Ms. Freeman's Kindergarten Class

We're Leaping into Learning at Blackman Elementary School!

About Ms. Freeman

Hello! Welcome to Kindergarten! My name is Shalette Freeman. I grew up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. I graduated from MTSU with a Bachelors Degree and attended Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. I taught one year in Nashville Public Schools. I also taught 3 years in First Grade here at Blackman Elementary and the rest has been in Kindergarten. I have 2 boys that I adore. I love to sing in my church choir, I love sports, good food, good movies and I enjoy reading a good book. It is an honor and my priviledge to be your child's Teacher!

Our Daily Schedule

7:20-7:40 - Arrival and unpack

7:30-7:40 - Announcements and Morning Work

7:40-7:55-Activity Time

8:00-8:30 - RTI Intervention

8:30-10:20 - Literacy Block/Calendar/Reading/ELA/Reading Stations

10:25-10:50 - Lunch

10:55-11:05-Restroom Break/Water/Story

11:05-11:35 -Special Area

Day 1 -Guidance

Day 2 - P.E. 2

Day 3 - Music 1

Day 4 -Library

Day 5 -P.E. 1

Day 6 - Music 2

*ART Wednesday 8:45-9:30*

11:35-12:05 - Recess

12:05-1:05 - Math

1:05-1:15 - Snack Time

1:20-1:50 - Social Studies/Science

1:50- Pack up

1:55-2:00- Dismissal

Kindergarten News

Reading/Language- Martin's Big Words Close Read

Phonics- All letters of the alphabet/ Short and long vowels a,e,i,o,u

Phonemic Awareness: Phoneme Segmentation/Phoneme Blending

Sight Words- little, she, was, for, have, of, they

Writing- Writing complete sentences using correct capitalization and punctuation.

S.S/Science- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Math-Teen Numbers, Compare Shapes

Important Dates to Remember

January 16- No School (Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday)

January 20- STEM Activity

January 23-27- Toy Drive for Children's Hospital

January 24- Reading for Education

January 27-STEM Activity


January 20- April 28, 2017

Stemtastic Fridays

Grant Program

Dear Parents,

You will be proud to know that our school has been awarded a grant to help your child excel using innovative and challenging STEM based projects. Mrs. Kartina Butler(Kindergarten Lead Teacher), Mrs. Ashley Thomas (Math Interventionist), and Mrs. Kim Marable (RTI2 Instructional Coach) wrote the grant to encourage students early on to explore and create new ideas about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. On Fridays, your child will be participating in highly engaging and fun activities to explore and resolve new concepts using STEM.

In order for this program to be a success this year, we will need your help. We will need parent volunteers to help with completing the experiments/projects. On some Fridays we will be using the kindergarten students’ advocacy partners to help out. These are Third Grade students that assist the Kindergartners once a month.

If you would like to help out, please place an x beside the date(s) that you are able to volunteer and return this letter with your child. We will send home a reminder the week of each date you select along with a description of the experiment in which you will be helping the students. We will notify you of any cancellations or date changes when applicable.

Sparks Learning Channel


The homework assignments will be in the Red folder. Homework folders will be sent home on Monday and due back to school on Friday each week. Each week your child will have an ELA/Writing and Math assignment. Also, your child will have a monthly Letter Fluency sheet to review each night. Periodically there will be an occasional family project to complete throughout the year.

Thank you for helping make your child's Kindergarten year a success!

Parent Tips to support kindergarten math learning fun at home

Give your child plenty of opportunities to count

  • Play number games during everyday activities, such as counting the number of steps, the number of trucks you see while driving, or counting the number of items going in the laundry.
  • Read the calendar, and determine the number of days until an upcoming event.
  • Young children can count the number of items that you bought at the store. If you buy multiples of 1 item (such as 10 cans of cat food), practice counting by 2’s, 3’s, or higher numbers
  • Have your child count the change needed to pay for an item.
  • Watch your child play to understand her mathematical knowledge. When your child counts, does she touch each object once? Is his voice in sync with his tag?
  • Have your child distribute cookies or toys to family members, with each person getting an equal number

Help your child recognize shapes and size relationships

  • At the grocery store, ask your child to find items that are triangles, circles, rectangles, and other shapes.
  • Ask your child to recognize or stack the groceries you bought by container shape or organize by size.
  • Organize a scavenger hunt where your child has to find objects of different shapes
  • Make snowflakes using symmetry. Fold a square piece of paper in half diagonally to make a triangle, then fold in half 2 more times. Cut out small diamond or circular shapes from the edges, and then unfold it. Experiment with different numbers of folds and shapes.

Find ways to collect and organize information

  • Look around the house to find groups of 2 objects, like pairs of gloves or socks. Look for groups of 3’s, 4’s, and on up to 10’s.
  • Have your child help sort the laundry by various categories — by color, or by whom an item belongs to.
  • Take measurements for a project around the house.
  • Using paper of different colors, make a paper chain with paper strips and tape. Encourage your child to create patterns by repeating colors and numbers of rings in a regular order. This can be done in connection with reading the calendar and counting down days to a special event.
  • Collect objects in nature— leaves, rocks, shells and the like. When you get home, sort them by color, size, or type. How many different categories can you find? How many objects are in more than 1 category?

Help your child develop reasoning skills

  • Help your child think about the permanence of a set. Put 6 pennies in a row, and then change the arrangement. Ask “did the quantity change?”
  • Kindergartners love repetition and patterning, which fosters mathematical thinking. Clapping patterns help your child discover sequences and predict what comes next.

Some family games that use kindergarten math skills:

  • Many card games require counting and score keeping.
  • Dice games and dominos help kids learn to quickly recognize groups of dots from 2 to 12.
  • Play board games that involve counting squares, such as Chutes and Ladders.
  • Tic Tac Toe and Connect Four build recognition of rows of 3 and 4 counters.
  • Tangrams
  • Mancala

2016-2017 Kindergarten Supply List

2 Boxes of 24 count Crayons

1 Pair of blunt end Scissors

12 Glue Sticks 2 Folders with prongs (1 red and 1 green)

1 Pack of standard size Pencils

1 Rest Mat (THIN) plastic or 1 Beach Towel

1 Spiral Notebook (Wide Ruled)

1 Backpack

1 Plastic Pencil Box

1 Box of Tissues

1 White 1 inch three ring View Binder (Not for Kindergarten Readiness)

1 Box of Washable Markers 4 Dry Erase Markers **Please only label the spiral notebook and backpack

** Please purchase from Blackman Elementary School 1 Red Plastic Pocket Folder No Prongs 1 Blue Plastic Pocket Folder No Prongs

1 Lined Writing Journal

Wish List 1 Box of Ziploc Bags

1 Container of Clorox Wipes