Senior Kindergarten is a fantastic year of discovery and growth. The Senior K classrooms are child-centered communities that are challenging, fair, kind, and comfortable for everyone. Throughout the day, students participate in a variety of activities designed to stimulate the child’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth through planned learning experiences. Opportunities are provided for each child’s natural curiosity and eagerness to learn. The four primary subjects taught are language arts, math, social studies, and science. These subjects are integrated and taught using interdisciplinary thematic units.
Integrated Thematic Units
We use the Open Court language program to give our students a strong phonetic foundation. We work on two sounds per week and immediately begin blending sounds into words and segmenting words into sounds. Emphasis is placed on visual discrimination, listening skills, language experiences, and comprehension. The development of oral communication skills, D’Nealian handwriting skills, and beginning creative writing using both invented and conventional spelling are all vital parts of the program. Senior Kindergarten students become readers by the end of the year.
Our Senior Kindergarten math program includes our book, Math Advantage and all of our calendar activities. Children use manipulatives to explore and discover new skills including sorting, classifying, patterning, matching, counting, measuring, identifying place value, counting money, telling time, adding, and subtracting.
Science is taught through our integrated thematic units. The focus is hands-on, full inquiry, self-discovery, cooperative learning, communication, and life-long learning.
The major emphasis of Senior Kindergarten Social Studies is to provide socialization experiences that help children bridge their home life with the group life of school. This is done by sensitizing the children to a world of many diverse people, cultures, and changing environments. Children continue to learn that rules are required for orderly social relationships. Awareness of self is developed through face-to-face, successful experiences. Additionally, the concepts of self-esteem and citizenship go hand-in-hand. Kindergarten focuses on the child and the home. Starting with what the children know, comparisons can be made to broaden their world. Concepts are integrated with other subjects and taught thematically.
Senior Kindergarten is a wonderful year, full of many special events:
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