Early Elementary School (K-2) » Kindergarten

Kindergarten

Our Teachers
 
Kate McCaffrey
 
Science
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!

Field trip 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.

Please take time to explore our many classrooms and learn why others have reached out from across the state and country want to replicate our program.

Math
The kindergarten math program that we use is entitled Go Math! 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.
 

Language Arts

Our school wide ELA program is Journeys.  

This program covers: 

  • Reading Comprehension 
  • Fluency 
  • Letter Identification
  • High Frequency Words
  • Phonics
  • Grammar
  • Writing 

 

 

During Journeys ELA we use the following strategies: 

Read-Aloud 

Read-aloud books are standard-sized books that are read by the teacher for the children’s enjoyment. They usually are written on a higher reading level and most cannot be read independently by kindergarteners.  However, kindergarteners can gain knowledge about story structure and characters just by hearing and enjoying the story.  Read-aloud stories play a large part in instilling a love of literature in children. 

Standard-Sized Books 

Standard-sized books are used in several ways in the classroom.  The teacher can read these books to the children, or they can look through them independently in their book baskets.  Some kindergarteners will be able to read these books, some will hunt through them looking for familiar words, and some will make up words to go along with the pictures.  Any of these independent activities are encouraged because all are reinforcing reading skills. 

Big Books (Shared Reading) 

Big books are large versions of authentic pieces of literature. The large print enables the children to see the words as the teacher reads them. The teacher is able to point to the words as she reads them, modeling left to right progression and one-to-one correspondence. 

Guided Reading 

During the school year your student will receive teacher-directed reading instruction. During guided reading, the children work with the teacher to preview, explore and read leveled text. The children are working with text that is at their ability level and learn reading strategies during this time. I will keep you informed on when we start guided reading. 


Social Studies
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!