GREEN WOODS CLASSROOMS
Science is an important part of the Kindergarten Curriculum. Students have Science class three times a week, as well as having science integration throughout the week, in the regular classroom. Students in Kindergarten are exposed to all of the concepts that they will focus on in more detail in the years to come. Topics we will cover in order are: Five senses, Forest, Pond, Agriculture, Fabric, Hands on activities, Field, and Water Habitats. By exposing children at a young age to the importance of the environment and their role as citizens, students develop a love for the world they live in that they will carry with them for a lifetime!
Starting in Kindergarten, our students are immersed in environmental science content and use the study of the natural world as a focus for reading, writing, creative arts and more. Our youngest naturalists become actively engaged in environmental field studies where they apply what they learn in class to the real world around them. By the time our students have matriculated through our curriculum framework, they are well-prepared for understanding the environment, their place in it, and their responsibility to it. Our K-8 curriculum framework builds upon a strong content-driven foundation and focuses on providing an integrated approach to learning that is unlike any other K-8 school in our region.
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The kindergarten math program that we use is entitled Everyday Mathematics and it uses a "hands-on" concrete approach to teaching math concepts. The program utilizes many manipulative materials and real-life topics to develop mathematical concepts in a way that kindergarten students can understand. Topics we learn in Kindergarten include: Sorting and Classifying, Estimation and Mental Math, Organizing Data (charts and graphs), Problem Solving, Money, Time, Numbers, Operations, Geometry, Measurement, and Patterning.
Students learn to read and write using the "Wilson Fundations" program. This program teaches students phonics and phonemic awareness using gross motor skills and sound to letter correlation. Starting in September, students first are introduced to three letters a week. Students learn the letter, letter sound, and a corresponding picture to go along with the letter (ex. "t" "top" "/t/). After all of the letters and letter sounds are mastered, the program shifts into teaching three and four letter words by "tapping out" the individual phonemes. Towards the end of the year students learn blends, digraphs, and word family endings.
In January, students will also start Guided Reading. Students will be broken into smaller groups based on their levels. Students will then be taught decoding and comprehension skills.
The Writer's Workshop program we use is Lucy Calkin's. In the beginning of Kindergarten, the goal is to move pre-emergent/ emergent readers into the writing process by allowing them to form a drawing. The teachers will then record the student's words in dictation on the drawing and encourage the students to move from drawing to writing by guiding the student in the use of phonetics to sound out words. By the end of kindergarten we strive for student independence of fluency in their writing.
In Kindergarten we learn about the Social Sciences on a daily basis with our interactions with one another. We learn about "peaceful problem solving" strategies, called "I Messages." We also reiterate the importance of manners and respect on a daily basis. We will be touching on different holidays throughout the year, as well as learning about the country we live in and the diversity of our families! Our overall goal is to build off of the positive behaviors taught at home and mold our students into model citizens!