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.
Happy Summer! Congrats on a fabulous Senior Kindergarten year! The students are well prepared for First Grade. I will miss having them in my class dearly!
Knowing that students are now busy in the evenings with ball practices, games, and enjoying the beautiful evenings with family, I wanted to make some suggestions for the summer!
☺ It is important to read each evening. The books we read at school and your child’s personal favorites would be great to take to a sibling’s practice or game. Your child should read to you or other siblings.
☺ Your child should continue practicing counting to 100 by ones, tens, and fives. This is a great car activity. Also, practice counting on from a given number (ex. have your child count on from 54).
☺ Many students are working on mastering counting pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters to 25 cents. The first step is to be sure that your child can identify the name and value of each coin. Putting a few coins in a plastic bag can be used at a restaurant, game, or anywhere you have a spare minute. The practice will help!
☺ Writing skills are soaring! We continue to practice writing at least two related sentences. At home, have your child write about a favorite outing or game. He or she should try to focus on spelling the sight words correctly.
Thank you for helping me to continue to make the best use of each day before the school year ends.
The students wrapped up their Language Arts unit about animals and continued practice in blends such as th, sh, ch, etc. would be great.
In Math, we were super busy! We worked on measurement and money most recently. The students are able to identify coins and their values. I'm very proud of them!
Have a fabulous, relaxing summer!