Kindergarten

ImageChildren come to kindergarten full of anticipation about the fun things they will experience at Tekoppel.
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Kindergarten students are eager and ready to learn more about:

*reading readiness skills
*social studies
*phonics
*music
*writing
*physical education
*math skills
*art
*science

In addition, they look forward to:
*making new friends
*field trips
*using technology
*school programs
*recess

Students come to school with varied experiences, backgrounds, and levels of
readiness.

We meet those developmental differences with understanding and a plan!
*instructional levels for each child are determined
*challenging goals are set to meet the various needs of all students
*goals are achieved through teacher-guided, small group, and large group
instructional settings
*differentiated instruction is used to meet the needs of all learners
*district-adopted reading and mathematics materials are used
*instruction is guided by Indiana Academic Standards

Tekoppel teachers understand the importance of family involvement.

Decades of research show that when parents are involved students have:
* higher grades, test scores, and graduation rates * lower rates of suspension
* better school attendance * decreased use of drugs and alcohol
* increased motivation, better self-esteem * fewer instances of violent behavior

Types of family involvement:
* spending time reading with your children
* taking trips/providing stimulating experiences
* guiding TV watching
* establishing a daily/nightly family routine
* monitoring in-school and out-of-school activities
* modeling the value of learning, self-discipline, and hard work
* expressing high but realistic expectations for achievement
* encouraging children’s development/progress in school
* encouraging reading, writing, and discussions among family members