2023-24 Assessments

Waterford, the official assessment tool for kindergarten, reports Dinsmore Elementary ranked #2 in reading growth and #4 in math and science growth.  This is quite an accomplishment as Duval County Public Schools has 97 elementary schools and is the 20th largest school district in the nation.  Congratulations teachers and kiddos!

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Improved Blue Books

Freshly prepared new and improved workbooks for next school year have already been delivered. The notebooks we put together encompassing the University of Florida Literacy Institute (UFLI) “decodable” lessons/drills has been expanded.  Each lesson will now include a special “Let’s Spell Together” manuscript page designed by a Dinsmore Elementary kindergarten teacher. For the 2024-25 school

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Can you spell hug?

When learning to read, being able to spell consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) words is a BIG deal.  We designed these trays so that the kids, when asked to spell a word, can see all the beginning, middle, and ending possibilities. The teachers asked we add images to the trays.  Can you see the little image of the

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One-on-one tutoring

Even though our classroom tutoring is in small groups, each child receives one-on-one assistance the entire time from Kodi and friends! Students progress at their own speed along our learning path.  We designed our own learning paths based on teacher recommendations.  We could not use the built-in Khan Academy Kids learning path as it rotates

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Thanks Walmart River City!

Once again Walmart River City Marketplace came through with a generous grant to support our Kid-Sized Materials program. The materials we’ve provided over the years have been updated to meet newly-mandated learning curriculums and in response requests by kindergarten and first-grade teachers. Each year the support of Walmart River City Marketplace has enhanced our kiddos

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A Second Literacy Workbook

My Blue Book has been so popular, we created a second literacy workbook.  My Purple Book includes additional UFLI lessons/drills as well as accompanying manuscript pages.  The manuscript pages, which help practice letter formation and spelling, were designed by one of our kindergarten teachers.  Each kindergartener has received his/her very own My Purple Book.  In

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So excited!

Eighteen kindergarteners have earned Khan Academy Kids t-shirts so far this school year!  That is right…we have 18 kindergarteners who have completed more than half the Know & Grow Tutoring Program.  It is quite a milestone when these children – most of whom did not know the alphabet – can now build and read CVC

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The Graduate

“Ariel” started kindergarten knowing only two letters of the alphabet.  She would cry as she didn’t know as much as was expected.  “Ariel” diligently took an iPad home and completed ten little assignments most every night.  Around Valentines’ Day, “Ariel” was removed by her classroom teacher from the Know & Grow Tutoring Program – even

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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)