Age 5 years by September 1 – Preparation for First Grade Enrollment
Students enrolling in the full day Kindergarten program may need to be evaluated for readiness by our Kindergarten teacher between March-June of the previous year. Academic evaluation requirements that must be met include recognition of and ability to compose all upper and lower case alphabet, knowledge of phonics of most letters, recognition of and ability to compose numbers 0-10.
Our full day Kindergarten has been designed to help prepare children who are one year away from entering First Grade or planning to repeat Kindergarten the following year. Our highly qualified, certified, and experienced Kindergarten teacher implements a wonderful scholastic program that balances unique activities with a wealth of hands-on learning opportunities and experiences. Our curriculum is designed to educate and prepare your child in various academic disciplines including reading, writing, phonics, language arts, mathematics, social sciences, and social development. A variety of teaching methods and strategies are used for instruction, including Houghton Mifflin, Zaner Bloser, Reading A-Z, and Hubbard’s Cupboard. Outdoor play is part of the daily routine to provide young students the opportunity to expend some of their energies while developing muscular strength, coordination, and motor skills. Language readiness is addressed with our reading and writing units including phonics, sight words, creative writing, research projects, and library time. Beginning math concepts and skills are developed using shapes, patterns, sorting, fractions, measurement, and addition & subtraction. Curiosity and positive self-image are stimulated and nurtured with learning centers, group instruction, one-on-one teacher time, and peer work. It is our utmost goal to communicate with parents on a regular basis, so we provide a daily email to parents including meals and activities. A strong appreciation for nature is developed during fun, educational walks around campus, and visits with our farm animals. Weekly specials in the Kindergarten program include Music and Movement, World Languages, Art, Science, Farm Education, and Physical Education.
Language—Recognition and reproduction of letters A-Z in upper and lower case, matching and orally producing letters and sounds, Identify and produce rhyming, opposite, and position-oriented words, reading and writing high frequency words, responds to discussions, asking questions for information, presents information in group, prints first and last names, illustrates and explains, personal kid-writing topics, writing sentences, using correct grammar, using expanding vocabulary.
Mathematics—Counting by 1s forward and backward, counting forward by 2s, 5s, 10s, writing numbers sequentially, reading two-digit numbers, understanding number line, reads and writes tally marks, identifying and composing 2D/3D shapes, identifies symmetrical shapes, sorting, matching objects and numbers, classifying, understanding types of measurement, understanding and using addition and subtraction, solving word problems, extending and comparing patterns, making estimations, recognizing and interpreting graphs, telling time to hour, using money and their values, understanding temperature.
Physical—Developing coordination and gross motor skills through running, jumping, skipping, galloping, hopping, and climbing, balance, alternating feet on stairs, building endurance, developing hand-eye coordination, understanding proper use of our bodies, control of fingers and wrists, pincer grip.
Mental—Learns by experimental learning and trial and error, understanding cause and effect, making reasonable estimations, finding alternate solutions, sequencing, predicting, develops short and long term memory, attention span is lengthening, role playing and pretend play, interpreting maps, recalls story details, recalls full name, age, phone number, and address.
Social—Works well independently and with others, participation in activities, understands simple commands, follows multiple-step directions, follows rules and routine, transitions well from one activity to another, completing tasks in a timely manner, manners, understanding community roles.
Emotional—Accepting guidance, seeking help, resolving conflict, developing self-control, managing personal stress appropriately.
Self-Reliance—Maintaining personal belongings, washing hands, dressing/undressing, cleaning up.