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KG1

Al Forsan International School
KG1 Course Description

Course Description:
The KG1 Program is geared towards adhering to our vision, and mission. We aim to inspire, challenge, and empower our students to realize their individual potential. Individual instructional needs are met with a variety of methods and techniques. Our student’s academic achievement and success are of the highest importance.  Equally important are moral standards, acknowledgement and celebration of each child’s culture, and heritage, which are necessary components for personal and social development.
 
Course Objectives:
Students will gain KG1 level knowledge and skills in each of the following areas over the course of this year:
* Identify letters (capitals and lower case)
* Name letter sounds
* Follow oral directions 
* Identify opposites
* Count Objects to 20
* Identifies numbers 1-20 in random order
* Write first name
* Identify colors
* Identify shapes
* Recite the alphabet
 
METHODS OF INSTRUCTION/LEARNING:
I will utilize the following methods for meeting the learning objectives:
1. Class lecture/discussion/demonstration.
2. Question/answer.
3. Interactive White Boards and other computer based technology.
4. English language arts labs using Internet resources.
5. Small group work.
6. Audio visual aids.

Course Evaluation: 
Al Forsan International School’s Summative Assessment Portfolio will be maintained for each student in order to stay abreast of each child’s academic progress. This portfolio includes documented, on-going individual assessments throughout the year and a summative evaluation at the end of the year. This information will be shared with parents about the status of their children relative to grade level standards in reading, writing, and mathematics. Portfolios are available for parental review throughout the school year. 
 
Report cards will be sent quarterly to parents of each student. This report will inform the parents of the student’s academic achievements and attendance during the period and may include information relevant to the student’s work habits, attitude, and weaknesses. The report is designed to give parents an evaluation of the student’s academic progress as compared to what is expected of a student in his/her grade level. When a kindergarten student is not making the desired academic progress, the classroom teacher will communicate with parents as soon as possible to inform them that the child is experiencing difficulty. Appropriate interventions are to be implemented in an effort to address the child’s areas in need of improvement. The student will be tested bi-weekly based on reading sounds to date, writing and listening skills.  For those children who did not meet the learning content standards, a letter will be sent home the week following the assessment in order to notify parents of any low scores.
 
Class Expectations:  
Students are required to arrive on time.  We have high expectations for respectful behavior and look forward to fostering a caring, nurturing environment in which to learn. We have a reward system in place, and our system for discouraging unwanted behavior includes visual deterrents, time outs, calls home, and principal visits. Our classroom rules are as follows: 
1.  Listening bodies: I will listen and follow directions.
2.  Raised Hands: I will raise my hands to share ideas.
3.  Quiet Mouths: I will use a soft voice.
4. Walking Feet: I will walk in school to be safe.
5. Helping Hands: I will use my hands for helping not hurting.
6. Caring heart: I will use kind words.
 
Daily Classroom Procedures:
Students are expected to know and follow all of the rules in the KG Student/Parent Handbook in addition to adhering to the following procedures:
1. Arrive on time in proper full uniform attire, with a healthy lunch
2. Put away any jackets/lunch boxes or bags in the assigned cubby
3. Follow directions and sit quietly at your designated seat
4. At dismissal student will stay seated until designated parent or guardian presents valid ID and signs the child out or the 
 
Consequences for Minor Disruptive Behavior:
Consequences will include verbal warnings, two stages of time-out, phone call home, parent meeting, a visit to the student counsellor, and referral to the Principal’s office.

Policy for Severe Behavior:
Severely disruptive behavior such as repeated disruptions, insubordination, fighting, cursing, physical assault, and verbal abuse of classmates or the teacher will result in an immediate referral to the Principal’s office, and a meeting with parents.
 
Materials Required: 
A list of supplies that will be needed is given to all students at the beginning of the school year. Every student is expected to bring all supplies that are on the list.

Methods of Learning / Instruction:
The instructor will utilize the following methods for meeting the learning objectives:
* Demonstrations & Activities using the Interactive White Board
* Hands-On Activities 
* Manipulatives
* Group Work
* Worksheets and Written Exercises
* Performance-based activities
* Homework 
 
Communication: 
Parent-Teacher Communication:
At FIS, we understand that parental support is an extremely important part of the student’s education. FIS Parent email is designed as the primary means for information on student progress, and class plans. 
 
Other methods of communication include:
* Parent Memos
* Yammer
* Class Dojo
* Telephone