Academic Home Packs

There are so many exciting learning opportunities in Kindergarten!  We feel it is important for families to be able to share these experiences, so we have developed backpacks/folders that align with the skills the children learn at school.  These packs are sent home on a rotating basis.  If it is your child's week to take home a backpack/folder, they will bring it home on MONDAY and it should be returned on THURSDAY. This timeline is important so that the teachers have time to review the activities that your child completed and re-stock the backpacks for the next set of children.

"Popcorn" Backpacks (Red)

Popcorn Backpacks are sent home so that families can practice word skills in a fun and exciting way.  These packs will go home on Mondays, and should be returned on Thursdays.  These packs are shared with the entire class, so please make sure to take care of and return all of the materials.  If you find that something is missing when you receive the pack or after using the pack, please send a note so that we can replace the items.  There are many fun games listed in the backpacks.  Please don't feel you need to do them all at once.  The backpacks will go home on a rotating basis several times throughout the year.

Contents of Backpack:

  • One bag of "popcorn" word cards
  • One plastic popcorn container
  • One bag of microwave popcorn (does not need to be replaced by family)
  • One "Popcorn" Words Activity Card

Math Backpacks (Green)

Math Backpacks are sent home so that families can practice mathematics skills in a fun and exciting way.  These packs will go home on Mondays, and should be returned on Thursdays.  These packs are shared with the entire class, so please make sure to take care of and return all of the materials.  If you find that something is missing when you receive the pack or after using the pack, please send a note so that we can replace the items.  There are many fun activities listed in the three activity books included in the pack.  Please don't feel you need to do them all at once.  The backpacks will go home on a rotating basis several times throughout the year. Each time your child takes home the Math Backpack, you will be responsible for consulting the shape sharing schedule located in the backpack and sending in an environmental representation of the shape to share with the class (ie - a ball for a sphere).

 

Contents of Backpack:

  • One bag of plasitc shapes
  • Parent Information Letter
  • Three Everyday Math Activity Books
  • One Shape Sharing Schedule
  • One current Everyday Math game (new each time you receive the backpack)

Phonics Folders (Red)

Phonics Folders are sent home so that families can practice letter and word skills. These skills range from letter identification to building simple and even complex words.   These packs will go home on Mondays, and should be returned on Thursdays.  These packs are shared with the entire class, so please make sure to take care of and return all of the materials.  If you find that something is missing when you receive the pack or after using the pack, please send a note so that we can replace the items.  There are many activities listed in the booklet.   Please don't feel you need to do them all at once. The activities are in order from the least to most challenging. Explore the book to see which activities are most appropriate for your child at the time they receive the backpack. You may choose a couple of activities per night, keeping in mind that the backpacks will go home on a rotating basis several times throughout the year. Some activities will ask your child to record their work on the "Look At What I'm Learning" sheet.  These can be returned inside the bag and will be reviewed by the teacher.

      Contents of Folder:

      • One bag of blue plastic letters
      • One bag of letter tiles
      • One Activity Booklet
      • "Look At What I'm Learning" Sheets & Envelope
      • Parent Information Letter

 

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