Kindergarten

Kindergarten students are nurtured and challenged in a warm and comfortable environment.

Each day of Kindergarten is filled with exploration and growth in the academic areas as well as at the social, emotional and physical levels.

In addition to classroom studies, the students attend French, art, music, drama, physical education, religion, library, chess, and computer. The program is enhanced by special activities such as field trips to parents’ places of employment and Chapel performances.

  • Small class sizes: 3 classes; 16-18 students.
  • Kindergarten meets daily, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Before and after school care offered. After School Enrichment also offered.
  • 100% of Kindergarten students study French Language.
  • 100% of Kindergarten students learn to Code.
  • 100% of Kindergarten students learn public speaking skills and present to audiences of children and adults throughout the school year.

LITERACY

Children in Kindergarten benefit from and enjoy a program that offers a balance of reading enrichment and skill building. Targeted phonics instruction, rich vocabulary building, independent reading expectations and abundant read-aloud time stimulates student interest in reading and provides an opportunity to experience and discuss various forms of literature, both fiction and non-fiction. Students frequently visit the school library, where they learn the proper care and love of books and become acquainted with significant authors and illustrators. Students develop strong habits of penmanship through the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum and begin writing sentences, stories and journal entries.

MATHEMATICS

Students use manipulative materials to develop strong number sense. They solve problems that introduce simple addition and subtraction as well as inequalities. Work also is done with classifying, measuring, estimating and graphing through the Go Math! program and Calendar Math.


SCIENCE

Science instruction emphasizes the observation of familiar everyday objects and situations. Students study common plants and animals, the five senses, colors, color mixing, weather and changes in seasons. Lili’s Garden, the Outdoor Learning Center, provides hands-on experiences with nature.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Historical understanding is encouraged by focusing on important national holidays and other cultural celebrations. Geography lessons include home addresses and city, state and country. Citizenship education examines the importance of school rules and the value of honesty, fair play, hard work and the Golden Rule (“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”). Learning about various occupations and community service is a major part of the curriculum. This is carried out in large part by visiting the parents’ places of employment. These parent field studies are a major part of the social studies curriculum and are the Signature Program for Kindergarten.

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Social and emotional development is a significant part of the Kindergarten curriculum. Children are given many opportunities to work and play with diverse personalities. Social situations naturally provide opportunities to promote appropriate behavior, cooperation, fairness, sharing, self-control and taking turns, and to help children develop the necessary personal standards to be able to live by these social rules. Sharing thoughts and ideas, conflict resolution strategies, gaining confidence when speaking before peers, developing respectful listening habits and self-control are major components of the curriculum.

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