In Kindergarten, we develop a culture that motivates and inspires creativity and kindness. Students learn about the preciousness of our planet through cleaning, recycling, and science. We explore and celebrate other cultures and open ourselves to the beauty of diversity. The students transform the classroom with endless creations and projects they experience throughout the year.
Kindergarten reading is integrated with art, music, sign language, and theater. Kindergarteners learn how to make sense of the alphabet and connect it to reading. They develop phonological awareness and early decoding skills. With teacher support, they begin to analyze text and apply a variety of comprehension strategies.
Our kindergarten writing curriculum is committed to fully supporting children in their efforts to express themselves through drawing, dictation, and writing. Students learn to work through the writing process and learn how to write for a variety of purposes and audiences. Their work is celebrated in the classroom on a regular basis and they come to view themselves as authors.
Kindergarten math is integrated with language arts, outdoor activity, rhythm, and song. It emphasizes hands-on learning. Students problem solve with manipulatives and tackle real-world math situations. Kindergarteners form a relationship between numbers and quantities. They begin to build a foundation for place value by counting, representing, and comparing whole numbers with objects. They explore their environment using simple geometric concepts and vocabulary.
First Graders blossom as readers. They continue to develop decoding, vocabulary, and comprehension skills by engaging in self-selected reading, guided reading, phonics instruction, and word study. First Graders are exposed to a variety of literature and informational text.
First grade writers begin to express themselves more independently. They learn to apply their growing knowledge of language structure and conventions. Students write for different purposes in a writer’s workshop format. The craft of 1st grade writing is organized into four different units:
- Small Moments
- Non-Fiction Chapter Books
- Writing Reviews
- Scenes to Series
In first grade, students will deepen their understanding of many mathematical concepts. Using a variety of tools students will actively learn to add and subtract to 20, understand numbers and place value to 100, measure and compare length, analyze data, and manipulate shapes.
Social Studies: Kindergarten and Grade 1
The social studies curriculum emphasizes shared experiences, acceptance, diversity, and benevolence. Kindergarteners and First Graders learn what it means to work together and be good citizens. They learn about the importance of rules, laws, and government and how to resolve conflict. Other important social studies content includes celebrating other cultures, sharing family history, exploring jobs and work over time, recognizing U.S. symbols, discovering how environmental factors influence how people live, and learning about goods and services.
Science: Kindergarten and Grade 1
Kindergarteners and First Graders are natural-born scientists! The science curriculum capitalizes upon their innate curiosity and desire to solve problems. The scientific method and a growth mindset guide our work. Grade-level content themes are organized into a two-year cycle and include:
- Pushes and Pulls
- Animals, Plants and Their Environments
- Sunlight and Its Effects on Earth’s Surface
- Local Weather Conditions, Forecasting, and Preparation
- Light and Sound
- Plant and Animal Structures, Functions, and Systems
- Patterns and Cycles of Our Sun, Moon, and Seasons