Morton's Philosophy of Kindergarten:
The kindergarten program is directed to the needs of the individual child. Through an effective and enjoyable kindergarten program, learning experiences are provided that help children form a positive attitude about themselves, their school, and their community. Instruction is designed to stimulate thinking, reasoning, and to provide opportunities for decision-making. The experiences provided should lead the child in acquiring habits and basic skills as a preparation for the succeeding years.
To gain an understanding of individual children and their academic needs and to develop a close working relationship with the home to provide the child with the best opportunity for growth and development
- To provide activities and experiences, which promote the development of perceptual skills for reading and math readiness
- To provide activities to develop motor skills and promote physical development
- To help each child develop a positive self-concept and self-discipline
- To provide intellectual challenges to meet the needs of each child in accordance with his/her skills and interests
- To develop positive attitudes for good citizenship for the home, school, and community
- To provide a healthy, interesting school environment so that school experiences are enjoyable and beneficial
- To provide a literature rich environment in which children learn that "speaking, reading, and writing" are real ways to communicate
Morton Unit School District currently offers a half-day kindergarten program. The morning session meets from 8:25 - 11:00 and the afternoon session meets from 12:00 - 2:30. During this time, kindergarteners are engaged in a variety of activities to further their development in academic, social, and emotional areas. Students experience a variety of literacy and math activities on a daily basis. The class begins the day together on the carpet for calendar activities, a weather report, counting the days in school, songs, poems, music, letter review, and a story. After carpet time, math, reading, and writing lessons are taught. This can be done in large or small group settings or during center time. Weekly, students are engaged in art, P.E., music, library, and computer lab time. Each student also has the opportunity to visit the reading teacher in a small group setting. During these sessions, students make and read a book, focusing on the concepts of print. Additionally, throughout the year science and social studies units are taught.
Your child's success depends on a strong home-school partnership! You can help your child by:
- Attending Meet the Teacher, Open House, and other school functions
- Contacting your child's teacher with questions or concerns
- Reading and reviewing the results of school assessments with your child
- Knowing the objectives for which your child is responsible
- Making sure your child attends school regularly
- Limiting vacations to when school is not in session
- Being sure your child gets plenty of sleep and a good breakfast everyday
The current cutoff for kindergarten registration is September 1. If your child's fifth birthday falls on or before this date, you are ready to consider sending your child to kindergarten. Before the final decision is made, consider the following checklist, as well as your child's level of maturity:
- Is read to everyday
- Experiences playing with small groups of children
- Accepts authority from an adult other than a parent
- Follows simple directions
- Is able to sit for a 10-minute story
- Participates in group activities such as the library's "Read to Me" program, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Park District programs, etc...
- Names common objects
- Describes pictures and can retell a story
- Is familiar with position words (up, down, over, under, beside, behind, forward, back, etc...)
- Tries to recite nursery rhymes
- Dresses him/herself (buttons, zips, snaps)
- Rides a tricycle
- Has had some experience with scissors
- Has had some experience with pencils and crayons
- Has had some experience hopping, jumping, galloping, and bouncing a ball
- Sees likenesses and differences
- Can say his/her first and last name
- Recognizes his/her first name in print
- Makes an attempt to print his/her first name
- Can say his/her phone number, address, and birth date
- Can count to ten
- Can recognize four basic shapes (circle, square, rectangle, and triangle)
- Can recognize eight basic colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, and black)
- Retells a story he/she has heard
- Draws a picture about a story after listening to it
- Uses appropriate personal hygiene
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Mrs. Hoelscher began teaching at Lincoln in 2008. She graduated from Monmouth College with her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, along with endorsements in language arts and middle school. She and her husband Chad live in Peoria with their two boys. She coached volleyball for 2 years at MJHS and has taught summer school. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Mission for the Class
Mrs. Hoelscher’s mission for her class is to provide a safe and encouraging environment where students can explore all aspects of learning. She hopes to motivate children by creating a classroom family where music and hands-on activities foster communication, literacy and a love of learning.
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Mrs. Vastine is thrilled to return to Lincoln School! Mrs. Vastine is a graduate of Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education and her Master’s Degree in Administration. She has endorsements in science, social science, language arts, and music. She began her teaching career at Lincoln School in 1995 as a fourth grade teacher. She taught fourth, second, and spent 13 years in third grade. In 2011, the Vastines were transferred to Brussels, Belgium where they lived for nearly four years. When they returned to the US, Mrs. Vastine returned to Lincoln School as a long term sub in third grade, and she is now a part of the kindergarten team for the first time! Mrs. Vastine is married to Chris who works for Caterpillar, Inc. She also has two great kids Allison (sophomore at MHS) and Thomas (8th grade at MJHS). In her free time, she loves photography, travel, and spending time with family and friends.
Mission for the Class
In my classroom, we never say we CAN’T do something. I always tell the kids they CAN do anything!! My classroom is a safe environment where kids are encouraged to be creative, sing, dance, and find the fun in learning.