Kindergarten children are in the early stages of developing an understanding of the elements and principles of art. Their work with primary colors, self-portraits, spatial awareness, lines and shapes, the color wheel, symmetry, and still life will introduce the students to the excitement and joy of becoming artists. Along the way, students will develop an appreciation for art and be exposed to a variety of media during the course of the kindergarten year.
Introducing the young child to literacy in a variety of methods that will lay the foundation for a lifelong love of reading and writing is a major component of the kindergarten program. This is accomplished with the use of a balanced reading program that includes strong phonics instruction, independent reading, shared reading, guided reading, and teacher read-alouds. Writing experiences are emphasized through journal writing and language-experience stories.
Students are introduced to math through a multiple-exposure program but relies heavily on instruction from Singapore Math resources. The math program is designed to be useful, enjoyable, varied, and meaningful so that a strong mathematical foundation is formed. Concepts introduced include counting, numeration, measurement, geometry, patterns, data collection, calendar skills, graphing, and calculator use. Math concepts are enriched by hands-on games and activities to continuously reinforce skills that are taught and learned.
Kindergarteners begin to develop musical skills such as recognizing musical contrasts, keeping the beat, expressing music through movement creatively, developing vocal technique, building a repertoire of common folk songs, as well as songs from other cultures appropriate to their age, and learning how to play a variety of percussion instruments.
Physical education strengthens a kindergarteners’ growth and development in five central areas: socialization, movement skills, manipulative skills, low-organizational games, and specific sport skills. This class is a structured learning environment that enhances a child’s abilities to cooperate with and respect others. Students learn the variety of movement experiences in an atmosphere that makes them feel successful.
The kindergarten science curriculum, Interactive Science, Texas Edition, provides students with the foundations for observing, communicating, measuring, comparing, describing, classifying, predicting, collecting, and interpreting data. It is designed to foster curiosity, inventiveness, persistence, and enthusiasm. Children learn by doing and reflecting upon this active learning. Materials from a variety of programs are utilized to explore life, earth, technology, human, and physical sciences.
The social studies program promotes increased awareness of self, family and the school community. Recognizing that community begins in the classroom, children actively learn the meaning of respect, honesty, cooperation, responsibility, and empathy. The students learn mapping skills through identifying landmarks found around the world. Through hands-on lessons, the students also learn about the difference between city, state, and the world beyond.
The Spanish curriculum for kindergarten is largely based on oral development as students are introduced to the sounds of Spanish through carefully selected vocabulary thus providing students opportunities for successful communication in the target language. The program introduces an awareness of cultural similarities and differences of the Spanish-speaking world. Students develop and expand this awareness through songs, dialogues, role playing, skits, puppets, and games. The structure of the Spanish program creates a safe and fun environment for students to learn.
Our goal with kindergarten students is to foster an early proficiency in the use of laptop computers, iPads, and related software. Technology is used primarily in this grade through stations and activity centers in the classroom.