Kindergarten Curriculum
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Language Arts
  • Reading Curriculum: Hampton Brown Reading Series
  • Goals: Implement and support book skills, word analysis, phonemic awareness, phonics, decoding skills, vocabulary, fluency, sight word practice and comprehension.
  • Reading is taught in whole groups and small guided (or leveled) reading groups.
  • Shared Reading takes place in a whole group setting where a Big Book is displayed for all to see. Children are encouraged to participate in the lesson focus by sharing ideas (such as predictions or connections) and read along with the teacher (to practice decoding skills, etc.)
  • Read Aloud takes place in a whole group setting where a book is read aloud by the teacher. Children are encouraged to participate in the lesson focus by sharing ideas. Read Aloud lessons often focus on giving opinions, making connections, doing a character study, learning about story structure, etc.
  • Guided Reading takes place in a small group setting. The teacher supports students as they learn various reading strategies. Teachers differentiate the instruction to reach individuals' reading needs and abilities.
  • Writing Curriculum: Lucy Calkins
  • Goals: Stretch out sounds to write words, write complete sentences with proper spacing, use capital letters correctly at the beginning of sentences and for names, use proper punctuation, express ideas clearly with detail, write fluently, provide a picture to match, etc.


Math
  • Curriculum: Bridges & Number Corner, Supplemental Curriculum: Navigating Through Geometry, Minilessons for Math Practice K-2, It Makes Sense!, and Number Talks.
  • Goals: Flexibility with numbers, number sense, and geometric relationships.
  • The program focuses on problem solving, hands-on activities, sharing ideas, practice through games, daily routines, and on-going review.

Science
  • Units include: Wants vs Needs, Basic Map/Globe Skills, All About Me, Family, Traditions, Celebrations Around the World, and Patriotic Symbols.
  • Much of the curriculum is integrated into the literacy block, math time, and arts and crafts. The basic scientific method is introduced through the Science Boot Camp and Science Fair

Social Studies
  • Units include: Seasons, Living/Nonliving, Night Sky, Weather, Baby Animals Growing and Changing.
  • As with Science, much of the curriculum is integrated into the literacy block, math time, and arts and crafts.

Specials: Computer Lab, Music, Art, PE
  • All Specials classes balance the year by teaching their own curriculum core standards and the work we do in the classroom.