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Kindergarten

Kindergarten

In Kindergarten we aim to give each child a positive first experience in school. We work to create a positive learning environment where each child feels safe, supported and challenged. The skills and standards your child will be learning in Kindergarten will be the building blocks to their future success in school. Kindergarten is not only a year of growing academically, but also physically, socially and emotionally. Our team strives to ensure the growth and development of the child as a whole.

 

Curriculum At A Glance 

Reading

The student…

  • recognizes letters of the alphabet
  • associates sounds with letters of the alphabet
  • understands basic phonological/phonetic principles (ex., knows rhyming words, knows words that have the same initial and final sounds)
  • blends individual sounds into words
  • understands how print is organized and read (ex., locating print on a page, matching print to speech, knowing parts of a book, reading from top-to-bottom, left-to-right and sweeping back to left for the next line)
  • uses a variety of sources to build vocabulary (ex., word walls, other people and life experiences)
  • develops vocabulary by discussing characters and events from a story
  • uses strategies to comprehend text (ex., retelling, discussing, asking questions, using illustrations and sequences of events)
  • knows the main idea or essential message from a read-aloud story or informational piece
  • selects materials to read for pleasure
  • demonstrates phonemic awareness

Writing Development

The student...

  • writes a story that makes sense
  • stays on topic
  • demonstrates phonemic awareness
  • uses sight words
  • writes from left to right
  • leaves space between words

Mathematics

Number Sense

The student…

  • counts, reads and writes numerals to 10 or more and counts backwards from 10 to 1
  • knows that cardinal numbers indicate quantity and ordinal numbers indicate position
  • uses language such as before or after to describe relative position in a sequence of whole numbers
  • compares 2 or more sets (up to 10) and identifies which set is equal to, more than or less than.
  • uses concrete materials to represent whole number and fractional parts of a whole (ex., one-half and one-fourth)
  • counts orally by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s using concrete materials, pictures and hundred chart to show the concept of numbers
  • demonstrates and describes the effect of putting together and taking apart sets of objects
  • creates, acts out with objects, and solves number problems
  • estimates the number in a set and verifies by counting
  • builds models to show that numbers are odd or even

Measurements

The student…

  • measures and communicates length, distance and weight of objects using nonstandard, concrete materials
  • describes the concepts of time, temperature and capacity
  • uses direct and indirect comparison to sort and order objects
  • uses uniform, nonstandard units to estimate and verify by measuring length and width of common classroom objects
  • knows and compares the value of a penny, nickel, dime, and quarter
  • knows measurement tools and uses them for length, weight, capacity and time
  • knows and sorts 2-dimensional shapes (ex., circles, squares and triangles) and 3-dimensional objects (ex., cubes and cones)
  • recognizes and creates symmetrical figures
  • knows the attributes of circles, squares, triangles and rectangles

Algebraic Thinking

The student…

  • identifies simple patterns of sounds, physical movement and concrete objects
  • classifies and sorts objects by color, shape, size, kind and which do not belong in a group
  • predicts, extends and creates patterns
  • knows that symbols can be used to represent missing or unknown quantities (ex., fill in the missing number in 5, 6, _ , 8)

Data Analysis & Probability

  • The student…
  • knows how to display answers to simple questions involving two categories or choices using concrete materials or pictures on a graph or chart
  • interprets data in pictorial or concrete materials (ex., pictures on a graph or chart)
  • interprets data in pictorial or concrete graphs
  • uses concrete materials, pictures or graphs to show range and mode
  • knows if a given event is more likely, equally likely, or less likely to occur

 


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