Mrs. Costin - Kindergarten

Hello and welcome to kindergarten.  I am so excited to be a part of the Akers Elementary family!  I am really looking forward to getting to know your student as well as your family.  Our kindergarten team has many exciting and engaging activities planned for this school year. 

A little about myself, my family moved here this summer from near St. Louis, Missouri.   We, too, are a Navy family so I know the pride and joy, as well as, the challenges that come with this lifestyle.  My husband has been in the Navy for a little over 16 years.  We have been married for 24 years, and have two beautiful children.  Our son is in college, and our daughter is a sophomore at Lemoore High School.

         I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.  I graduated from City University of Seattle in June of 2012.  Before graduating college I worked in the school system in Washington state as an instructional assistant.  I taught remedial reading to first graders and worked with third graders who were struggling in math.  I also supported a teacher with a 4/5 split class by planning and teaching the reading curriculum to the 5th graders.  Upon moving to Missouri, I obtained my Missouri teaching credentials and subbed for 3 years there and taught full time 1 year in kindergarten.  While subbing I did several long term substitute jobs most of which were in kindergarten.  I absolutely love teaching kindergarten!

         Both our school and the district are committed to following the common core.  Some of the things your student will learn in math this year are how to identify and count numbers to 100, compare and describe measurable attributes, add and subtract within 10, identify and describe 2D and 3D shapes.  In reading, your student will learn sight words, letter sounds and blends, and reading comprehension strategies.  We will use the Reading Mastery Program, which teaches strong decoding skills so kindergarteners leave this year as readers.  In writing, your student will use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose opinion, informative, and narrative pieces.

As a class we have discussed and written down 6 rules that are important to us.  Each day your student follows the class rules they will receive a stamp on their hand.  Also each day your student will bring home a folder that contains the work they’ve done that day.  Please try to check the folder and have your student bring it back to school daily.    Communication is so important to me.  Please do not hesitate to call, email, write a note, or meet with me before or after school.  I’m here to help your student be successful and have fun while learning many amazing things this year.

Lisa Costin

lcostin@central.k12.ca.us

(559) 998-5707 ext. 2305