Overview of Kindergarten Curriculum
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Our kindergarten curriculum is developmental and encourages all children to see themselves as readers, writers and problem solvers. We see all students as unique individuals who develop and grow at different rates. We strive to create a cooperative classroom where children are encouraged to work together. The students interact in a positive way that fosters a successful learning experience for all.
Our reading curriculum includes shared reading, reading aloud, small group guided reading and partner reading. The students learn strategies to help them become independent readers.
Our writing curriculum includes shared writing, interactive writing, and independent writing. Students learn to write through mini-lessons about different writing genres. They are encouraged to use proper writing conventions such as capitalizations and ending punctuation. Some writing units include lists, label, and pattern books, personal narratives, non-fiction/informational books, how-to/instructional books and opinion writing.
The kindergarten students use the Words Their Way program to master their knowledge of letters and sounds. They are encouraged to use developmental spelling to create their own writing pieces. Sight words are introduced weekly.
Kindergarten students use the Everyday Mathematics program. The kindergarten math curriculum is hands-on and incorporates manipulatives to teach all skills. The following concepts are emphasized number identification (1-100), addition, subtraction, sorting and classifying data, composing and decomposing numbers, as well as analyzing and creating shapes.
Our science units are hands-on, discovery-based, NGSS aligned and follow a STEAM design loop. We study weather types, patterns, forecasting tools, and how that impacts the children’s lives directly. We also study the effects of the sun on the earth’s surfaces. We have a unit on forces and motion. We discover how pushes, pulls, gravity, collision and friction impact movement. Lastly, we learn about the close relationship between plants, animals, humans and the environment. We examine habitats, ecosystems and developing world issues. Their young minds have the opportunity to generate creative solutions and build them together.
The social studies units are Family, My Place in the World and Rules and Cooperation. In the Family unit, we work to understand family roles and traditions, learn about cultures within the classroom and community and describe the roles and responsibilities of people in the family. In our My Place in the World unit, we develop an awareness of the physical features of the children’s neighborhood and community. In addition, we work to identify and discuss the duties of community helpers. In the Rules and Cooperation unit, students learn about following rules both in and out of school.