Sheryl Young-
Welcome to Mrs.Young and Mrs.Elil's*Classroom!
 We use Tools of the Mind Curriculum. This is a center-based curriculum where the students rotate to different literacy centers and participate in shared activities, which helps develop oral language. Other Tools of the Mind Activities promote reading strategies, strategies for problem solving and abstract thinking and opportunities to explore and reflect on concepts in science. This is all done in a fun and meaningful way in a Tools of the Mind kindergarten classroom.
*Mrs. Elil is our classroom assistant.  She is in the classroom for the morning and assists the students as they work in their literacy centers.

I welcome communication with the parents of my students. You can e-mail me at : or you can leave a voicemail at (732) 699-1573 X 5934 and I will return your call as soon as I am able. For urgent matters, call the main office at extension 5950.

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  Classroom News

Happy New Year!  It is a new year and with it are some new changes in our classroom. We will move from five story based centers to eight academically based learning centers, which will be introduced during the first two weeks of the month.The centers and the skills that will be focused on in each are:

Listening Center- listening, comprehension, adding to the story and oral language

Stories Center-listening comprehension strategies, dramatizing and adding on to the story and practicing new vocabulary

Sound Center- phonemic awareness, sound-to-lettercorrespondence and oral language

Penmanship Center- proper letter and number formation

Make-a-Book- retelling stories, writing skills, comprehension skills

Word Puzzles- phonemic awareness, sight words, sound to letter correspondence, decoding and oral language

Literacy Games- phonemic awareness, sight words, decoding and oral language

Investigations- scientific vocabulary, oral language, exploring visual differences, using the five senses, making predictions

 The students will go to two centers each day from Mondaythrough Friday.  On Friday they will complete any unfinished work from the centers and will then have free play and art projects to choose from.

We will be reading the Magic Tree House book Polar Bears Past Bedtime as we learn about the arctic and polar bears. 

We will read fiction and non-fiction books about them. We will read Eve of the Emperor Penguin and will learn about penguins and Antarctica.  

We will be learning about Dr,Martin Luther King, Jr. and why he was so important.

We will be learning many word families and sight words. Please continue to practice reading the list of sight words that may be found on this website.