Linda Brunson

Literacy Night

Thanks to all the families who visited our booth on Literacy Night.  Even though it was cold outside, we had more than 25 students stop by and learn about Khan Academy Kids. Ms. Tiffany and her daughter helped me “man” this booth – our first ever!  Ms. Tiffany is a volunteer tutor in Ms. Williams’

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My Sight Words

Would you believe kindergarteners are expected to know 237 words by sight? To help them achieve this goal, we’ve prepared 125 charts listing all these “sight words.”  They are colorful and laminated.  Each kindergartener gets one for his/her personal use in the classroom. This project was funded by a grant from Walmart River City Marketplace.

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Sorter / Storage

Every kindergarten classroom now has two sorters for storage.  One stores 11″x17″ sheets and laminates that help teach the kids to count to 100.  The second is used to store trays of letters that help teach kids how to read.  As modern classrooms contain more and more teaching aids, organization is a must!

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Tutoring Certificates

The kindergarteners enrolled in our tutoring program progress at their own pace.  As each of our Know & Grow Kiddos complete one of the eight goals, he/she receives a certificate to take home. The children taking the iPads home for after-school tutoring complete the goals MUCH faster!

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Students Helping Students

Over the summer, highschoolers volunteered 427 hours helping us prepare for this school year. They put together new literacy materials, including UFLI word trays and decodable notebooks.  They cleaned and organized existing teaching tools:  they replaced batteries in etch-a-sketches, cleaned and counted bags of geo shapes, cleaned and prepped the iPads for screen protector replacements,

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One Employee…Giant Step

Know & Grow Learning Depot now has an employee.  This is a first and is a giant step for our nonprofit! This part-time teaching assistant tutors kindergarteners.  Using the award-winning Khan Academy Kids, she tutors groups of up to 10 students at a time.  With the learning software, each child progresses at his/her own pace.

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Quiet Feet

All kindergarteners and first grade chair legs now have quiet feet.  In addition to reducing the classroom noise level, the tennis balls also make it possible for the young children to slide and re-arrange their chairs. Thanks to the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club for donating tennis balls.  And, thanks to Roger Mann for cutting

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Literacy Workbook

We have new Kid-Sized Materials for the 2023-24 school year.  The District is implementing the University of Florida Literacy Institute (UFLI) program to teach young readers.  We put together a workbook which encompasses the “decodable” lessons/drills devised by UFLI.  We call it My Blue Book and each kindergartener will receive his/her very own copy. In

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  • Delta Education Weather Vane (4)
  • Delta Educational Barometer (4)
  • Classifying Clouds Photo Cards (4)
  • Didax Plastic Anemometer (2)
  • Delta Education Solar Hot Air Balloon (4)
  • NewPath Weather and Climate Learning Center (4)
  • Taylor Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer, Dual Scale (4)
  • V-Back Metal Thermometers, Dual Scale (60)