Hello, families!! Welcome to Kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year! My name is Michelle Ledford and this will be my 26th year of teaching. I am very excited about this school year and look forward to working with you all. I have taught grades K-2, but I have to say Kindergarten is my favorite grade to teach! I graduated from UNCG with a bachelors of science in elementary education back in 1995. I also have an add on licensure I received from HPU for advanced learning certification.
I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful school and work with your children! Kindergarten is a crucial year for these little ones and I will work hard to provide them with a positive and fun-filled experience they will always remember. Kindergarten at Highland is very busy and I encourage you to keep up with up to date info and messages primarily through class dojo, school messages, and weekly newsletters that will be sent home. We will be using Fundations as a phonics program that will help your child with segmenting and blending sounds, tricky words, and letter formation. It is a great program that I have used in the past and have seen phenomenal results. We will also use Eureka Math as our core math program. I think you will like this program because the skills will continue to build upon each other and will spiral throughout the year. We will be using daily five literacy instruction and your child will be placed in a leveled reading group that will meet many times throughout the week to work on comprehension, decoding skills, and written expressions.
This year we will be having WIN(what I need) time which is individualized literacy instruction of what your child needs to be successful. Your child will be switching classes for this time and placed into a group with other students across our grade level to address the skill they need extra practice on. We will have WIN time each morning across the grade level from 10:05-10:35. These groups will change quarterly. I am excited to see high growth in each and every one of your children this year and can't wait to be a part of this learning journey together. Thank you for sharing your child with me! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!!
Ms. Michelle Ledford