Kindergarten

Our Kindergarten program enrolls children 5-6 years old. Classes meet 5 days per week Monday-Friday from 9:00AM-2:00PM with before and after school care available from 6:30AM-5:30PM.

Curriculum Summary

Kindergarten

“The Journey Begins”

The goal of our Kindergarten program is to prepare each student for the transition to first grade. Our program supports effective teaching practices and opportunities for student discovery through the following domains:

  • Language and Communication
    • Listening Comprehension Skills
    • Speaking
    • Speech Production Skills
    • Vocabulary Skills
    • Sentences and Structure Skills
  • Social and Emotional Development
    • Self Concept Skills
    • Self Control Skills (Behavior/Emotional)
    • Social Competence Skills
  • Reading
    • Phonological Awareness Skills
    • Alphabet Knowledge Skills
    • Comprehension of Text Read Aloud Skills
  • Writing
    • Forms Letters Skills
    • Concepts about Print Skills
  • Mathematics
    • Counting Skills
    • Adding To/Taking Away Skills
    • Geometry and Spatial Sense Skills
    • Measurement Skills
    • Classification and Patterns Skills
  • Science
    • Physical Science Skills
    • Life Science Skills
    • Earth and Space Science Skills
    • Personal Safety and Health Skills
  • Social Studies
    • American History/ Holidays and Symbols
    • People, Past and Present Skills
    • Economic Skills
    • Geography Skills
    • Citizenship Skills
  • Fine Arts
    • Art Skills
    • Music Skills
    • Dramatic Expression Skills
  • Physical Development
    • Gross Motor Development Skills
    • Fine Motor Development Skills

Literacy Program

The Scott Foresman Reading Program is a comprehensive, scientifically based, core reading program that helps every student succeed. It includes instructional content based on the five essential components of reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and text comprehension.

This curriculum enables students to:

  • Recognize the alphabet and develop letter sound association.
  • Identify rhyming words.
  • Learn sight vocabulary.
  • Become familiar with environmental print.
  • Actively engage in group reading with purpose and understanding.
  • Develop comprehension strategies.
  • Draw pictures to express ideas.
  • Express ideas through dictation.
  • Combine pictures, letters and words.
  • Use developmental spelling.
  • Practice letter formation with directional spacial convention of print.
  • Listen and speak at appropriate times.
  • Participate in conversation.
  • Participate in dramatic play.
  • Listen actively to stories.
  • Demonstrate awareness of rhyme rand rhythm in language through songs, stories and poetry.
  • Participate in storytelling and interpretation of stories.
  • Listen to and follow directions.
  • Participate in large and small group discussions.

Math Program

One of the goals of Kindergarten mathematics is for each student to be able to read and write numbers, possibly past 100. We recognize that students learn at different rates and that not all students will be able to count, read or write numbers past 100 however each student’s competence will increase with daily exposure to calendar and math activities.

We use a variety of manipulative materials with which the students can practice counting, sorting, patterning and designing. As the year progresses they will be using these materials to make basic combinations of addition and subtraction facts. Activities are designed to help students see the relationships in mathematics and to help them understand new concepts and ideas through exploration and problem solving.

The following domains will be covered:

  • Numbers Sense and Operations
  • Algebra
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Problem Solving

Our math program is designed to help students achieve the following goals:

  • To make simple patterns independently.
  • To count to 100 by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.
  • To place numbers in sequential order from 1 to 20.
  • To understand the concept of sets.
  • To understand number meanings.
  • To sort groups of objects by like attributes.
  • To understand a simple graph.
  • To have a conceptual understanding of addition and subtraction.

Calendar Math

Calendar math is an interactive bulletin board that provides daily visual hands-on experience to critical math concepts such as place value, mental math, measurement, time, money, geometry, estimation, patterns, graphing and weather. It is a continuous learning experience that contributes to the construction of learning over time. Different monthly elements provide daily practice in which students examine mathematical relationships that are key to the curriculum at each grade level. These skills and concepts will lay the groundwork for future lessons and reinforce skills previously taught.

Social Studies

Our Social Studies curriculum will help students to develop a self understanding that will help to build a foundation for learning about others and the world. Skills such as problem solving, decision-making, and working independently, as well as with others in the classroom, will prepare them to become good citizens.

The curriculum will enable students to:

  • Identify: Myself and Others
    • Develop multicultural awareness.
    • Understand needs, wants, talents, abilities, and feelings of self and others.
    • Understand similarities and uniqueness among people.
  • Identify: My Family and Other Families
    • Explore traditions and cultures.
    • Explore uniqueness of family unit.
  • Identify: My School. Community and Careers
    • Appreciate rules.
    • Appreciate roles of community helpers.
    • Appreciate people of my community and geographic region.
  • Citizenship: Symbols of Citizenship
    • Have knowledge and respect for the flag.
    • Recognize symbols such as State and national flags, Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell, bald eagle, purple finch, lilac.
  • Citizenship: Roles of Citizenship
    • Develop and understand rights and responsibilities.
    • Practice socialization with peers and adults.
    • Demonstrate respect for the classroom, school and community.
    • Contribute to a classroom community.

Science

Kindergarten General Science is designed to serve as the foundation for establishing basic scientific concepts to be built upon in future grades. The students will acquire the knowledge, concepts, skills, and processes of the life, Earth and Space, and physical sciences.

The curriculum will enable students to:

  • Life Science: Alive
    • Observe the world through literature, exploration, and discussion.
    • Identify a variety of plants and animals.
    • Identify growth changes in plants and animals.
    • Identify human traits; for example, eye color.
  • Earth Science: Day and Night
    • Observe and discuss changes in the shape of the moon, weather conditions, and length of day.
    • Observe and discuss how day and night and seasonal changes affect what people and animals do.
  • Physical Science: Water
    • Explore the physical properties of water using their senses.
    • Observe and discuss changes in solids, liquids, and gases.
    • Explore sinking and floating.