Kindergarten

Or

Kindergarten

Busy Bodies

Essential Questions

  • How can I communicate successfully in many different ways.
  • How can I work and play well with others?
  • What discoveries can I make about myself that will help me grow academically and socially?
  • How can I become a better problem-solver?

Linguistic Intelligence (Reading)

Language is the basis for academic and social success.  It is practiced and reinforced throughout our school day.  This is a transitional period as we move from the exploratory stage to early emergent readers and beyond.  Children are provided the opportunity to read with teachers individually as well as in small guided reading groups.  They are taught the concepts of print, various reading strategies and how to construct meaning from stories that are listened to or read. 

As the year progresses, students will:

  • see themself as a reader
  • attempt to read new books and reread old favorites
  • participate actively in shared and guided reading
  • point to words as they are read, and indicate direction and return sweep
  • recognize grade level sight words
  • separate words into phonemes and join phonemes to make words
  • develop reading strategies: memorizing patterned stories, using illustrations, using beginning and ending sounds, and asking "Does it make sense?"
  • retell a story with some details and accuracy
  • make meaningful prediction based on illustrations
  • recognize that stories have a set structure: beginning, middle and end
  • express emotion over story conflict
  • make connections between texts

Linguistic Intelligence (Writing and Spelling)

Children practice writing every day as they develop prewriting skills, concepts of print and an understanding of the writing process.  Youngsters are encouraged to read everything they write.  Through their writing they are given the opportunity to share ideas, personal experiences, information and to answer/ ask questions.  Throughout this process they are also taught and encouraged to reflect on their writing pieces. Penmanship and handwriting are another essential piece of the writing children do as they strive to develop their fine motor skills. 

Throughout the year, children will:

  • see themself as a writer
  • put thoughts on paper
  • use illustrations to support print
  • attempt to spell words using temporary spelling
  • copy words or ask others for help in spelling
  • begin to use some traditional spelling
  • edit writing/drawings after conferencing with teacher
  • write from top to bottom, left to right, and front to back
  • write lists, letters, messages, and stories (fiction and nonfiction)

But now I am six, I'm clever as clever. So I think I'll be six forever and ever.
Now We Are Six, by A. A. Milne

Language 

In our experiential approach to linguistics, children are required to use language purposefully.  Our presentation series has included Special Show and Shares, Nursery Rhymes, Me Presentations and Demonstrations.   

Throughout the year, children will:

  • speak in complex sentences
  • understand and follow 2-3 step directions
  • express ideas and feelings orally
  • ask and answer who, what, where, questions
  • gain understanding of when, why, how questions
  • participate in group discussions
  • become comfortable presenting in front of an audience

Logical-Mathematical Intelligence

Children are encouraged to become math thinkers as they problem-solve, look for patterns and relationships and use their skills in everyday, real-life situations.  

Skills and concepts that students will gain this year include:

Number Sense

  • count backwards from ten
  • count 1:1 to fifty
  • add and subtract

Measurement

  • use non-standard units
  • name days, months and seasons in the correct sequence
  • name coins accurately

Geometry

  • recognize 8 - 10 shapes
  • create halves of objects and shapes

Algebra

  • sort objects in a variety of ways
  • copy, continue, and create patterns

Data Analysis

  • collect, record data in a variety of teacher-supplied ways
  • give relevant information from graphs

Problem Solving

  • understand what problem is asking, develop plan to solve, follow plan to completion, tell how answer was obtained
  • represent mathematical thinking through various methods such as tallies, oral language, pictures and manipulatives

Everything I need to know... I learned in kindergarten.
Robert A. Fulghum

Naturalist Intelligence

Students build an awareness and understanding of  seven major body systems and how to keep the body healthy.  Science is also explored through a variety of activities and experiences related to the naturalist intelligence that includes units on nature’s music, seeds, animals, flowers through art, and taking care of our earth.  Naturalist field trips include Powder Valley, Citygarden, and the Zoo as well as exploring the New City garden.

Units covered throughout the year include:

The Groups: touch, sight, sound, and smell

Body Characteristics: growing up, hair, skin, measurements

The Brain: brain models, function, protection

Skeletal/Muscular Systems: bone/muscle model, function, using muscles, measuring bones

Circulatory/Respiratory Systems: lung model, veins and arteries, heart model, breathing

Digestion and Well-being: food plate, exercise log, staying healthy, digestive model