books from a variety of authors and styles. Books have so much to teach us, especially when we least expect it.
I am also a coffee lover! Starbucks and Caribou Coffee are two of my favorite places to sit and relax, as well as catch up with friends and family!
I just love teaching kindergarten! We will be making new friends, new discoveries, and new memories every day!
All School Information:
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Scholastic Book Orders
Each month I send home a new scholastic book order. You can also look at books online at scholastic.com. If you are interested in purchasing some books, there are a few different options for ordering!
Send a check to school along with the completed order form
Order online with the classroom code L7R98
Snacks and Food in the Classrooms
Seven Hills Classical Academy is a NUT AND PEANUT FREE SCHOOL! Due to severe food allergies of students and staff, children will not be allowed to bring ANY snacks or food that contains or may contain nuts or peanuts.
ONLY FOOD FROM THE APPROVED SNACK LIST WILL BE ALLOWED IN CLASSROOMS.
It is of the utmost importance that each parent and child understands the severity of this rule and follows it explicitly! Some allergies are so severe that they are life threatening.
Parents should make sure that they pack lunches that do not include peanut butter, peanuts or any nut product. Please check all labels carefully. Any snacks that are brought to school should remain in their original wrapper so the food labels can be checked. Thank you for understanding.
Your child’s birthday is a special day and we like to recognize your child on his/her birthday or as close to the date as possible. For those who have summer birthdays, you can celebrate a Half-Birthday or choose a day to celebrate in May or June. Each birthday child will be given a birthday crown to wear on his/her special day. Celebrating and sharing treats with the Kindergarten class is fine as long as arrangements have been made with the classroom teacher. Any snacks that are brought to school should be small, child-sized portions.
The teacher will not be giving a birthday party. The birthday will be celebrated during a scheduled snack time. Please remember when planning your child’s birthday party, keep in mind the feelings of all the children at school. Unless all the boys and girls are invited to a party, please do not have your child pass out invitations at school or on the bus. The class directory will be the best way to contact families or mail invitations.
We use our C.A.R.E.S in Kindergarten!
Reading at Home
In Kindergarten it is important to read daily with your children. After reading a book it is important to have a discussion about the book mo matter how simple or challenging the book. Here are some things to do with your children:
What is the Message? Focus on the message of the book no matter how simple. Ask your child:
- What was your favorite part?
- Which character do you like? Why?
- Did this story remind you of somthing that has happened to you?
Word Trouble When your child struggles witha word in the book, first wait and give your child thinking time to figure the word out on his or her own. If the child still can't solve the word, ask one or two of these questions:
- What would make sense there?
- What could you try?
- What do you know a word that starts like that?
The most important thing is to read with your child and get them to love books!!!!
The goal of kindergarten math curriculum is to prepare children for first grade math. Please see below a list of objectives and goals for kindergarten math:
- To count by rote to 120
- The concepts of equality, more, and less
- To classify and sort objects
- To describe, extend, and build simple patterns
- To count backwards from 20 to 0
- To use one-to-one correspondence to count atleast 31 objects
- To recognize numbers to 31 and beyond
- To be able to write numbers
- To recognize basic flat and solid shapes
- to understand up, down, under, near, on the side, etc. (basic directions)
- To have a very basic idea of addition and subtraction
- It also helps to expose the student to two-digit numbers.
Children may also get started with money, time, and measuring, though it is not absolutely necessary to master any of that. The teacher should keep it playful, supply measuring cups, scales, clocks, and coins to have around, and answer questions.
Mathematics starts with COUNTING. Let children count all kinds of things they see or use. Use simple counting games, such as:
· Number Top-it: Have a deck of regular playing cards minus the picture cards. Each person draws a card. The one with a higher number wins all the cards played in that round. This can teach both number recognition and counting, because the child can count those little pictures (hearts, spades, clubs, or diamonds) on the card.
· A variation of the one above: deal two cards to each person. The person with a higher TOTAL wins all the cards played in that round. Children will learn basic addition!
· Use any board game. Have the markers advance as many steps as a die or dice show. The child will need to count the dots on the die or dice, and then count steps to move his marker.
· Lay a bunch of dominoes face down on the table. A child picks one, you pick one. The person with a higher "dot-count" gets both dominoes.
· Lay a bunch of dominoes face UP on the table. A child picks one and places it on the table to start the "train". The next person picks one so that its end matches one end of a domino already laid.
· Play with marbles or blocks or similar objects. You take some objects, and ask the child to take for himself as many as you have AND ONE more. Then it's the child's turn to take some, and you need to take the same amount plus one more. Reverse the game later to do ONE LESS.