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 Seniors have been hard at work this past month. We learned so much about the history of the first Thanksgiving and compared it to Thanksgiving today. We also began a new unit in Language Arts and finished a couple chapters in Math.
Our current unit in Language Arts is all about Teamwork. We read two pieces, one fiction and one non-fiction, about the meaning of teamwork and how people (and animals!) work together. The Seniors love to point out examples of themselves using teamwork throughout the school day. Our favorite story has been Swimmy. In this story, one little fish saves a school of his friends from a hungry tuna by teaching them to swim together to make themselves look like one giant fish. During the story, the Seniors used the comprehension strategies of visualization and predicting to further their understanding. Following the story, the class compared and contrasted the different fish and discussed how teamwork was important to this story.
The Seniors have made tremendous progress in phonics and reading. We have discussed all consonant sounds and short vowels. They are working on putting these sounds together to both read and write words including beginning, middle and ending sounds. Two favorite videos we have watched about vowel sounds are about the “silent e” and “when two vowels go walking.” Both songs help the Seniors to read long vowel sounds.
The Math chapters in Singapore Math this month focused on size, position and numbers to 20. We worked on placing objects in certain positions and following teacher directions. For example, put the bear under the art table or put the bear beside the trash can. We also compared the size of objects, using the words big and small. Finally, we worked on numbers to 20 including counting using a 10-frame and counting past 10 on fingers with a partner.
In Project, we began our visits from local community helper experts. We thoroughly enjoyed a the presentation from two US Coast Guard members and even got to take home a book about the Coast Guard! The Seniors are looking forward to upcoming visits from a nurse and a postal worker!
Have a wonderful holiday season!
Senior Kindergarten Teacher