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Kindergarten

Welcome Kindergarten Families!
Each day in the kindergarten classrooms, children focus on playing and learning both independently and cooperatively.

Kindergarten.jpgOur classrooms operate on the premise that children learn best when:

  • they have a positive self-image
  • they are given opportunities to explore, discover, and problem-solve through concrete experiences
  • they make choices and are given guidance that leads to self-confidence, self-control, and responsible independence
  • they are working and playing in a stimulating environment where all areas of their childhood development are being considered

Both teachers and paraprofessionals in the kindergarten classroom serve as facilitators who respect and strive to understand each child's individual needs and the needs of the group as a whole. They also create a peaceful learning environment where children feel a sense of belonging in a community of learners and have opportunities to have fun as they foster a love for school.

Social Studies
The focus of study for kindergarten is Living, Learning and Working-Now and Long Ago. Students describe themselves, where they are from, and the function of family. Students develop words to describe location and direction. Students learn about the roles of community members. Students gain understanding that community members and families must cooperate and be responsible to solve problems.

Literacy
The literacy curriculum is a balanced literacy approach based on the leading literacy researchers, Gay Su Pinnell and Irene Fountas. There are three main components of the literacy curriculum: Language and Word Study, Reading Workshop, and Writing Workshop.

Science
The science units in Kindergarten include Sand and Water, Myself and Others, The Senses, and Organisms. Descriptions of each unit are provided below:

Sand and Water
Students explore the physical properties of water, sand, and bubbles and how each moves. Classes may focus on phenomena such as sinking and floating, bubble making, or measurement.

Myself and Others and The Senses

Students investigate similarities and differences between each other, especially with respect to their height, eyes, hair, skin, and hands. Students learn to use their senses as tool with which to observe and describe the world of objects around them.

Organisms
Students create and maintain a woodland habitat in the classroom containing pine seedlings, moss, pill bugs, and bess beetles. Students also set up, observe, and maintain a freshwater habitat consisting of plants, pond snails, and guppies.

Math
In Kindergarten, instructional time should focus on two critical areas:

  • representing, relating, and operating on whole numbers, initially with sets of objects; and
  • describing shapes and space.

More learning time in kindergarten should be devoted to number than to other topics. Visit the District Math Department website to learn more >>

Staff Websites
View Mrs. Hayward's Classroom Website >>