My name is Collette Primm. I am married and have two children. Both my son and daughter were students at Sunrise Christian Academy from kindergarten through high school. I attended Newman University where I earned my teaching degree in elementary education. I have taught at Sunrise since 2000 but was a parent in the school for 21 years. Prior to coming to Sunrise I also taught 4th grade and kindergarten. However, my heart belongs in kindergarten with all my little friends. I love teaching, traveling, gardening, and spending time with my grand baby.
Mrs. Primm’s Kindergarten
Sunrise Christian Academy
Overview of Subjects
This year we will be using the Abeka A-Z Bible memory verses. These will be tested each Friday unless notified otherwise. Each child’s Bible grade will be averaged from their verse grades for the 9 week period. Throughout the year we will be walking our way through the Bible beginning in Genesis. We will also sing songs daily, attend chapel each Friday, learn about character traits, occasionally view a Bible video, and the students will have an opportunity to pray each day with the class. Our daily curriculum used is the Purposeful Design which has beautiful picture cards we use each day to go along with our Bible truth and wonderful workbook pages to reinforce our lesson and help the students apply what they have learned to their daily lives.
Phonics (Letters & Sounds)
We will begin the year reviewing all the short vowel sounds then we will add consonants. We will then put them together to make “blends”. We will be working our blend books at the beginning of the year. Once all our short and long vowels have been learned and all consonants have been learned we will begin reading “c-v-c” words. From there we will learn the long vowel rules: *adding “e” to a word and a word with 2 vowels in it. Once that is clear we will begin learning our special sounds. We will learn over 100 special sounds our kindergarten year. By Christmas we will be working on compound words, root words, and suffixes as well.
We will have 3 reading groups Monday – Thursday each week. During this time the students will read orally to the teacher for 30 minute rotations. Each group will move at a pace that will help them to excel. The readers all start out with blends then have short vowel words, long vowel words, words, then words with special sounds. Once the groups have finished the Abeka readers we will begin the advanced readers. If any groups finish those we will begin reading chapter books. In years passed I have had many student reading grade 2 or higher chapter books.
As we begin the year we will introduce each letter of the alphabet lowercase and capital. The students will learn proper letter form and size for each letter. Once all letters have been learned the students will begin writing blends, words, then sentences. The first semester of school the students will only be required to write their first names on their papers but the second semester of school they will be required to write their first and last names.
In Mathematics we will begin the year reviewing colors, shapes, patterning, and counting. Throughout the year we will be covering the following concepts: number & number families, fewer/less & more/greater, addition, subtraction, coins & their values, left/right, graphing, estimating, counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s, measurement, thermometers, sequencing, time, fractions, & more.
I will begin cursive writing in November. The students will be introduced to lowercase letters, connecting letters, followed by capital letters, words, phrases, and sentences. We will end the year writing their first and last names. This is not for a grade. It is only an introduction to help them in first grade.
Beginning the 2nd semester (January) we will take written spelling tests. The words will be given out 1 week prior to the test. We will practice them in class verbally, and write them 3 times each for writing on Thursday. We will also participate in the all school spelling bee in the spring.
This is a supplemental book curriculum to help us learn more!! We will cover the following areas: vocabulary, problem solving, reasoning/logic, rhyming words, analogies, comprehension, listening skills, and following directions.
Unit Studies (Science & Social Studies)
Throughout the year we will have “unit studies”. This is where science & social studies fits into our day. This curriculum will be taught in the afternoon. All three kindergarten classes will join together and the three kindergarten teachers will take turns teaching the lessons. A few of my favorite unit studies are children around the world, life cycle of an ant, and community helpers. The children enjoy the hands on fun, the many visitors we have, and the exciting class parties to enhance our learning.
Music- twice weekly
PE- twice weekly
Computer- twice weekly
Library- Once weekly
All of our field trips are done with all three kindergarten classes in the morning due to our half day students. They are :
Fire station, Catholic Care Center, Downtown Library, Great Plains Nature Center, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Noodles & Company
We strive to have all of our class parties focus on the true meaning of what they truly stand for. We celebrate Thanksgiving as the Pilgrim and Indians first did as we all bring something to the “dinner” table. At Christmas will celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In January we have a lot of fun celebrating Kansas’ birthday as we dress up as something to do with Kansas. Sometime in January or February we are all excited to celebrate our 100th day in kindergarten!!! This is a lot of fun for us all. Then of course, in February we enjoy celebrating God’s love for us all with Valentine’s day. Our last party of the year will be our Resurrection party as we all remember Jesus’ death on the cross, and how he rose from the dead, and lives in heaven with God, the Father. Parents are very kind to help with each of these parties.
Mrs. Primm’s Grading Scale
“Let us press on to know the Lord; His appearing is as sure as the dawn; He will come to us like the showers, like the spring rains that water the earth. “ Hosea 6:3
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