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Kindergarten Curriculum

Our Kindergarten program covers material which is First Grade level in the public schools. We have two options available, half day and full day. Those who attend half days will receive the reading and math needed to continue in our First Grade. Full day will involve more writing, computers, and reinforcement academic activities.

Phonics and Reading:

We can admit students who are not reading, but they must be reading-ready. They must know their letters and most of the sounds. With our reading program, they will be reading by Thanksgiving. Saxon Phonics 1 is followed.

Students who are already reading will continue from where they are and read through First Grade level material as far as their ability allows them.

Spelling:

Spelling lists begin in November, with words from vowel families and sight words. Memorization will involve one poem per month.

Composition:

Students begin with writing the initial consonant of words, developing into words and then sentences. By year end, one-page stories are the norm with students concentrating on capitals, periods, and spacing.

Handwriting:

Students begin by writing or tracing their own first names. Basic strokes are then taught, leading to all alphabet letters. Oral dictation of spelling words and sentences tests memory of correct letter formation. Spacing is stressed.

Math:

Information covered in Pre-Kindergarten is reviewed. Students then learn to count and recognize numbers to 300, addition and subtraction facts to 10, odd and even numbers, simple story problems with addition and subtraction, time to the hour and half-hour, beginning measurement, and fractions. Concepts are developed from concrete to abstract in a given program. Saxon Math 1 is used.

Logic:

Demonstrate meaning of special prepositions, recall facts from short passages, answer questions about details in a picture, sequence three pictures, retell story in sequential order, follow two-part oral directions. Compare longer, shorter, same, more, less. Classify pictures and shapes under headings.

Social Science:

An introduction to science with an emphasis on everyday things. Students identify plants and animals, sense organs and their functions, simple topographical features (mountains, valleys, oceans, rivers, continents), the sun, Earth, moon, heat and cold, light and shadow. Simple science experiments are performed by the teacher and explanations given as to why and what.

Seasonal holidays are explained, presidents, meaning of the flag, nation’s capital, White House, location and shape of state, state bird and flower, globe, simple map making (neighborhood, classroom, school route).

Music:

Daily singing of a variety of songs. Development of rhythm, pitch, harmony, rounds, proper tone, and dynamics.

Art:

Daily activities involving cutting, gluing, painting, and modeling. Simple drawings built on basic shapes. Seasonal items to include decorations, kites, valentines, cut-aparts, yarn designs.

Physical Education:

Development of body control (rhythm, flexibility, agility, balance, direction, speed), simple sports skills (running, jumping, throwing, catching, kicking), and basic group games.