Ms. Schmitt

Ms. Schmitt's Kindergarten Class
jschmitt@shpamn.org
952-426-6000 ext 6810

WELCOME TO KINDERGARTEN!

About Ms. Schmitt

My name is Hanna Schmitt; this is my third year at Seven Hills Preparatory Academy-Bloomington Campus. I moved to Minnesota from Wisconsin. Before moving I worked in Madison as a Preschool/ 4 year old kindergarten teacher. I also worked as an instructional aide in a 5 year old kindergarten classroom in the Milwaukee area. I am passionate about teaching and love seeing the joy school and learning brings each child.

Outside of school I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I love to cook and bake. I also enjoy spending time outside. I garden, bike, hunt, fish, and camp when time allows. I enjoy watching a playing sports as well. I have recently taken up running and have run several half-marathons and a triathlon. 

I also love coffee and chocolate! I spend many hours at coffee shops reading a good book and just relaxing.

I look forward to a great year and cannot wait to get to know each student and their family!

 

 

All School Information:

Volunteer Background Check

  • Email Laurie Henning-Johnson at ljohnson@shpamn.org requesting an invitation to complete an online volunteer background check. Please include name and email address in the request.
  • You will receive an email with the link to submit their form.
  • Select "Volunteer Screen" if prompted
  • Fill out all required (marked with an asterisk) items and press "Submit"
  • Results will be sent to Laurie Henning-Johnson with all privacy data blocked.
  • Laurie will contact parents with results


Classroom Information

Birthday Celebrations

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 our regular 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.

Snacks and Food in the Classroom

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.

Book Orders:

 Online Ordering Information
Web address: scholastic.com/bookclubs
Class Activation Code: LHND2

 

Scholastic Book Club flyers are ready for you to explore with your child. Children read more when they choose their own books, so I encourage you to look at the flyers together.  You can return the order form and payment to me, or give online ordering a try. It saves time, offers more book choices, and earns extra rewards for the classroom!

When you place your order online, you'll help earn FREE Books for our class and you also get a $5 FREE Book Pick Coupon to use on your next online order!

Ordering online is fast and easy:

  •  REGISTER at www.scholastic.com/bookclubs
  •  ENTER the Class Activation Code
  •  CHOOSE from thousands of print titles, value packs, and Storia eBooks
  •  SUBMIT the order to your child's teacher
  • EARN FREE Books for you and the classroom too!








We use our C.A.R.E.S in Kindergarten!

Cooperation

Assertion

Responsibility

Empathy

Self-Control

Each week we will give our a special VIP award to a Kindergarten student who shows and uses their C.A.R.E.S. in our classroom.  The last Friday of the month we will have a special VIP assembly to recongnize the friends that have received a special C.A.R.E.S award in the classroom.

Join us for K-2 assembly the last Friday of the month.

 

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 with a 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!!!!

 

Math

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 10 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 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.

Counting

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.