Kindergarten Program

Our Kindergarten Program offers both Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten to meet your child’s needs. Please inquire at the office which is right for your child, we are happy to help.

  • Full Day Kindergarten
  • 8:15-2:30 (early drop-off and late pick-up available)
  • After-School Program 2:30-6:00pm
  • Zoo Phonics
  • GO Math
  • McGraw-Hill Reading Wonders
  • Science & Exploration
  • Zaner-Bloser handwriting
  • Daily Center Rotations
  • Thematic and free choice art
  • Music and movement
  • High frequency words/sight words
  • Large Playgrounds
  • Large and Small Animal Interaction
  • Fulfills State & District Standards
  • Snacks & Lunch Included

Welcome to Kindergarten!

Welcome to the Kindergarten program at Murrieta Ranch Pre-School. Our full day Kindergarten classroom offers hands-on learning experiences for your child along with an academic curriculum that meets both the California State and the local district requirements. Our low student to teacher ratio in the classroom allows for formal desk-time instruction, as well as center rotations. This enables the teachers to easily assess each child’s learning style and progress in order to provide extra attention where needed.

As in all of our classrooms at Murrieta Ranch Preschool our goal is to keep an open line of communication with all of our parents. If you ever have a question or concern, appointments are always welcome or you can reach me through the office. I can be reached at the following e-mail and I check my mail frequently.

Miss Dana: theranchkinder@gmail.com Office: 951-677-0207

Miss Dana’s hours – 7:45 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

I will plan on leaving at 4:00 daily but if you ever have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask for a meeting. My goals are to stay two late days per month, up to 6:00 so that I can catch up with the parents that I don’t always get the opportunity to see.

Miss Courtney’s hours 

Miss Courtney will be working from 7:30 until approximately 4:00 daily. Because she is in the classroom all day, she is also a good person to go to with questions or concerns. She is a good resource for problem solving.

Miss Barbara’s hours

Miss Barbara Delarosa will be helping with our after school program and to close the school. Her hours in Kindergarten are from 3:00 until 6:00.

Miss Barbara will provide after school care including playground time, supervise free choice time inside, facilitate games and art and she will help close the school in Room 1.

  • At 5:00 Miss Barbara will begin clean-up in Room 8.
  • By 5;15 our clip board will be checked and your child will head up to

Room 1.

  • If you arrive after 5:20 your child can be signed out in Room 1.

Miss Barbara will make sure that your child helps transport his homework packet, coats, sweaters, file folder papers etc. with them up to the pick-up room. Our door will be unlocked just in case you need to pick up any items left behind.

Arrivals and Departures for Kindergarten

Murrieta Ranch opens at 7:00 a.m. and closes at 6:00 p.m.

Our Full Day Kindergarten curriculum begins promptly at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m.

Full Day Tuition Students 8:00am – 6:00pm

Drop-Off

May arrive as early as 7:00 a.m. Drop-off is in Room 1 until 7:30 a.m.

Drop-off after 7:30 a.m. in Room 7 with Miss Donna Room 8 is closed until 8:00 for teacher prep time.

We will pick up our students and transfer them to our classroom at 8:00 a.m.

Pick-Up

Your child will be picked up our room until 5:15 p.m.

After 5:15 p.m. your child will be picked up in Room 1.

Half Day Tuition Students 8:00am – 2:30pm

Drop-Off

Our classroom opens up at 8:00 a.m. and you can drop-off at that time.

Due to Student/Teacher Ratio and County Laws and Regulations, you are not able to drop-off your child early in Room 7. 

(We understand that you might have the need to drop-off early due to a change in your schedule,

arrangements will need to be made ahead of time with the office staff.)

Pick-Up

Half-Day Kindergarten ends at 2:30 p.m. You may begin picking up at 2:30 p.m. and you will need to arrive no later than 2:50 p.m.

(Arrangements will need to be made ahead of time with our office staff if you need to leave your child in the classroom late.)

Our Flexible Classroom Routine

8:15 a.m. Circle Time – Flag Salute, Patriotic Song, Roll, Helper Chart, Calendar, Zoo Phonics, New Concepts, Rug Games etc.

8:45 a.m. Language Arts at Formal Desk Time

9:10 a.m. A Quick outside Recess prior to snack / Snack Set-Up

9:45 a.m. Snack Time

10:00 a.m. Center Rotations – Library, Pre Reading, Reading, Puzzles and Math, Science, Table Activities, Art, Writing, Common Core Concepts.

Free Choice Time /Free Play / Lunch Set-Up

(Once per month Dovie Christianson will teach a science lesson during the last part of centers or in place of Center Rotations.)

11:30 a.m. Story Time / Flannel Board Stories

11:45 a.m. Lunch Time

12:15 p.m. Recess / P.E.

1:00 p.m. Math / Desk Time

1:40 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday – Theme related art or free art projects.

Tuesday and Thursday – Music and Movement and Rug Time Games

2:25 p.m. Clean-up and prep for movie time.

2:30 Half Day Good-byes with Movie/Rest Time for Full Day enrollment children.

This schedule is flexible and changes could be made at any time.

Report Cards

Report cards are issued every trimester. We will hold parent/teacher conferences the first trimester only. If you ever have any questions or concerns, conferences are scheduled at parent request. You can request a conference after your child’s second and third report card is issued as well.

Curriculum

Murrieta Ranch teaches curriculum that is California State Standardized curriculum. We have slowly transitioned over to State Standard Based, Common Core Curriculum with the thought that your child will transfer easily within our local districts, charter and private schools.

Reading and Phonics Program

Zoo Phonics

Zoo Phonics is a tangible, hands-on program that is fun for the children to learn. Each letter has an animal, name, hand signal, and a letter sound associated with it, allowing for quick memorization.

McGraw-Hill Reading Wonders, California 2016

Reading Wonders is designed specifically for the CC State Standards for Reading/Language Arts. It combines research-based instruction with new tools to meet today’s challenges, and every component and every lesson is designed for effective CCSS instruction. (Integration of concepts is curriculum wide). Phonemic Awareness concepts blend well with the Zoo Phonics instructional program.

Math

GO Math / hmhco.com

We changed over to GO Math in 2014 and both teachers felt it was a very successful year for math in Kindergarten. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishes this math system. It covers all of the Common Core State Standards for Kindergarten and we have ordered many hands-on games, center activities and circle and rug activities to apply each day.

*There are many directions and steps that apply to Common Core so if ever you have any problems or questions, please make sure you ask for help.

Music and Art, Science

Monday, Wednesday and Friday we will complete thematic or free choice art projects.

Music and movement will be held on Tuesday and Thursday along with theme and concept related rug games.

We will complete theme related science and social studies projects and curriculum along with monthly visits from Dovie Christensen for additional science lessons.

Center Rotations

Center Rotations will start several weeks into the year and will be held every morning. Center rotations include may math, pre-writing/writing, science, pre-reading/reading, art, free choice, puzzles, etc.

We also have 4 – I-Pads. We have fun math, reading, sight word, spelling and phonics games loaded on them for the class to use specifically for center rotation times. River Springs is applying to programs for your child to use in the classroom.

Handwriting

As of August 2016 we have switched over to Zaner-Bloser for our handwriting curriculum. It is a true “ball and stick” style of printing. It is comprehensive and effective and modern… and complies with Common Core. Take a look at Zaner-Bloser.com.

Homework

Your child’s homework envelope will contain family friendly assignments. These assignments are a review of the curriculum that we have covered in the classroom. However, if you ever find that your child does not understand the assignment, please return it to us for help. Homework should take approximately 15 to 20 minutes per day (not including reading and High Frequency Word work).

High Frequency Words / Sight Words

HF words are the most common words used in reading and writing. Children are expected to learn these words within a 3 second flash to help aid them in reading fluency.

Toys, Games and miscellaneous personal items.

Toys brought from home are not permitted in Kindergarten due to the distractions that they cause. We ask for your help in saying “no” to your child and we appreciate your understanding in respecting this policy. Theme related books are welcome to read at story time.

Rest Time

Full day children rest from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Movies can be brought from home to watch at this time but must have a G-Rating. Half-day children will join the full day kids on the rug during rest and will greet their parents quietly during good-bye time.

Birthdays

If you wish to send something to school for your child’s birthday, please let us know ahead of time so that we can schedule it into our day. We enjoy birthday treats at lunchtime, 12:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. Please let us know if you will be joining us.

Change of Clothes

Please provide a full change of clothes, sealed up in a large ziplock bag with your child’s name on it. Mark all sweaters, jackets, sweatshirts, and backpacks with your child’s name so that we return your child’s items to you.

Illness

Please… read and understand Murrieta Ranch’s policy on illness and your child at school. To help keep the spread of illness to a minimum and to keep all children and teachers well, we ask that you abide by these policies. Also…Your child must be fever free for 24 hours without fever relievers PRIOR TO RETURNING TO SCHOOL.

Curriculum Break Dates for 2017/18

Two weeks vacation credit is offered during the school year. Please talk to Denise in the office concerning your vacation time. Intercession is a block of time when all students have a break from formal instruction. In place of academics during this time, a larger variety of hands on activities including art, music, games, and free play will take place.

Day Camp takes place during December; Winter Break and in Spring to provide families in the community a place for their children to go.

Curriculum break is an excellent time for families to take vacation in order to prevent students from missing any formal classroom time.

Winter Break

Monday, December 25th, 2017 through Friday, January 12th, 2018.

School Resumes on Tuesday, January 15th, 2018. (MLK Day is Monday)

Spring Break

Monday, March 26th through Friday, April 6th, 2018.

School resumes on Monday, April 9th, 2018.

 

Assessments and Report Card Dates

Portfolio work is collected during the first two trimesters for Julie at Springs Charter.

1st Trimester Assessments – Week of October 23rd, 2017

Report Card issued at Parent/Teacher Conferences November 2nd and 3rd AND the 6th and 7th, 2017.

2nd Trimester Assessments – Week of February 12th, 2018

Report Card issued on Friday, February 23rd, 2018.

3rd Trimester Assessments – Begin the week of May 14th, 2018 and are completed no later than May 25th, 2018

Final Report Card issued at graduation,

Holiday and Program Information

Monday, October 30th, 2017 / Halloween Party, October 31st.

We will sing a few songs and act out a favorite finger plays.  After that, the class will parade throughout the school for Trick-or-Treating fun. Please feel free to follow us and take pictures. We will have a party on the 31st with many fun center activities.

Friday, November 17th, 2017 / Thanksgiving Lunch

On this day, the children will present to you a Thankful Book that we will make in class.

If you would like to come help serve lunch we would love to have you. No program is presented at this time. No curriculum will be presented the week of November 20th, and Murrieta Ranch will be closed on the 23rd and 24th.

Friday, December 22nd, 2017 / Holiday Program 6:30 p.m.

On this evening, the kindergarten class will present a short Holiday play and sing festive songs to their audience. You are welcome to bring friends or relatives on this night.

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 / Our 100th Day of Kindergarten

This is probably one of our highest rated party days! If it has to do with 100, we will do it. Look for information to come home with your child prior to the 100th day.

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 / Open House 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

Join your child in our classroom and follow them throughout our daily routine. They can take you on a tour through center rotations, circle time, reading time, desk routines, and show you some newly learned skills. One of my favorite times in Room 8.

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 / Valentine’s Day Party

Please have your child sign 20 cards to share with their friends.

Friday, March 2nd, 2018 / Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

Will your child eat green eggs and ham? Dress in red, black and white this day as we explore the writings and wonders of Dr. Seuss.

Friday, March 16th, 2018 / Farm and Dairy Day

To correlate with our Farm and Dairy theme, we will cook on this morning and prepare a Farmer Style breakfast complete with eggs, pancakes, bacon and sausage, cheese, corn muffins, fresh fruit, and we will shake our own butter.

No Easter program is presented due to Spring Break.

Friday June 8th, 2018 / Kindergarten Graduation @ 6:30 pm

This a tentative date. We will have more information and confirm the date in the Spring.