Making Connections & Building Skills
In Kindergarten children begin to actively apply the emergent literacy and math skills they began to develop in their preschool years. Explicit reading instruction begins, as well as Writer’s Workshop. This provides daily opportunities for direct instruction around reading and writing that is both skill-based and connected to larger curricular themes. In Kindergarten, children continue developing their mathematical thinking and number sense with more structured math time in whole and small groups. Utilizing the math workshop model allows teachers to differentiate within these groups to meet the varied learning needs. In their social studies investigations, the children move out of the classroom and into the neighborhood. As they explore the surrounding community, they begin to understand new roles and responsibilities. Children spend time in the science lab and focus on science topics related to their social studies explorations. New observation and critical thinking skills are cultivated. The art studio is where our Kindergarteners express their ideas in numerous ways through paint, clay, and recycled materials. Literacy and math instruction on the iPad is provided by our educational technologist once a week in small groups. Morning Meeting and routines provide multiple opportunities for whole group discussion and mini-lessons that take them into the work of the day.