Our social studies units are integrated into our language arts curriculum and focus on the study of ourselves and the world.
Unit 1: Me at School
Unit 2: Getting Along and Making Friends
Unit 3: Same and Different
Unit 4: Where I Live
Unit 5: Wants and Needs
Unit 6: Talking About Time
Our Language Arts program includes a wide variety of learning activities to instill the many components of literacy. Some of the methods we use in the classroom are; small group instruction, large group instruction, learning centers, "Big Books" for shared reading lessons, interactive writing lessons, teacher and student journals, and phonemic awareness activities.
What is phonemic awareness? A "phoneme" is simply a sound. (The word "CAT" has 3 phonemes or sounds; C-A-T. The word shoe has 2 phonemes or sounds; sh-oe.) Phonological awareness is simply a gradual progression through these different levels, resulting in reading.
Level 1; rhyming; focus on the ending sound; ale/tale.
Level 2; alliteration; focus on the beginning sounds; dog/dirt.
Level 3; sentence segmenting; focus on breaking up the words; clap each word in a sentence.
Level 4; syllable blend/segment; focus on individual letter sounds; D-O-G.
Level 5; Onset Rime blending and segmenting; the onset is the beginning consonants of a word-the rime is the rest of the word, beginning with a vowel. Ex; sh/op or p/uppy.
Level 6; Segmenting of individual phonemes; single letters make a word; D-O-G is dog, and T-H-A-T is that.
By the end of the Kindergarten year, your child should be able to do the following:
- Count to 100 orally.
- Write numbers, recognize numbers, represent numbers to 20.
- Identify basic geometric shapes and 3-d solids.
- Read a simple bar or picture graph.
- Identify fractions; half and whole.
- Create and/or extend an ABAB pattern
- Add/subtract with models/manipulatives.
- Sequence events.
- Sort and classify items.
- Use simple problem solving strategies.
On most days, our math is taught during calendar time and during a quick "mini-lesson", which is followed by small group or individual exploration in math centers.
Our science curriculum is based on the study of our physical world through the eyes of a scientist. Our units of study are:
Unit 1: Be a Super Me Unit Plan
Unit 2: I Am a Scientist and Engineer Unit Plan
Unit 3: Objects in the Sky Unit Plan
Unit 4: Our Wonderful Earth Unit Plan
Unit 5: In Our Backyard
Unit 6: Planting Our Kinder-Garden
Unit 7: Taking Care of the Earth