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Each year students’ skills are further refined. Kindergarten is where many students either learn to read or refine emerging skills.
Through both teacher-directed and self-directed activities, the social, emotional, creative, and intellectual growth of each child is encouraged. Building a strong community in which the children are comfortable taking risks and in which they appreciate, and feel appreciated by their peers lays the groundwork for their years ahead.
Hands-on discovery and concrete experiences form the basis for mastery of number readiness skills and basic mathematical concepts. In social studies, students explore beyond their school and family environments through classroom investigations of settings such as The White House, their neighborhoods, and outer space.
The six-hour program, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m, balances structured work time with rich and varied opportunities for play. Children learn to work and play constructively, developing concepts, skills and work habits that continually reinforce each other and prepare them for increasingly sophisticated tasks.
Literacy skills are taught in kindergarten through a balanced approach. Our program provides students with a secure foundation to ensure that they emerge as beginning readers and writers. Children are encouraged to demonstrate reading ability when it is developmentally appropriate. Methods of instruction include: reading aloud, shared reading, interactive reading and independent reading. Children will construct and convey meaning supported by a variety of materials and programs.
All kindergarten students engage in various writing activities. Methods of writing instruction include: modeled writing, collaborative writing, shared writing, guided writing and independent writing.
Mathematics is a universal language that allows us to make sense of our world. In order to develop and enrich student understanding of mathematics, kindergarten students will have opportunities to experience the utility, power and beauty of mathematics as they become proficient in using and applying fundamental mathematical concepts.
Scientific literacy enables us to make informed, responsible decisions that affect our daily lives. As a result of the science curriculum, kindergarten students will be able to ask scientific questions and make decisions based on investigation, observation and discussion of results.
The goal of the social science curriculum is to prepare students to become responsible citizens. As a result of this curriculum, kindergarten students will make connections and applications to the question: “How are people connected to each other and the world around them?”
Our Spanish language program, taught by one of our native Spanish-speaking teachers once per week, encourages students to develop lifelong skills to communicate effectively in the global marketplace, create a greater awareness of another culture, and increase knowledge and appreciation of language. The curriculum introduces students to the skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural competence.