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Kindergarten
photo of Buffy Krantz

Left: Buffy Krantz can be found in the Adventure Room, where she offers exciting opportunities to explore and discover to small groups of our kindergarteners.

 

Kindergarten Curriculum

Reading

The kindergarten reading program is a balanced literacy program including reading and writing experiences. The students work individually and in groups using guided reading and leveled books. There is classroom instruction in the areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, sight word development, and comprehension strategies. Reading books at each student’s level are sent home each week for independent practice. A variety of literature is experienced each day with read-alouds. Reading to children increases their listening comprehension and gives the students the joy of children’s literature.

 

Writing

The kindergarten writing program uses the work of Lucy Calkins and Katie Wood Ray as a basis for our writer's workshop. Units of study include narrative, informational, and opinion writing. Students write stories using pictures and words. Temporary spelling and learned sight words help students share ideas in written form. A writing notebook is sent home each week to provide independent practice. Each notebook has a different topic for the students to write about.

 

Handwriting

Kindergarten students use the Handwriting Without Tears program to teach correct pencil grip and handwriting skills.

 

Phonics/Phonemic Awareness

Kindergarten students participate in the Wilson Fundations Program. This program focuses on alphabet awareness, blending and segmenting the sounds in words, decoding, vocabulary, and reading fluency.

 

Mathematics

The kindergarten math program is called Bridges. The curriculum focuses on developing students' deep understandings of mathematical concepts, proficiency with key skills, and ability to solve complex and novel problems. Bridges blends direct instruction, structured investigation, and open exploration. It taps into the intelligence and strengths of all students by presenting material that is as linguistically, visually, and kinesthetically rich as it is mathematically powerful.

 

Science

The kindergarten science program includes Animals 2X2 and Wood and Paper. These units are based on scientific inquiry. Children actively participate in hands on activities.

 

Social Studies

The kindergarten social studies program is called Social Studies Alive; Me and My World. The students focus on themselves, family, friends, and their community. The students will also participate in a financial literacy unit.

 

All About Me

As part of the Social Studies unit on self-awareness, we feature one child per week. Students bring pictures and special objects to share with the class. Parents are encouraged to attend their child’s presentation and interview, which takes place each Wednesday.

 

Library

Monday is library day for Mrs. Clark’s AM and PM classes.

Friday is library day for Mrs. Thomas’ AM and PM classes.

During library time, the students listen to and discuss books, learn about the library, and check out new books.

 

Specials

The kindergarten students participate in art, music, STEM, and PE classes.

 

Parent/School Connection

The kindergarten team believes in the importance of parent communication and involvement. Parents volunteer in the classroom daily to support our center activities and special projects. 

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