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.
It's been a GREAT first couple weeks of Senior Kindergarten! The students are quickly learning the new routines. I've never seen a group so excited to get their very own desk, pencil box and even workbooks! They really feel like big kids!
The first few weeks of school were all about learning the new routines. Reading workshop center choices were slowly introduced for Seniors to learn location and expectations for work. During the second week, all workshop centers were opened, and Seniors chose centers on their own -- keeping track of centers completed in their reading workshop folder. By Friday, all finished their work and were thrilled to earn free choice time! Reading workshop activities will continue to change every Monday; earning free choice time on Fridays if all work is completed first. (CONTINUED)
The Seniors have been completing Math work as a whole group and in center work with Junior Kindergarten friends. We began the Math in Focus, Singapore Math curriculum. The first chapter works on finding similarities and differences while also working on numbers 0-5. Math centers with the JK will take place twice a week with six centers focusing on the areas of time and money, number sense, measurement, games, manipulatives and Legos. Students will work both in small groups completing an activity independently and in small groups with a teacher.
Another exciting event of the past few weeks was meeting our buddies! Seniors are partnered with Third and Fourth graders and meet with them twice a week. On Mondays, we will be together to check out books in the Library. Fridays will involve doing a project together. Last week, the older buddies interviewed their SK buddy to learn a little more about each other.
It's been a busy, full first few weeks of school. I am looking forward to watching the growth and learning that happens this year in Senior Kindergarten.
Please join me for Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 13 to learn more about Senior Kindergarten. This is a very important night for parents to attend to hear about what your child will learn and ask any questions about curriculum or routines.
Senior Kindergarten Teacher