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Number Rhymes

0 Zero curves to the left and closes to make a badge for a hero. 

1 A straight line down, now you're done. That's the way we make a one!

2 Half a heart, but you're not through, a line to the right makes a two!

3 Around a tree, around a tree, that's the way we make a three. 

4 Come down, turn right, come down once more. That's the way we make a four. 

5 A bee flies out, dives down, backs around the hive and makes a five.

6 Down to a loop, a six makes a hoop.

7 From left to right and down from heaven, that's the way we make a seven.

8 Start like S, but don't you wait. Go back up and close the gate.

9 Make a ballon, slide down the line.  

Favorite Authors

Shoe Tying


Please do not send your child to school in shoes that need to be tied if he or she does not know how to tie. There are great videos on the Internet demonstrating how to tie. Keeping 15 pairs of shoes tied while teaching amazing lessons is very difficult. Thank you for your support with this. I REALLY do appreciate it! Velcro is great stuff : )

TED TALK on shoe tying.

Red Words

The Golden Rule Worldwide

Kindergarten ABC's

Stacey Thielst



     I was born in Los Angeles and moved to Virginia and Ohio before returning to Los Angeles again at the age of seven when my father, Colonel John Robert Hansen retired from the Air Force after serving in both World War II and the Korean War.  He was a was a reconnaissance pilot with a lifelong passion for photography.  He helped invent the first camera that went to the moon, and started his second career at TRW working on classified projects involving satellites and other things I may never find out about. Sherry Louise, my  "Stay Home Mom" valued education so much that each of her four children became education professionals. This love of education was probably seeded when she set up a schoolroom in the basement of our Ohio house with old fashion desks and a blackboard so we could play school!

     While living in Los Angeles I attended Berkeley Hall School and Marlborough School. I graduated from high school a year early and headed to Alton, Illinois to attend Principia College. At the beginning of my senior year I visited The University of California Santa Barbara and fell in love with the place. I was accepted within two weeks  and have been in Santa Barbara County ever since. I received my Bachelor's degree and Teaching Credential from UCSB (1989).

     I was eighteen years old when I first became a teacher for a summer school program at Viewpoint School in Calabasas, CA. I was an instructional assistant at UCSB's Children Center while going to school and helped in Katie Isaacson's class (She graduated from Vista). I'll never forget the day her parents brought a calf for show and tell. I taught the four-year old preschool classes at both The Danville Children's Center and the Storke Children's Center, and I also founded and ran a small country preschool called Little Critters in Montecito. I taught for the English Language Program at UCSB for two summers and finally received my first  credentialed full-time position at Mire Monte School in Ojai, where I taught kindergarten for two years before coming to Vista.

     I arrived at Vista in 1991 at the temporary sight and ran the after school program, taught ESL as well as the preschool program on Fridays. When we moved to the new school I team taught in a 2nd/3rd grade combination class, and continued to help the Spanish speaking students learn English. I started teaching 2nd grade in 1993, switched to 1st grade in 2002, and the 2016-2017 school year will be my tenth year as Vista's kindergarten teacher. My first kindergarten crew will be graduating as 8th graders this year.


Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

To start kindergarten, children must be 5 years old on or before September 1. If the student's birthday is between September and December, they will be a TK (Transitional Kindergarten) student.

Kindergarten should be an exciting and rewarding experience for both children and their parents. While there is no perfect checklist to determine when your child is truly ready for kindergarten, the following list will give you an idea of the necessary skills a child should have mastered in order to receive the greatest benefit from their kindergarten experience. Remember, age is only one factor in determining kindergarten readiness. Social, emotional, cognitive and physical development should also be taken into account.

Your kindergarten-ready child should be able to:

Social and Emotional Development

Use words instead of being physical when angry or frustrated

Listen to stories without interrupting

Follow two-step directions

Ask for help when necessary

Pay attention for short periods of time to adult-directed tasks

Stay with an activity to completion

Initiate and sustain appropriate play with other children

Begin to share with others and understand taking turns

Comply with rules, limits, and routines

Be able to recognize authority

Interact appropriately with adults

Respect the rights, property, and feelings of others

Begin to control themselves

Dress themselves (button shirts, pants, coats, and zip up zippers)

Manage bathroom needs independently

Separate from parents for extended period of time without being upset

Attempt new tasks knowing it’s okay to make mistakes

Motor Skills

Hold scissors correctly

Holds a pencil, crayon or marker properly

Put together a 10-12 piece puzzle

Ride a tricycle

Run, jump, and skip

Walk backwards

Try to write, scribble, or draw


Speak in complete sentences of 5-6 words

Use descriptive language

Sing and/or recite nursery rhymes

Pretend, create, and make-up songs and stories

Talk about everyday experiences

Tell or retell stories

Enjoy having books read to him/her

Ask questions

Verbally and appropriately respond to a topic

Express her/his ideas so others can understand her/him


Look at pictures and then tell stories

Identify some alphabet letters

Count to 10

Correctly count at least 3 objects

Identify own first name in writing

Attempt to print own first name

Recognize and identify 5 colors

Understand concepts such as in/out, under/on, on/off, front/back

Participate in art and music activities

Know her/his body parts (head, shoulder, knees, etc.)

Draw a picture of her/himself including head, body, arms, and legs

Use words like bigger, smaller or heaviest to show comparison

Links for Parents

Click here for a link to Summer learning activities

Family FUNdamentals for Summer learning

An article for parents about starting kindergarten

10 Tips to Prepare Your Children for Kindergarten

PBS Article on Preparing Children for Kindergarten



Great Education Web Sites

This sites below have kindergarten games.

This site has kindergarten related links.

This site has Dolch word lists and practice activities.

This site has math practice activities:

This site is a great place to learn phonics and practice reading skills:

This site addresses bullying and behavior issues.

Kindergarten learning websites:

The next four sites relate to children’s literature and the importance of reading aloud.

Reading Rockets:

Jim Trelease:

Esme Raji Codell:

Peggy Sharp:

The Four Agreements
The Four Agreements

Daily Saying

Today is a new day.

I will not waste time today.

I will do my best, because I can make my dreams come true.

I will learn how to learn.

I won't give up when things get tough.

I will smile a lot and think about the good side of things.

I will share my feelings.

I am intelligent and kind and special and wonderful!

Web sites that inspire this teacher

Learning to Read


“The curriculum for reading and the language arts in kindergarten through grade three provides explicit and systematic instruction and diagnostic support in:

–     Phonemic awareness

–     Phonics

–     Decoding         

–      Word-attack skills

–      Spelling

–      Vocabulary

–      Fluency in reading connected text

–      Comprehension skills

–      Writing skills and strategies and their application

–      Listening and speaking skills and strategies”


Professional Training


•Spelling for New teachers (1 day) 

•Whole Language with Bev Bain (1 day)

McCracken Workshops (4 days)

•Drawing with children taught by author, Mona Brookes. She moved to Ojai and used our school as a pilot school to help her research. She personally trained us how to use the strategies explained in her books. After attending her inservices, I began to draw and started painting.

•Fundamentals of Drawing (SBCC 3 units)

•Fundamentals of Painting (SBCC 3 units)

•Foundations of Design (SBCC 3 units)

•Beyond Oral Skills to Reading and Writing (UCSB 1 unit)

•The Structure of English (UCSB 3 units)

•Linguistics for ESL Teachers (UCSB 3 units)

•Interest Based Negotiations (3 days)

•Strengthening your 2nd Grade Math Program (1 day)

•Conflict Resolution Training (3 days)

Roger Taylor (1 day) Sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Education Office

Assertive Discipline with Lee Canter (1 day) Sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Education Office

•CATESOL (3 days)

•It's Elementary (12 days) Sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Education Office

•The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (3 days)

•Developing Curriculum for the 90's (1 day)

•Project READ (3 days)

•Project WRITE (1 day)

•The Importance of Reading Aloud to Children / Jim Trelease (1 day) 

•Reading Strategies for the Primary Classroom (1 day) 

•Improving Spelling in Daily Writing with Rebecca Sitton (2 days) 

•Digital Video Boot Camp (5 days) Sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Education Office

•Beginning Adobe PageMaker UCSB (1 day)

•Beginning Adobe Photoshop UCSB (1 day)

•Authoring Animated Multimedia Using Director (SBCC 2 units)

•Nonlinear Digital Editing (SBCC 1 unit)

•Using the Internet in the Classroom (SBCC 1 unit)

•CUE Conference (3 times)

MacWorld Pro. Expo

•Interface Design (UCSB 3 units)

•Fundamentals of Design Media (5 units-SBCC)

•Landscape Painting (SBCC 1 unit)

•Portrait Painting (SBCC 3 units)

•Summer Technology Institute (5 days) Sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Education Office

•Network Fundamentals by JDL (2 days)

•Mac Manager and the Network by Apple Computer (2 days)

•Asilomar Reading Conference (4 times) (2 days each time)

•Peggy Sharp's The Best Literature of 2007 (1 day)

•Lindamood-Bell On Coud Nine (1 days)

•Lindamood-Bell Seeing Stars (5 days)

•Lindamood-Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing (3days)

•I have attended the Santa Ynez Valley Wide Conference for Common Core Standards Training three times

*Peggy Sharp's "Best Children's Literature or 2012"

Factswise with Vallery Henry

•Common Core Writing Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Instructional Tools to Prepare all Students for Common Core Academic Language with Dr. Kate Kinsella

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