New Routines

Phew!  We made it through our first week of full time days and I’m so proud to see the boys and girls settling in to their new Kindie environment.  So far we have spent a good amount of time exploring our play centers in the classroom (e.g. the house center, block center, rice table, art center, and carpet toy center).  In Language Arts we began to learn about “clock letters” and practiced making o, c, and a in the air with our pointer fingers while we say their sounds.  We explored our personal book bins and are learning to build our stamina as we read to self.   In Math the children have been exploring a variety of manipulative in our math tubs and have also started working in their Math U See workbooks.   We have discussed our classroom rules and are trying to remember them as we go through the day.   As you can see, we have been very busy!

As we head into a new week I want to explain two new routines that we will be adding to the mix:

1. Special Helper – Each day one child will be my special helper for the day.  We will follow in first name alphabetical order.  On your child’s special helper day they will assist with the calendar routine, handing out supplies, leading our lineups etc.  The special helper also gets to do show and tell for the class.  You will know that your child will be the next day’s special helper because they will come home with a black show and tell bag.  Inside the bag is a duotang.  Turn to the page with your child’s name and you will see some guidelines to help your child chose their item.  We will begin our year with a letter-of-the-day focus.  So, our first show and tell will be an item starting with the letter A.  Please help your child think of three clues to write down so that the rest of the class can try to guess their item. Fun stuff!

2.  We will also be starting our A-Z bible memory verses this week.  Your child will come home with their verse page on Tuesday and will be tested on the following Tuesday in class.  We will practise the verse every day at school but  a regular routine of home review is definitely beneficial.  This is such a great opportunity for your child to begin to hide God’s word in their heart!  Thanks for your support with this routine.

I am looking forward to another wonderful week of Kindergarten.  Please feel free to talk to me if you have any questions or comments about how things are going.

Bless you!

Diane Morris




I am happy to officially welcome you to this year of Kindergarten.  We’ve all survived the first week so we are off to a great start! The first few days and weeks can be quite tiring as we are learning new routines and adjusting to the long school day. I was very proud of the boys and girls last week and could see that they were all trying very hard to follow direction and to do their very best. Good job, Kindies!

On Thursday your child left our classroom with their first great badge. Yay! You will want to determine a spot for collecting these.  When your child has accumulated 10 badges send them back to school in a labelled baggie and they will be exchanged for a small prize! If you notice that your child does not earn a great badge one day please feel free to ask me about their day. It is my hope that this system will help to keep us all accountable for our behaviours as we learn and grow this year.

Individual school photos are happening this week on Wednesday. Please dress your child in their full dress uniform. This means the button down shirt, cardigan, and long pants for boys and the button down shirt, cardigan, and tunic for girls. By the way, the Kindies are usually called to have their pictures taken first thing in the morning before we have had a chance to mess ourselves up. This is a very good idea!

Our library day this year will be Wednesdays with Mrs. Britz. Each child will have a special library bag for bringing books home. We recommend that you store Highroad library books in this bag while they are at home to prevent them from getting lost or mixed in with your child’s personal collection. On Wednesday mornings I will put a special box out in the hallway. Please remind your child to place their books in the box so that they can be returned to the library.

You may have heard that Tuesdays are pizza days at Highroad. If you would like your child to have a slice of pizza on a particular Tuesday would you please fill out the form that will be hanging on a clipboard outside of our classroom? Please include your child’s first and last name, what type of pizza they would like, and whether you are paying by cash ($2 a slice) or have purchased a pizza card at the office. There will be an envelope attached for monies.

Phew, that was a lot of information to throw at you all at once. It will all begin to make sense as we get into the routine of things. I will try to update the blog on a regular basis. Please check back often so that you don’t miss any important information. I am looking into getting you all subscribed so that you will receive an email when a new blog is posted. I will let you know if I get the thumbs up on this!

I am looking forward to this week and am praying for a smooth transition into our full day schedule.

Bless you,

Mrs. Morris