• Here is the information you need if you were unable to attend our first APTT meeting. Individual student information, plus the class graph for counting, and all the materials needed to play the games at home were sent home on Sept. 15.

Dear Kindergarten Family,

On September 6, we held our very first APTT meeting. APTT stands for Academic Parent Teacher Team. This is our first year of APTT at Coyle and we are very excited to be working together with you to help your child learn essential foundational skills in math and reading. Even if you were unable to attend, you can still be a part of this very important endeavor.

At the meeting, we discussed the importance of children and parents working together at home to practice skills using engaging activities in the form of games provided by our teachers. One of the most powerful pictures shown in the PowerPoint slide show outlined how much time is spent at home, at school, and of course, sleeping. In kindergarten, the time breakdown is even more crucial as the children are in school for just a little over 3 hours. Therefore, practice at home is most important for kindergarten students in order to review and master foundational skills.

The foundational skill we are focusing on for the first 60 days is counting and number sense. The classroom data for counting is presented in the form of a graph showing each child’s initial “counts to” number. The range is astonishing!  Included in this APTT packet is the classroom graph and an attached card with your child’s confidential secret number. The red horizontal line indicates the benchmark goal for the end of the first trimester in November.

Please carefully look at the graph and, based on your child’s current progress, write a realistic 60- day goal for your child in counting using the red sheets provided.  Include a plan for how you will help your child reach that goal. For example, if your child can already count to 20, you might make a smart goal of counting to 30 in 60 days. To help your child reach that goal, you may decide to make a plan to play the two counting activities provided, 4 times a week for 15 minutes a day. SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. Write your goal and your plan on both red sheets, one for you to keep and one to send back to me.

Our next APTT meeting in November will be an individual one rather than a group meeting. It will be similar to traditional parent teacher conferences but with an added emphasis on how successful your child was at meeting their APTT counting goal.

I am providing two counting activities. The two games, Listen and Learn Bear Mat and Zap, come with all of the materials and instructions to be able to play right away. We had lots of fun playing them at the meeting and hope you will enjoy them with your child. Please feel free to modify and adjust the games to fit your child’s goal. For example, if your child can easily recognize all of the number arrangements on the Zap sticks, consider changing the rules to take two sticks and practice addition or subtraction. I’d be happy to help you with ideas on how to modify the games to fit your child’s goal.

See recap on the next page:

Recap:

2.      Look at the information on the classroom graph and make a SMART 60-day goal for your child using the two red sheets attached below. Be sure to keep the Family copy and send me the Teacher Copy by next week.

3.      Play the games with your child. Older siblings and grandpas and grandmas, aunties and babysitters can all take turns playing with your child. Practice makes permanent!

4.      We will meet individually in November plus two more 75 minute APTT meetings this year.

You can reach me at   aris.wilson@sanjuan.edu .

Thank you for being part of our amazing team!!