Mrs. Francis

After teaching for 37 years, I retired at the end of the 2018-19 school year.  I spent a year subbing in Mascoutah, and realized how much I missed teaching.  I was thrilled to accept the Kindergarten position at Holy Childhood.  Kindergarten is my favorite grade.  I love seeing the growth my students make during this first formal year of school.  I’m a graduate of SIU-E with a BS in Elementary/Early Childhood Education and an MS in Reading.

When I’m not teaching, I work for the St. Louis Cardinals (when they are playing) as an usher.  I also enjoy reading, crafting, and traveling, especially to the Outer Banks in North Carolina.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.  I’m looking forward to a great year in Kindergarten.

March 1 – 19:  Dinosaurs

March 2:  Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss

March 17:  The Leprechauns pay us a visit the night before.   SSSSHHHHH….its a secret.  I’m the only one (now you) who knows about this!

Religion:  God gave everyone talents and special abilities.  He loves everyone the same.  God gave us our 5 senses.  Lent.   Hail Mary

Phonics:  We’ve learned about L, R, and S blends, and the digraphs ch, sh, and th.  We continue to stretch out words and write them on our marker boards.  Through this process, we’ve informally learned about -ing, plurals, silent e, and some sounds that don’t follow the rules.

Reading:  Our sight word vocabulary is growing daily.  We play Sight Word Bingo and we have some videos with movements and motions to help learn the words.  Most of the books we read during the first part of March will be about dinosaurs.

Math:  We review addition and subtraction several times a week.  We’ve just finished our unit on measurement.  Next, we will learn about graphing/data collection, 2D and 3D shapes, and time/money.

Science/SS:  During the month of February we learned about African-American inventors and important people.  We will conclude the month learning about Ruby Bridges.  We will spend the first 3 weeks in March learning about dinosaurs.

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