• Kindergarten Overview


    Please click to learn more specifics about our program - Hillside School Modified Kindergarten Presentation

    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.

     Reader’s Workshop 

    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.

     Writer’s Workshop 

    Our writing curriculum includes:  shared writing, interactive writing and independent writing.  Student 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.

     Phonics/Word Work

     The kindergarten students use the Words Their Way Program to master thier knowledge of letters and sounds.  They are encouraged to use “developmental” spelling to create their own writing pieces.  Sight words are introduced weekly.


    Kindergarten student use teh 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 & classifying data, composing & decomposing numbers, analyzing & crating shapes.