The classroom is a warm, relaxed and friendly environment. Children learn when they feel comfortable, however, we do stress responsibility, independence and respecting others.
Year at a Glance:
Reading: The Kindergarten reading program develops a strong foundation for
reading skills, and focuses on the most important components of reading:
phonemic awareness, phonics, sight words and reading comprehension.
Handwriting: In Kindergarten, we use the Handwriting Without Tears Program,
which incorporates hands-on activities and multisensory teaching strategies
that build good handwriting habits.
Writing: We use the Kid Writing Program, which allows the students to use their
knowledge of phonemic awareness. This enables them to begin the
writing process by hearing the sounds in words and using visual print in the
Math: Math is incorporated into our day in a variety of techniques. Not only do we have an
excellent math series, but we use a multitude of manipulatives to teach every math lesson.
Using literature and visual aids, our program involves discussions about famous figures, holidays, safety, families, cooperation, and thoughtfulness towards others, as well as social skills.
Kindergarten Traditions and Special Events:
5th grade Readers, 4th-grade Buddies, VIP, Share Bag, Surprise Box, Beau Bear, Freddy Hill Farm Trip, Gingerbread Breakfast, and a performance for graduation.
Daily Schedule Example
8:00 – 9:00 Table Top/ Morning Meeting
9:00 - 9:30 Introduction to Letter Person: Book, Poem or Story, Math or Handwriting
9:30 – 10:00 Reading or Specials (Science, Art, Music, World Languages, PE, Computers or Library)
10:00 – 10:30 Snack and recess
10:30 – 11:00 Specials or Show & Tell
11:00 – 11:30 Handwriting or Math
11:30 – 12:00 Specials or Centers
12:00 – 12:40 Lunch
12:45 – 1:30 Rest time
1:30 – 2:00 Finish morning activities, complete make-up assignments, and will often do a whole-group mini-lesson that focuses on the weekly theme, letter or assignments. Often we will have puppet shows, stories, or experiments.
2:00 – 3:00 Pack-up, End-of-the-day jobs, Recess and Dismissal
Show & Tell: VIP, Share Bag, and Surprise Box are all opportunities each child will have throughout the year to share something about themselves and their interests.
Beau Bear: Beau Bear will be having weeknight visits with each family in January and February. A notebook will be coming home with Beau so you can describe whom he met and what he did during his stay. The children love to share these experiences with the class. This is also a time for us to get to know each other.