Literacy

In kindergarten, much of our day is focused around the 4 aspects of literacy: reading, writing, speaking and listening.  Teachers use Storytown and Zoophonics curriculums to guide instruction.  Students will learn all the letters and sounds, and how to blend sounds to make words.  Your child will learn 100 “sight words” (commonly seen words, many of which can’t be sounded out, e.g. “the” or “his”) and develop rhyming skills.  Kindergarten is a year of tremendous growth – by the end of the year, your child will not only be reading words, but short, grade-level books, as well!

Writing

Your child’s writing will grow gradually over the course of the school year, from basic pictures to random strings of letters, to simple words, to sentences!  Your child will learn to write the sounds that they hear in spoken language, draw illustrations and add details to their writing.  Your child will write: informational, narrative, opinion and how-to books.

Math

In kindergarten, we use Math in Focus, hands-on experiences, and other supplements to develop your child’s mathematical thinking.  Your child will acquire many foundational skills by the end of the year including: counting to 100 (by 1s and 10s), writing numerals correctly, patterning, measurement, identifying flat and 3D shapes, addition, and will begin to learn about money.

Science

Your child will learn to ask questions, be curious, and wonder about how and why different things work through our FOSS science curriculum.  We will study Trees, Weather and Animals, in addition to other student-selected topics of interest this year.

Teaching Strategies Gold

Teaching Strategies Gold or “TS Gold” is an observation-based assessment system that kindergarten teachers will be using to help monitor academic growth, as well as developmental growth.  Instead of only focusing on content areas, TS Gold helps capture the development and growth of the whole child – looking at areas such as language, cognition, physical and social/emotional growth, too.  This tool helps teachers and parents see which skills and behaviors are typical for children of a particular age or class/grade.  No matter where a child is on the continuum, it helps inform instructional “next steps” for each individual child based on their developing skills.

Specials

Kindergarten students will attend the following classes once a week: Art, Computer, Music and P.E.

Self-Help Skills

“Self-help skills” are basic life skills that are needed to be independent.  In young children, these skills include toileting, hand washing, buttoning, zipping, eating independently, cleaning up after oneself, getting dressed, asking for help, and tying shoes.  Kindergarteners should be encouraged and given the opportunity to practice all of these skills daily (both at home and at school) so that they can become more autonomous.  If a skill is tricky for a child, instead of simply completing the task for him/her, encourage the child to ask for help, then proceed to show them (without doing the task for them) what they need to do, and in what sequence.  Fostering independence will help improve your child’s self-esteem and confidence.