• logo TEACHER: Kate Callahan
    PHONE: 716-407-9250
    EMAIL: kcallahan@clarenceschools.org
     
    About Mrs. Callahan: I have been a teacher in the Clarence Central School District for 20 years.  Teaching Kindergarten is a passion of mine.

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    This website will serve as an extra form of communication between parents and teacher throughout the 2016-2017 school year.

    Make sure your kindergartner is well rested, has a good breakfast and is dressed in comfortable clothes for a busy day of learning fun!

    Mathematics
     
    We believe our kindergartners need to learn math using lots of manipulatives! The areas we focus on are
    • Counting
    • Number Sense
    • Geometry
    • Joining and Separating Sets
    • Addition/Subtraction Facts


    Language Arts/Literacy Curriculum   

    Our goal is to prepare our students for the adventure of lifelong reading and writing.  Ways we immerse our students in reader's and writer's workshop are:

    • Shared Reading- A way we learn to read books together.

    • Guided Reading - This is when we read in small groups to focus on reading strategies.

    • Read Alouds - An opportunity to foster students' love of many types of literature.

    • Writing - The children write everyday.  Sometimes it may be letter formation, writing together, or journal writing.

     

    Science Curriculum

    In kindergarten we use formal science units provided by ESP.  These kits are:                                   

    •  Plants
    •  Sunshine & Shadows

    We also study other science related  topics such as nutrition, weather/seasons, and animals.

     

    Social Studies Curriculum

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    Kindergarten students develop their awareness of themselves and their communities through our Social Studies curriculum.  The areas we discuss are:

    • Myself and Others
    • Families
    • Communities
    • Citizenship
    • Holidays, Traditions, and Various Cultures
     

    Other aspects to our curriculum are Character Education and Conflict Resolution.  These two units run throughout our entire school year. 

    Students learn to take responsibility for their actions and to solve disputes in a positive way, using words.