Kindergarten

Kindergarten Overview


Literature
  • Over in the Meadow
  • The Little Engine That Could
  • Play With Me
  • Marshmallow
  • Johnny Crow’s Garden
  • Nursery Rhymes
Reading
  • Development of the Mental Image
  • Development of Vocabulary
  • Phonics
  • Consonant Sounds
  • Consonant Blends
  • Reading Long-Vowel Words
  • Reading Sentences
  • Learning to Read Rhythmically
  • Answering Comprehension Questions
  • Finding Keywords and Titles
Language Arts
  • Parts of the Sentence
  • Verbs in Present, Past and Past Participle
Listening Comprehension
  • Learning to Listen Part III
  • Finding the Keyword
Writing
  • How to Hold a Pencil
  • Printing Lower Case Letters
  • Printing Upper Case Letters
  • Writing Sentences with Proper Punctuation
Drama
  • Christmas Program
  • Spring Class Play
Art (Taught by a Specialist)
  • Learning Fine Arts
  • Art Appreciation

Mrs. Gonzalez


While other little girls were playing with their dolls or playing house, Mrs. Gonzalez was in her basement playing school.   She was born wanting to teach.  Packing a punch with a law degree from UCSB, she completed her Teaching Credential at Westmont College, her CLAD Credential from UCSB and her Masters in Education and Technology from Azusa Pacific Education and Technology.  Her first teaching job was at Carpinteria School: Canalino, where she taught K-2nd grade for 8 years.  While taking some time off to focus on her family, Mrs. Gonzalez continued to tutor college level courses, in addition to as well as teaching technology classes.  When she resumed her formal teaching career, she joined the faculty of   The Howard School where she has been teaching Kindergarten since 2008.  One of the best life lessons she has learned from teaching is that life doesn’t always go as planned so you have to stay flexible.  “Every day my students also teach me what life is really about.  They are filled with so much joy. I love watching them love each other, and the happiness they bring  me,” says Gonzalez.

What does Mrs. Gonzalez hope her students will take away with them next year?  “A deep love of learning,” she says.  “I don’t impose limits on any child and I teach to the highest level.”   One of Mrs. Gonzalez’ favorite things about teaching at Howard School is that she has no more than 12 students in her class, which allows her to truly individualize the learning experience for each child.  She is also so grateful for the Carden curriculum.