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 holiday season from Senior Kindergarten!
The SK class had a wonderful month of growth and learning in November. The progress, especially in reading, is evident every day as the students become more fluent in sounding out new words and recognizing more sight words. We also began weekly HOMEWORK! They could not have been more excited to get their first homework folder. We will increase the homework frequency as we get closer to First Grade during the third trimester.
During Language Arts this month, the Seniors worked on isolating individual phonemes in words, as well as changing ending sounds to create new words. A favorite game was to look at a picture with three phonemes such as DOG and then state the beginning, middle and ending sound individually for classmates to guess the picture. We also continued the theme of Teamwork, reading big book stories such as Swimmy to highlight this concept. Discussions following the story centered on comparing similarities and differences between the characters to strengthen comprehension.
The Math chapters this month focused on composing and decomposing numbers to 10 as well as size and position. The Seniors practiced counting one more and using the vocabulary in all, fewer and greater. We also worked with big/small things, capacity or does it fit, position words and before/after.
It’s been a great month! We are looking forward to the excitement of the holidays and all the fun happenings at Rohan Woods!
Senior Kindergarten Teacher