- READING / WRITING WORKSHOP
Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teachers follow the Reading and Writing Workshop model to develop students who love reading and can apply reading skills and strategies independently. This is accomplished through explicitly taught reading strategies, shared reading, small group instruction, and individual reading conferences. The workshop model provides students with a supportive environment that involves them in authentic reading experiences that focus on the strengths and needs of each student. Reading Workshop allows teachers to differentiate instruction, enabling students at all levels to progress effectively.
During Writing Workshop, students are taught to look at the world through writers' eyes and encouraged to communicate through illustrations, labeling, and sentences. Students are taught proper letter formation through formal handwriting instruction when appropriate.
During word study, students are taught to recognize individual sounds and words, letter/sound relationships, and spelling patterns. Through Literacy Stations, students manipulate letters and form words through active play and hands-on application.
Math at the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten level is designed to foster developmentally appropriate problem-solving skills in an environment that encourages students to communicate their mathematical thinking. During Math Workshop, students are engaged in Calendar Math, which introduces them to the concepts of geometry, measurement, time, money, and graphing. These concepts lay a strong foundation for the understanding and development of number sense. This hands-on approach, through the use of manipulatives, helps students to understand the concepts of order, numeration, patterning, estimation, and classification.
A science specialist works with pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teachers to provide students with a science experience that is an integrated part of the classroom curriculum and that encourages students to ask questions, make predictions, and draw conclusions about their surrounding world. Topics include senses, seeds and plants, health and nutrition, seasons and weather, measurement, animals and habitats, and physical science.
Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students learn Spanish through an innovative instructional method that incorporates Spanish into the Fine Arts. Students practice various techniques and use a wide range of materials under the supervision of a Spanish-speaking teacher. This integrated approach enhances students' understanding of both content areas.
Social Studies concepts are explored through theme based units, which enhance students' knowledge of the world around them. Students explore topics such as community, citizenship, historical figures, holidays, and various cultures. Our Social Studies program cultivates an environment where students are taught to respect, understand, and embrace differences while instilling values such as cooperation, responsibility, and integrity.
- TECHNOLOGY/COMPUTER SCIENCE
All pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms are equipped with iPads and interactive white boards to enhance learning. Students are instructed on the proper use of equipment, and technology is integrated into all subject areas. The use of a sound-field amplification system is used in the classrooms to maximize listening and learning opportunities.
In pre-kindergarten and kindergarten computer science, students are introduced to computational thinking and programming through applications, games, and maker toys in this introductory course. Applications such as Kodable and programmable robots such as Dash and Dot, Bee-Bot, and Ozobot are explored.