The Senior Kindergarten Program builds on the foundation laid in the Early Childhood and Pre-Kindergarten programs and enhanced in Junior Kindergarten. Love of learning and respect for education are emphasized in all academic areas. Understanding that all children do not learn in the same way, we teach for understanding through auditory, visual and kinesthetic activities.
The Senior Kindergarten Program is designed to promote an atmosphere in which each student strives for individual achievement, assumes responsibility for his or her actions, understands and respects the dignity of classmates and realizes the need for civility in our society. These concepts are the beginning stages of becoming a leader in the classroom community.
We incorporate active and interactive learning and make use of natural connections between subject areas to help students construct meaning from concepts. Our Social Studies curriculum focuses on students identifying and understanding increasingly larger conceptual stages such as self-knowledge, understanding of group dynamics, and personal responsibility as a community member. Our Math curriculum utilizes Singapore Math. This program involves the Concrete > Pictorial > Abstract approach. The students are provided with the necessary learning experiences beginning with the concrete and pictorial stages, followed by the abstract stage to enable them to learn mathematics meaningfully. This approach encourages the active thinking process, communication of mathematical ideas and problem solving. In Reading and Writing, the students are encouraged to use inventive spelling, but are also developing sight word knowledge, and strive to spell these specific words correctly. The students learn to decode words, sentences and stories with comprehension and understanding. Senior Kindergartners demonstrate an expanding vocabulary by retelling events and stories in expanded sentences/thoughts. While socialization is an essential component in Senior Kindergarten, your child is also given opportunities to be more independent through activity completion. Self-esteem, independence, and individual strengths are recognized and strongly encouraged throughout the school year.
The month of October was full of learning and fun in Senior Kindergarten. We had many special events such as Grandparents’ Day, a visit from the Glendale firefighters, an assembly with a local author and, of course, HALLOWEEN!
In addition to these fun special activities, lots of learning happened in SK. The Seniors are making HUGE progress on reading. We have now learned over 30 sight words and are using them to write sentences during Writing Workshop. The Seniors are also learning to stretch out unfamiliar words to write the sounds they hear including beginning, middle and ending sounds. Each Senior also has a “spaceman” to keep in their pencil box. This helps them to visualize spaces between words when writing sentences. It is amazing to see the growth in sounding words out and spelling words in just the first 50 days of Senior Kindergarten!
We have now completed 4 chapters in Math in Focus. The Seniors can compare shapes, sizes and weights to measure objects. We also continue to work on the foundation of addition and subtraction, learning that a bigger number can be broken into two smaller numbers. We have also completed many Halloween themed math centers such as measuring pumpkins, patterning green and orange pumpkins and building pumpkin stems to match a given number.
The SK class continues to make progress on our Project, as well. During the next month, we are looking forward to visit by many community helper experts including a Coast Guard member, police officer and postal worker!
It’s been a busy month in SK with many more exciting happenings as we enter the holiday season!
Senior Kindergarten Teacher
Senior Kindergarten Teacher