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 (almost) Spring!
The Seniors had a very fun and eventful month of February. Between Father’s Breakfast, the 100th day of school and Valentine’s Day, the Seniors had plenty to look forward to during the month.
In Language Arts, we continued the theme of Ocean Life. The favorite story in this unit was a true story about Humphrey the whale. Humphrey lost his pod in the San Francisco Bay and ended up swimming up a river. This story described Humphrey’s journey and how humans helped to save him. These Seniors were on the edge of their seats, waiting to hear if Humphrey would turn around and swim back to the ocean! The discussions during and after this story brought about many questions, predictions and clarifications to further comprehension of the story.
The Seniors have also been working extremely hard on reading fluency. We have learned over 60 sight words and are working on more complicated long vowel patterns and consonant blends. Each and every Seniors’ reading is exploding and confidence skyrocketing as they become more fluent readers.
The chapters in Math this month concentrated on numbers to 100 and shapes. The Seniors explored both flat and solid shapes, using the correct vocabulary to describe them. We also worked on creating larger numbers using tens and ones. Finally, we compared sets of numbers, describing them as greater, less, more or fewer.
We are moving along in our Project work as well as we learn all about the mail system. We have begun our construction of our classroom post office. We painted boxes white and blue and will be adding details to create a mail truck and mailbox. The representational drawings we created of these items will help the Seniors notice the details and make accurate models for our post office.
I can’t believe we are heading into the final trimester of the school year! We are working hard in Senior Kindergarten to get ready for First Grade!
Senior Kindergarten Teacher