Kindergarten engages children in the world of curiosity and wonder while building academic and social skills. Through a variety of structured and open-ended activities, Kindergartners learn how to verbalize and modulate their feelings as well as relate to one another in a classroom community. The class begin the year in social studies by examining “ourselves, our family and our community,” moving to thematic units in the second half of the year. In Language Arts, students learn the foundational skills needed to become good readers, writers, and communicators. Kindergartners develop the habits of mind to support growth in math throughout school, connecting with the world of numbers and number sense. They take advantage of both indoor and outdoor ‘classrooms’ for hands-on learning; favorite elements of the curriculum include self-directed play with math manipulatives and nature play, nature class, field trips, baking, and relationship-building (and building listening skills) with Fifth Grade “Reading Buddies.”
Area of Study
Kindergarteners are becoming aware of the connection between “math” and their everyday lives; explorations stimulate their math reasoning and create opportunities for critical thinking. Learn more.
An integrated and recursive approach to Language Arts fosters learning in Kindergarten. Learn more.
Thematic social studies units allow Kindergartners to expand their knowledge of the world while exploring themes they are interested in. Learn more.
Students develop self-awareness, self-regulation, self-direction, and relationships in the context of routine, practice, and play in Kindergarten. Learn more.
Some Kindergarten Central Experiences
Reading Buddies – Each Kindergartner is partnered with a Fifth Grader. As they meet weekly with Fifth Graders to read books, Kindergartners feel part of a bigger community and Fifth Graders get to become mentors. The relationship is fostered throughout the year by writing letters to each other, a shared field trip, small presents for one another, and more.
Baking Class – Measuring, mixing, tasting, and sharing can be witnessed every Friday in the Kindergarten classroom! Students treasure their cooking abilities and their recipes, compiled in the Kindergarten cookbook for many years.
Nature with Sarah – Kindergartners look forward to studying the Mary tree in different seasons, traipsing through the woods to find treasures to catalogue, classify, and display, and finding excuses to get outside to notice and explore.