The kindergarten program is designed to help each child develop physically, emotionally, and socially by providing a rich variety of activities and experiences. The importance of meeting the individual needs and interests of children is emphasized through various components of the program. A setting is created that allows the child freedom to explore and discover, with many opportunities to respond to a varied program of cognitive and affective skills. Kindergarten should provide an environment that nurtures growth and fosters success. The goals of this program are to provide children with opportunities to develop an eagerness and independence for learning, a positive self-concept, creativity, and an understanding and appreciation of the world about them.
The Tredyffrin/Easttown School District will be using the Houghton-Mifflin and Wright Group Language Arts Programs for kindergarten. Throughout the year we will plan many activities which are designed to develop those skills prerequisite for reading. Writing will also be a part of our language arts program. Children are eager to read and write, and the two skills are closely related. We encourage children to express themselves in writing, and many will discover the sound/letter relationship. The students are often asked to use "inventive spelling" which is writing using the sounds they hear in a word. Your child will often bring home stories using this technique. Have him/her read the story to you as it has been written. We are not concerned with correct spelling as much as that the child become comfortable with the writing process.
Activities are also planned which provide experiences in which the children practice speaking in front of their peers. This helps children learn to organize and express their thoughts orally, as well as getting them comfortable speaking in front of a group. (This is very beneficial in preparing for oral reports later in school!)
During language arts time, the children will be exposed to various types of literature. We hope to help them develop a love of reading. We will also emphasize specific skills such as interpretation, sequencing, finding the main idea, character recall, making predictions, etc.
We work closely with our reading specialist throughout the year to ensure that we meet the needs of each individual child, from those just learning the alphabet to those already reading. Should your child need a little "boost" in the language arts area, we have an early intervention program, BRIDGE, which is available for them. The BRIDGE program meets in small groups four times per week for a half-hour each day. The objectives of the program are to enhance language development, concepts about print and reading readiness skills. The evaluation for eligibility in the kindergarten program begins with the Fall Kindergarten Screening that is administered to all students. A team uses the results, in addition to a Language Evaluation and teacher recommendation, to select children for further assessment. The team is comprised of the
We will be working on recognition and formation of numbers, set concepts, sorting and classifying, basic geometric shapes, measurement, estimating, beginning addition and subtraction, telling time and beginning money skills.
Our social studies curriculum also revolves around our monthly themes, with a special emphasis on holidays and famous people. The themes are:
- September: Journeys
- October: Amazing Autumn
- November: Home Sweet Help
- December: Winter Wonders
- January: Sweet Dreams F
- February: Fantastic Friends
- arch: Here Come the Bears
- April: Protect our Plane
- May: Incredible Insects
Our science curriculum also revolves around our monthly themes. The units will be: Senses; Properties; Landforms; Hot/Cold; Day/Night; Shadows; Animals/Habitats; Weather; Water and Insects.
Social Skills/Work Habits
We will be learning to work and play with others, to accept responsibility, to listen while others talk, to show self-control, to be cooperative, and develop a good self-concept. We will also be developing the ability to follow directions, listen attentively, work independently, use time wisely and complete tasks within an expected amount of time.
The children will be developing both their fine and large motor skills. We will be working with scissors, crayons, paint, playing games, learning new programs on the computer, practicing proper pencil grip/letter formation, writing words and short sentences. Children will be encouraged to tie their own shoes and handle their coats, mittens, hats, etc. Large motor activities will be offered both in regular classroom activities, as well as in conjunction with our physical education program.