Hello and thanks for visiting my classroom website. My name is Tara Kauk and I teach at Frontier Elementary in Red Rock, OK. I have lived in this community my whole life and graduated from Frontier High School in 1990. In 1994, I graduated from the Southwestern College in Winfield, KS with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. In January of 1995, I was able to come back to the school and community that I love and begin my teaching career. In May 2006, I received my Master's Degree in Educational Administration from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, OK. This will be my nineteenth year teaching. I taught First Grade for eleven years and this is my ninth year to teach Kindergarten and I love it. I am honored to be in the teaching profession and I am proud to say that I am a Kindergarten teacher. I have been married to a wonderful man for 12 years and we have two great children. My husband is the Head Girls Fast-Pitch Softball Coach and the Elementary Principal. He also received his Master's Degree in Educational Administration from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford,OK. My son is eleven years old and my daughter is eight.

Kindergarten Daily Schedule

7:55             Students Arrive

8:00-8:20     Journal Writing

8:20-8:40     Breakfast

8:30-9:00     Morning Meeting: opening, review daily schedule, songs, calendar, weather, poems or story, phonemic awareness

9:00-9:30     Reading and Phonics

9:30-10:00    PE

10:00-10:30   Music/Counseling

10:35-11:45   Literacy First Centers

10:35-11:45   Literacy First Centers

11:45-12:00   Clean up, wash hands for lunch at bathrooms in classroom, line up

12:00-12:20   Lunch

12:20-12:50   Rest Time

12:50-1:00     Math Meeting

1:00-1:30      Whole Group Math 

1:30-2:00     Math Centers

2:00-2:20     Recess

2:20-3:00     Fress Choice and DEAR

3:00-3:10     Mail/Pack and Snacks

3:10-3:20     Dismissal

 

Curriculum

Literacy First

Is a research-based, systematic, systemic and comprehensive reform process that accelerates reading achievement of all Frontier students in grades PreK to 4.

The Literacy First Process:

  • closes the reading gap of all AYP subgroups as demonstrated on nationally normed assessments
  • causes teachers to be more “consciously competent” about the reading process
  • refines teachers’ instructional skills;
  • strengthens principals’ instructional leadership skills
  • offers flexible models to scale from individual schools to larger school districts customizes to meet the needs of any school no matter needs or size

Saxon Phonics

The phonics series builds on prior learning. New learning is presented in increments, and each increment is reviewed throughout the year, providing every child with the exposure needed to achieve reading goals.

Results prove that schools using phonics programs from Saxon in combination with quality literature continue to realize classroom success year after year.

Students gain and retain essential

  • phonemic awareness,
  • phonics,
  • spelling,
  • fluency,
  • and handwriting skills

Envision Math

Envision a math program that engages your students as it strengthens their understanding of math.  enVisionMATH uses problem based interactive learning and visual learning to deepen conceptual understanding.  It incorporates bar diagram visual tools to help students be better problem solvers, and it provides data-driven differentiated instruction to ensure success for every student.  The best part, however, is that this success is proven by independent, scientific research.  Envision more, enVisionMATH!

P.O.N.Y. Binder

This year your child will be using a P.O.N.Y. Binder. P.O.N.Y. stands for Prepared, Organized and Neat Young’ns. This purpose of the binder is to help your child stay organized as they grow and learn responsibility. Your child needs to bring the binder to school everyday. Below you will find a brief description of each section of the binder.

 

1st clear sleeve: Kindergarten Calendar

The calendar has weekly themes, letter of the week, and important dates.

 

2nd clear sleeve: Daily Schedule

The daily schedule will give you an idea of what your child will be doing during the day.

 

3rd clear sleeve: Newsletter

The newsletter will change weekly. It will help keep you informed about the exciting things taking place in kindergarten.

 

4th clear sleeve: School Lunch Menu

 

1st Red Pocket: Important letters from school/teacher

 

2nd Red Pocket: Homework

I will place homework in this pocket every Wednesday. Please initial their homework and place it back in the pocket. I will collect homework on Thursday.

 

1st Blue Pocket: Finished Work

 

Parent/Teacher Communication Log: This section provides a space for us to communicate. Let your child know if there is a note for me and I will let them know before they leave each day. Please initial and date each note.