Reading and Writing: Reading in the kindergarten program involves exposing the students to the five critical areas of instruction that are necessary to achieve reading success. These areas include: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Text Comprehension. The Language Arts curriculum follows Reader and Writer’s workshop model. It is developed with the understanding that language competency is the core of all learning and is essential to success. Evaluation is an on-going process throughout the school year and includes teacher observation.
Phonics: “Fundations” begins with basic letters, writing them and knowing their sounds. It then progresses into learning word families, the ability to blend sounds together to form words, sight words, and finally developing fluency and comprehension.
Math: TouchMath is designed to ensure learner success with two critical concepts: (1) understanding number associations and using them in addition and subtraction operations, and (2) learning basic geometry concepts. The content was built around the Common Core State Standards, and each module correlates to the standards. Topics include sorting, graphing and patterning, numbers through 100, time and money, geometry and fractions, and readiness for addition and subtraction. Evaluations include teacher observation, benchmark tests, practice worksheets, and small group work.
Science and Social Studies: Science and Social Studies are explored using a variety of texts, materials and appropriate kindergarten websites such as, National Geographic and "Let's Find Out" a Scholastic News resource. We are a Leader In Me School, which means we use the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to help build independence, and a sense of community in our school. The students follow the 7 Habits of Happy Kids to learn how to be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win-win, seek first to understand, then to be understood, synergize, sharpen their saw, and find their voice!