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.
What a fun and busy September it has been in Senior Kindergarten! The class is comfortable and confident in the new routines and thriving in the more challenging curriculum.
In Language Arts, we continued learning about the Red, White and Blue. The Seniors explored various American symbols such as the Liberty Bell, White House, Washington Monument, bald eagle and the flag. Noticing these symbols on puzzles, books and even the entry to the school has been a favorite activity of the class. Through our reading of Hats Off for the Fourth of July, we practiced the reading comprehension skills of visualization, predicting and understanding new vocabulary. This story helped us visualize a parade and various Fourth of July celebrations. It’s predictable text and illustrations encouraged making predictions for what comes next in the parade. Language Arts lessons have also focused on letter sounds, sounding out simple words and reading decodable books. We are practicing listening to beginning, middle and ending sounds of words and blending those sounds to make a word.
Our Singapore Math lessons concentrated on numbers 0-8 in September. The Seniors use manipulatives to create matching towers and also towers with greater or less cubes than a model. We have played dice games to reinforce numbers and number line concepts. We also continue to practice number formation, always starting from the top and without reversals.
The Seniors also continue to work on their writing skills, adding details to their work and stretching out sounds to write words in their journals. The Seniors are committed to the writing workshop motto, “Once you are done, you’ve just begun.” The writing process always continues whether you are adding details to an existing piece or beginning a new one.
We also already looking forward to the excitement of October...fire safety week, changing weather and of course, HALLOWEEN!
Senior Kindergarten Teacher