New Eagle Kindergarten Program
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 and 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 will help children learn to organize and express their thoughts orally, as well as become 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 will be working 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 will be available for them. The BRIDGE Program meets in small groups five times during the six day cycle 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 classroom teacher, the Reading Specialist, the Speech/Language Therapists and the School Counselor.
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 revolves around our monthly themes, with a special emphasis on holidays and famous people. The themes are:
1. September – Journeys
2. October – Amazing Autumn
3. November – Home Sweet Home
4. December – Winter Wonders
5. January - Sweet Dreams
6. February – Fantastic Friends
7. March - Watch out, Weather!
8. April – Protect our Planet
9. May - Incredible Insects
10. June - Splash!
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.
The children will have the opportunity to enjoy music, art, physical education, applied technology, and library during the six day cycle.
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 to 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 elementary schools in Tredyfrrin/Easttown use an anti-bullying program called Olweus Prevention Program. Olweus promotes a structured approach to the prevention of bullying. Last year our school implemented the PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) curriculum as part of our pro-social program.
The PATHS Curriculum is a program designed to facilitate the development of self-control, positive self-esteem, emotional awareness and interpersonal problem-solving skills. The purposes of the PATHS Curriculum are to enhance social and emotional competence and understanding in children, as well as to develop a caring, pro-social context that facilitates educational processes in the classroom.
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 grasp/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.
In Kindergarten the students celebrate their birthday with an All About Me presentation.
Conferences will be scheduled three times per year for kindergartners: once in September (Parent Interview) once in the Fall and once in the Spring. At the Fall Conference, the results of the kindergarten screening will be shared with you, as well as a sampling of the child's work and information concerning your child's progress. If at any time you have a concern, please call to schedule a conference and we will be happy to meet with you. Report cards will be sent home in November, March and June.
Each child is responsible for bringing in his/her own snacks. Please keep it simple, something that can be opened easily and eaten in a short period of time. We will enjoy a few minutes of recess on days the schedule allows.
Notes from Home
If your child is going home from school a different way than the normal mode of transportation, a note is required. If a child is going home to a friend's house, notes are required from each child's parents.
PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION ON THE TEACHER'S VOICEMAIL. CALL THE SCHOOL SECRETARY, WHO WILL SEND A MESSAGE TO THE ROOM. Please date all notes.
Parents are asked to send a note to school with the student on the first day the student returns from an absence. Travel Forms can be obtained in the office or downloaded
and turned in.
We would like to solicit your help in teaching your child to:
1. Learn his/her complete address, telephone number, and age and birth date. This information will be checked during our Kindergarten Assessments.
2. Zip and button his/her coat.
3. Put on and take off boots. This is important when the bad weather hits!
4. Tie his/her shoes.
We believe that learning is a unique and personal experience. Our aim is to stimulate each child to think, analyze, discover and explore. It is our desire to create a happy and warm atmosphere in which each child is filled with the excitement and wonder of learning! We want your child to have a happy and successful experience in kindergarten this year. We are excited to be working as partners with you to make this year a terrific one!
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