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.
February was a fun month in Senior Kindergarten. The excitement of Fathers' Breakfast, the 100th day of school and Valentine’s Day gave us a lot to anticipate. The Seniors LOVED making valentines for friends, teachers and parents and had a wonderful party thrown by the room parents. We also enjoyed inviting our dads to Fathers' Breakfast. The Seniors caught and ate pancakes, shot baskets and played games with Dad centered on the number 100 as we also celebrated the 100th day of school! Wow! It was a busy month!
We completed the SK Language Arts unit about Oceans and progressed to a First Grade level unit about Animals. We continue to work on blending sounds to read words, using comprehension strategies to enhance story understanding and writing sentences. The Seniors are quickly becoming more and more independent readers as they attempt more complicated words including ones with blends and long vowel sounds. Writing is also progressing as we work on writing complete sentences using a capital letter, correct spacing and punctuation. The Seniors are very proud of the real-life stories they have been composing during writing workshop.
In Math, the Seniors worked with numbers 0-100. We spent a lot of time counting cubes by 10s, using the place value vocabulary such as tens and ones and relating it to “towers” and “extra cubes.” The next chapter focuses on comparing numbers to determine how many more. We use words such as greater, fewer, more, and less to describe sets of numbers.
Our second Project work has begun with our Junior Kindergarten partners. We are continuing to work on the garden outside the classroom window. As a group, we webbed ideas of items needed for our garden. Students were then divided into groups to create their own garden idea webs using both pictures and words. Both Juniors and Seniors worked very hard to think of lots of ideas and sound words out on their own.
We are looking forward to the warmer Spring weather and the discussion of Spring Break travels when we return in April!
Senior Kindergarten Teacher