This classroom is designed to prepare children for a kindergarten classroom environment, with six focused learning areas to further skill development.
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Children become familiar with the format and structure of a kindergarten school day, while developing critical skills to succeed in elementary school. Nationally recognized, award-winning early childhood curricula are featured, with kindergarten-level instruction in reading, writing, and math.
This classroom provides young 5-year-olds and older 4-year-olds with a strong focus on:
Provides the opportunity to experiment with different roles and materials to explore the familiar and unknown through pretend play, use imagination, and exercise social and emotional skills to make sense of the world.
Students are enabled to understand how to use different materials to construct, create, and make sense of the way things fit together.
Creativity, problem-solving, and self-expression are developed in this center, as children discover different art techniques, color concepts, and cooperation.
Children develop critical-thinking skills, while experimenting and exploring science and math concepts that challenge their investigative skills.
Children practice communication through writing, as they work on letter and word recognition and formation, segmenting words into sounds, and putting sounds together to make words.
Story reasoning, print awareness, and word recognition are some of the significant literacy skills children begin to develop in this area.
In Junior kindergarten, learning experiences explore science, social studies, the arts, literacy, and math. Children enhance their skills with the help of award-winning, nationally recognized, research-based curricula, such as:
Literacy by Design™: Featuring whole class interaction, differentiated small-group reading instruction, and independent learning activities, this consistent instructional path ensures seamless reciprocity between reading and writing. This curriculum is fully correlated to state standards and provides tools to inspire students through the art of active literacy.
McGraw-Hill Everyday Mathematics®: Developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project and used by more than 4.3 million students, this program is widely considered the most trusted in the U.S. Research-based, field-tested strategies teach basic and conceptual thinking—resulting in lifelong mathematical power.
Handwriting Without Tears®: This unique program—developed by occupational therapists—helps children learn how to form letters, with the goal of making handwriting an easy and automatic skill for all students. Research has shown this program improves letter size, spacing, and overall legibility.
We help children develop kindergarten-level skills, without expecting mastery. Five important benchmarks are used to guide their development:
Name all the letters of the alphabet, upper and lowercase; puts sounds together to make short words.
Use concrete materials to solve problems; count to find out how many in a group up to 10.
Demonstrates and uses terms related to location, direction, and distance.
Show the ability to compromise in a conflict resolution; ask questions to find out about topics presented in the classroom.
Conflict can be an excellent source for learning, if facilitated properly, and in a peaceful way.
Dr. Susan Canizares
The ability to climb up and down stairs with alternating feet; draw representations of human and animal figures.