Our kindergarten program provides developmentally appropriate practices designed to advance the cognitive, language, emotional, and motor skills of each child. The daily routine includes a balance of teacher-initiated and child-directed activities. Teachers facilitate the growth of independent decision-making, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills. Children have frequent opportunities to express themselves creatively through music, movement, art, and scientific exploration. Teachers provide frequent opportunities to develop emerging literacy and numerical concepts.
There is a block of time reserved for outdoor activity each day, and children participate in a physical education program taught by the school's P.E. teacher once a week. Kindergarten students also work with enrichment teachers in technology, art, music and garden activities.
The interests, feelings, and individuality of each child and family are valued and respected. Parents are encouraged to take an active part in their child's school life. In addition to attending two conferences a year, parents are invited to volunteer in various capacities and encouraged to attend classroom functions throughout the year.
The kindergarten language arts curriculum is designed to excite children about literacy. Each day is filled with experiences that develop expressive and receptive language. Art, dramatic play, story telling, and literature sharing are the activities used to develop listening, speaking, reading, writing, and viewing skills.
Kindergarten children learn that print carries meaning and represents language. They engage in pre-reading activities that include learning letter names and sounds and recognizing common words. Writing experiences are also an important part of the kindergarten language arts curriculum.
Kindergarten children develop mathematical skills through "hands-on" activities and games. They become familiar with numbers 1-100. The concepts of graphing, telling time, number patterns, fractions, and money are introduced.