Our language arts program engages kindergarten children in learning the skills necessary for developing their literacy skills. Children enter kindergarten at different developmental levels. Using differentiated instructional strategies, our kindergarten students are immersed in literacy activities that enable them to develop their skills at an individualized pace. Center activities and leveled reading assignments engage our students in meaningful experiences that support the development of each individual.
Students in kindergarten explore the growth of the apple tree learning about the changes that occur through the seasons. Throughout the apple unit, students are engaged in apple activities embedded in the curriculum, including learning the apple colors and varieties. The children visit the apple orchard and pick apples, make applesauce, and enjoy applesauce pancakes that they prepare in the classroom.
The study of whales introduces our students to ocean life and the amazing wonders within. Throughout our whale studies, students learn about mammals, types of whales, migration, echolocation, and survival in the ocean. Technology allows us to explore the ocean within the classroom walls as we view the whales in their habitat, watching them move and listening to their beautiful sounds as they communicate.
The First Thanksgiving
Kindergarteners re-live the journey of the Pilgrims on the Mayflower and experience the struggles they had as they began their life in a new land. The story is told as students work in groups to share the news of each part of the journey. As actors in The First Thanksgiving movie, the children share the story dressed as businessmen, Pilgrims, and Native Americans. Parents come to a Thanksgiving Feast in the classroom and watch the movie following a delicious meal.
Learning math in kindergarten is an experience that adds up to fun! Center involvement provides an engaging and challenging hands-on approach that gives the children the foundation necessary to become good problem solvers and creative thinkers. A differentiated approach provides students with different learning styles choice in variety and different levels of complexity in their work.