• Welcome to ETSD Virtual Kindergarten Academy!

    Welcome, Class of 2033!  We've missed out on opportunities to meet you in person, but this page will have ongoing updates related to everything you need to know to get ready for Kindergarten!


  • Kindergarten Academy: Move those Muscles!

    Posted by Melissa Devlin on 7/7/2020


    In addition to growing our brain muscles, Kindergarten is a big time for building the fine and gross motor skills we call our "little muscles and big muscles."  Our little  muscles help us open packages at lunch, hold a pencil for writing, and tie our shoes. Our big muscles help our coordination and ability to play. Meet some more of our Kindergarten Teachers as they help us flex all of our muscles!


    Gross & Fine Motor


    We begin with Mrs. Firestone explaining to our new kinders what our big and small muscles are.  

    Mrs. Firestone's big and small muscles


    Check out the great ideas Ms. Stein shares for building both small and gross motor skills! Tons and tons of ideas for activities to keep kids engaged with the activities that help build little muscles in our hands for writing and our big muscles for moving and playing! 

    Ms. Stein moving our big and small muscles 

    List of Resources from this video


    Next, Join Mr. Ousley as he does a read aloud that's bound to get everybody up and moving along with all the great action in the alphabet!

    Mr. Ousley reads aloud Oops Pounce Quick Run! An Alphabet Caper by Mike Twohy


    One of our favorite sites is GoNoodle. There is an app available but you can also go to youtube.com to subscribe to their channel. Here's one to get you started: 

    Get up and dance with "Banana, Banana, Meatball"

    We also love these channels: Indoor Recess, Zumba Kids, Empower Tools, The Champiverse for rainy days when you can't get outside to run, jump, and play!


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  • Kindergarten Academy: Hop Along and Count with Us!

    Posted by Melissa Devlin on 7/2/2020

    While we often think about our reading and literacy activities, it's easy to forget the importance of early numeracy! Here are some of our amazing Kindergarten teachers, back again this week, with lots of activities to help our young scholars work on counting, number recognition, and thinking how each number represents things when we count



    Hop along with Mrs. Druzba as she demonstrates how to count up and down a number line! This activity is for kids but would benefit from a caregiver or parent nearby to help make the number line. This foundational skill will help students begin to make sense of how numbers work in sequence.


    Mrs. Druzba counts along a number line


    Next, learn about a 10-frame and how those will have an important place in our classrooms learning this year. Included is a printable you can use at home.  Mrs. Heiser provides lots of ideas for creating a 10-frame outdoors as well! You can even go outside and practice with chalk and objects to coung!


    Mrs. Hiser helps us write our nubers


    Printable: 10-Frame


    Mrs. Krommes shares with us a great song to remember how to form all of the numbers when writing. This activity is great with a white board and dry erase marker, especially good for a long car ride if a device is available.


    Mrs. Krommes and the Number Song


    Next, Mrs. Salvatore and Mrs. Bush share some read-alouds to help us remember our counting and numbers!


    Mrs. Salvatore reads One Frog Sang


    Mrs. Bush reads Ten Black Dots


    Here are some additional books you might want to check out in your summer reading to help with numbers!

    • How Do Dinosaurs Count to 10?
    • Click, Clack, Splish, Splash
    • Olivia Counts
    • Chicka Chicka 123
    • 100 Hungry Ants
    • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    • Fish Eyes
    • Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
    • 5 Little Ducks
    • Ten Apples Up on Top 


    Last but not least, to support making learning lots of fun, here are some game ideas to help keep brains engaged with numbers and number sense all summer long!

    Number Games


    Keep counting while you stay cool!!


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  • Kindergarten Academy: Sounds, sounds, sounds!

    Posted by Melissa Devlin on 6/26/2020

    Nursery Rhymes

    Nursery Rhymes are just one way to bolster kids ability to play with and manipulate sounds, a building block skill for all early readers! Here is a link to audio (with printable lyrics available) of 33 Nursery Rhymes to get you started (or refresh your memory!) Click the pink notes to hear each song.

    33 Nursery Rhyme Songs


    Another friendly face joins us this week as some of our Kindergarten friends from Owatin Creek help us learn about sounds and how to help students this summer. Mrs. Murphy explains ways we can support students in noticing the sounds in the words we say. Skills for phonemic awareness help children understand how we can manipulate sounds to make words and connect our spoken language and sounds to letters in print as students begin to read. This video provides several ideas for parents and caregivers to practice as part of our daily activities. 

    Mrs. Murphy's Helpful Ideas for Beginning Sounds


    Next, settle in with your student and watch this video for kids to practice our listening skills and think about sounds! Mrs. Murphy helps us hear the sounds in our name. 

    Beginning Sounds Fun with Mrs. Murphy


    Also, Mrs. Worchal shares a rhyming book and plays a rhyming game to help us practice hearing our ending sounds.

    Rhyme Time with Mrs. Worchal


    Then, Mrs. Worchal provides parents and caregivers with ideas for rhyming games to play on any old summer day!

    Resources for Rhyming 


    Don't miss Mrs. Rothbard sharing a read-aloud of Kit's Banana Splits! 

    Mrs. Rothbard practices rhyming with a read-aloud


    Any chance you have to work on sounds with your child benefit their early literacy skills! Sing nursery rhymes, find rhymes in the world around us, play with silly words at dinner! A fun "workout" is always the best way to grow our Kindergarten muscles!  




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  • Kindergarten Academy: Name Writing

    Posted by Melissa Devlin on 6/18/2020

    Welcome back to the Kindergarten Academy Page. As you and your child think about the skills for success entering Kindergarten, learn about an important first step: Name Writing.  In this video, Mrs. Young teaches children how to navigate the lines of the writing paper used in Kindergarten to understand letter placement when writing.

    Name Writing with Mrs. Young

    PRINTABLE: Name Writing Practice Paper


    Then, follow along and keep practicing all summer long!  Mrs. Firestone shares ideas, geared towards parents and caregivers, to keep kids busy at home or on the go.  The ideas she shares will reinforce learning letters within the child's name, practicing skills that will be used throughout kindergarten, and using manipulatives to keep learning fun!

    Name Writing Practice with Mrs. Firestone


    Finally, watch and listen as Mrs. Moyer shares a read-aloud of a great book about letters! 

    Mrs. Moyer's Read-Aloud


     Stay tuned for next week!

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  • Introducing the Kindergarten (Virtual) Academy

    Posted by Melissa Devlin on 6/16/2020

    Since we couldn't meet our youngest Exeter Eagles in person this spring, we wanted to share with you all of the great tips and tricks our staff has to help your child prepare for Kindergarten. Each week we will share a new topic related to Kindergarten Readiness skills for you and your child. There will be a lesson directly for children to watch, then some follow-up tips and ideas for parents and caregivers. Our amazing reading and intervention specialists will also share read-alouds to go with each week's topic. Stay tuned and check back often! 

    To get started, learn about some of our teachers' favorite websites for those chilly or rainy days when we can't get outside to play! 

    Kindergarten Academy: Summer Websites


    For upcoming Summer Academy lessons and information, here are ideas to gather your learning supplies

    Kindergarten Academy: Gathering Supplies for Summer

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  • Summer Opportunity!

    Posted by Melissa Devlin on 6/12/2020

    Incoming Kindergarten students can participate in Exeter's nationally recognized Teachers in the Parks program.  Scholarship opportunities are available. Contact msdevlin@exetersd.org for more information.

    Teachers in the Parks  



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  • Kindergarten Readiness

    Posted by Melissa Devlin on 5/20/2020
    Dear Families,Kids on a bus
    In an effort to continue to provide information that would have been shared at the Pre-K Forum, Pre-K visits, or through the Kindergarten Karnival, we are planning exciting virtual "events" that will help you guide your entering Kindergarten student toward success in the first year of school. 
    The first is one just for parents and caregivers, focusing on routines you can work on while still following statewide stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19. It is available through this link: 
    In addition, the video references a very quick article to learn more about reading aloud at home and making the most of reading time.  
    Soon, we'll be posting the start of our Kindergarten Academy. Topics will vary week by week, helping you and your child get ready for a big start in the fall! Thanks for visiting our site, and check back often! 
    Stay well,
    Melissa Devlin
    Supervisor of Literacy and ESL
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