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 classroom.
Kindergarten uses the Fountas & Pinnell literacy program designed to support whole-group, small-group and independent learning opportunities including: interactive read-aloud; reading mini-lessons; writing mini-lessons; shared reading; phonics, spelling, and word study; guided reading; book clubs; and independent reading collections. Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ is rich with authentic texts, lessons or conferring cards, minilessons and professional learning tools for a systematic, transformative approach to literacy instruction.
We also use Fundations®, a multisensory and systematic phonics, spelling, and handwriting. Key features include letter formation, phonological and phonemic awareness, sound mastery, phonics, word study, and advanced word study, irregular (trick) word instruction, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension strategies, written composition (spelling and handwriting).
In addition, we use the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness curriculum. Phonemic awareness is the ability to understand that spoken words are made up of individual sounds called phonemes, and it’s one of the best early predictors for reading success. Heggerty Phonemic Awareness is designed to provide daily instruction in eight phonological and phonemic awareness skills. Students practice blending, segmenting, and manipulating words, syllables, and phonemes each day. With daily lessons, students are able to build the necessary foundation to become automatic decoders of print. The 10- 15 minute lessons are fast-paced and completely oral.
Math: The Meadowbrook School uses the GoMath series Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. 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.
Social Studies: 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.
Art: 1 day a week
Physical Education: 2 days a week
Library: 1 day a week
Music: 2 days a week
Science: 1 day a week
Computers: 2 days a week
World Language: 2 days a week for Spanish
Traditions & Special Events:
5th grade Readers & 4th-grade Buddies
VIP, Share Bag, & Surprise Box
Trip to Freddy Hill Farm
The Gingerbread Breakfast
Daily Schedule (Example)
8:00 – 9:00 Morning Meeting
9:00 - 9:30 Reading Lesson - read aloud - phonics
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
11:30 – 12:30 Math
12:30 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 1:30 Rest time
1:30 – 2:00 Handwriting, centers. Centers include: kid writing, sight word books, and crafts
2:00 – 3:00 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.