Kindergarten Teacher
Room 2 Mrs. Vanessa Eckman

E-mail:      Phone: 480-472-6702

Welcome to Kindergarten!

This is a wonderful time in your child's life and I am so honored to be a part of this truly amazing time! I have taught for over 27 years and I am confident you and your child will love Kindergarten as much as I do!  

I am a native Montanan and graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education.  I loved being a teacher so much I wanted to learn innovative ways to teach children, so I obtained a Master of Arts in Teaching from Grand Canyon University.  I have a Special Education Early Childhood Endorsement, Reading Endorsement, as well as English as a Second Language Endorsement.  My teaching experience encompasses Preschool (self-contained and inclusion), Kindergarten, Pre-First (advance Kindergarten), and Reading Intervention (first through sixth grade). My love and passion is literacy and phonemic awareness.  Nothing is more thrilling than witnessing children develop skills in reading and language and I look forward to sharing my passions with your child.

On a personal note, I have been married for over 30 years and we have two boys, Thor (Senior) and Krew (8th grader) who currently attend schools at Westwood and Mesa Academy.  As a family we like to visit National Parks, take nature walks, kayaking and cooking. I also enjoy a good book and watching Netflix.  


What every Kindergartener Should Know

MPS outline for Kindergarten

Arizona Learning Standards

Kindergarten Standards for
ELA, Math, Science & Social Studies

Letter Sound Chart

Practice daily to increase letter & sound fluency

Weekly Sight words

Weekly Break down of letter sounds, Sight Words, Word Families for the Kindergarten Year

Kindergarten Sight Words

100 Sight words & flash cards for the year

Educational Websites


Great site for literacy

PBS Kids

Great site for math, reading, and more!


Great for reading and math

Storyline Online

Books on video

Time Magazine For Kids

Nonfiction news articles for kids


Wide range of science education
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Tumble Books

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Turtle Diary

Alphabet games
designed for Kindergarteners

Turtle Diary

Math games
designed for Kindergarten

YouTube Song Links

Quick links to some of my favorite channels

Mrs. Eckman

Mrs. Eckman and her family taking selfie at Grand Canyon

Mrs. Eckman and her family taking selfie at Grand Canyon ‎ ‎ ‎

Parent Resources

Meet the Teacher

Suggested School Supplies

Kindergarten Information

Our class information sheet from A-Z

Parent/Student Information Sheet

Print and give to Mrs. Eckman

District Calendar

Includes school breaks and holidays

Parent University

Free classes that will help you teach your child

Dialogic Reading

Tips on how to read to a Kindergartener

Watch Mrs. Eckman teaching Zoo Phonics

Learn the sounds and actions that
your child will do in class.

Watch Mrs. Eckman teaching numerals

Multi-sensory approach to
teaching numbers 1-20

Math Videos

Watch Mrs. Eckman teach lessons on Categorizing Objects, Shapes, and Numbers

Writing Videos

Watch Mrs. Eckman teach Pre Writing Shapes

Phonemic Awareness

Watch Mrs. Eckman teach Zoo Phonics (letter names and sounds), Compound Words, Word Fluency, and More!