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Kindergarten is a time when we work together to build your child’s educational foundation.Learn About Our Forest Fridays

Curriculum

English Language Arts

Listening

  • Listen respectfully to peers and adults
  • Expand attention span for listening
  • Listen for patterns in rhymes, chants, poetry, songs and books
  • Listen for directions and information
  • Listen to and enjoy various forms of literature
  • Build spoken vocabulary by listening

Speaking

  • Participate in class activities and lessons
  • Ask and answer questions appropriately
  • Practice pronouncing words correctly and using correct grammar
  • Take turns speaking
  • Speak respectfully
  • Retell stories
  • Participate in Share and Teach
  • Participate in group recitations of class songs and poems

Writing

Writing Process

  • Use illustrations as a means of communicating ideas
  • Dictate 2 or 3 sentences to go with an illustration
  • Copy words or short phrases

Spelling

  • Learn about the sound/symbol relationship of letters
  • Recognize that sentences are made up of words
  • Begin using phonetic spelling

Grammar, Usage and Mechanics

  • Learn about capitalization of the first letter of name and lower case for others
  • Learn correspondence of upper and lower case letters
  • Learn basic sentence structure

Handwriting

  • Be introduced to upper and lower case D'Nealian manuscript letters
  • Practice correct pencil grip
  • Practice writing left to right

Reading

Reading Skills

  • Recognize student names
  • Practice phonological awareness
  • Learn about sound/symbol relationship
  • Learn high frequency words
  • Learn that letters make up a word and words have meaning
  • Read and spell consonant-vowel-consonant words

Reading Comprehension

  • Listen to different forms of literature including poetry and picture book stories
  • Begin to distinguish between fictional and informational literature
  • Begin to make predictions about a story based on prior knowledge and personal experience
  • Begin to talk about characters' actions and feelings
  • Expand vocabulary through literature immersion

Core Literature Studies

Teacher Read-Aloud Books: Picture books coordinated with theme-related units of study

Author Studies: Jan Brett, Tomie dePaola, Rosemary Wells, Eric Carle, Dr. Seuss, Gail Gibbons

Genre Studies: Folklore, Poetry

Math

General Math

  • Explore math manipulatives
  • Recognize and create simple patterns
  • Begin to do simple story problems

Numbers and Numeration

  • Understand 1-1 correspondence, relate number of objects to a numeral
  • Count by rote and practice to 100
  • Practice writing numbers to 30
  • Use ordinal numbers to 10
  • Recognize numbers to 50
  • Recognize and name coins. Practice values of coins.

Computation and Estimation

  • Begin simple addition
  • Be introduced to subtraction
  • Count by tens and fives to one hundred
  • Begin to understand temperature

Measurement

  • Begin to learn about time, calendar, seasons, weeks, days
  • Measure using a variety of standard and non-standard units

Geometry

  • Recognize basic 2-D and 3-D shapes
  • Sort objects by attributes using concrete materials

Data Collection and Analysis

  • Collect, organize, represent and interpret simple bar graphs

Science

Process Skills

  • Explore and observe, measure, describe, classify, compare, sort, communicate

Content

Physical Science

  • Identify colors
  • Mix primary colors to create secondary colors
  • Observe and construct 2-D and 3-D structures

Life Science: Habitats

  • Observe and recreate different habitats
  • Learn that different habitats support different life systems

Earth Science: Soils, Sun, Air

  • Learn about the relationship between one's self and the environment
  • Learn about seasons, weather, plant growth, snow & ice
  • Learn about the need to care for our environment

Health: Introduction to Human Growth, Development, and Health Learn about the following concepts:

  • Individuals differ
  • Individuals grow and develop
  • Humans need exercise to have a health body
  • Humans have emotions
  • Schools have basic safety rules
  • Body parts have names
  • Introduction to the food pyramid

Social Studies

Self and Family

  • Self-awareness
  • Family-awareness
  • Home and neighborhood awareness
  • Awareness of new school

Ancestry

  • Learn that people moved to the U.S. from elsewhere in the world
  • Learn about personal ancestry
  • Learn about celebrating diversity

Geography

  • Begin to look at maps

Additional Areas of Focus

  • Holidays
  • Counting in different languages

Social Skills

Civic and Social Responsibility

  • Follow directions
  • Follow safety rules
  • Follow school rules

Personal Development

  • Share
  • Take turns
  • Show respect for self and others (both physically and personally)

Communication

  • Communicate respectfully (say please, thank you, etc)
  • Express needs and wants appropriately
  • Practice giving "I" messages

Art

In kindergarten children are introduced to a variety of art media and methods. They explore and experiment with many materials on a variety of projects. Throughout the year they are encouraged to be creative and to enjoy art.

Guidance


The school counselor, Katie Cormier, visits each kindergarten classroom weekly. We use the Second Step Social Emotional Learning Program to increase students’ school success and decrease problem behaviors by promoting social emotional competence and self-regulation skills. There are four units in the curriculum: skills for learning, empathy, emotion management and friendship skills and problem solving. In addition to Second Step, our amazing local resource, WISE, comes in to conduct Care for Kids lessons, which is a health-based early childhood healthy sexuality and abuse prevention curriculum. Mr. Minelli, MCS’s technology teacher, also comes in to co-teach for two lessons with Katie on internet safety based on common sense media’s digital citizenship program. There are also supplemental lessons focused on kindness, being an upstander (anti-bullying). Puppets, songs, and movement are all used to help practice these skills.

Information Technology


Best practices in education indicate that technology is best incorporated into a student’s education as an embedded “tool” used to support learning in the major curricular fields. This means that tech isn’t something just to “do” for students; rather it is used where appropriate to help students succeed in their other subject areas.

Toward those goals, kindergarten students at MCS regularly use the iPads for various learning opportunities, including as a literacy station in their classroom. This includes several different apps that help with letter formation and vowel sounds. MCS uses the assessment software, Track My Progress, and Kindergarten students are testing in Math and ELA using a computer adaptive test that can help teachers and parents understand the student’s strengths in various areas of these subjects. Kindergarten students also are using Symphony Math to help improve their math concepts and understanding. Along with Katie Cormier, our school counselor, we also use a select group of lessons with Kindergarten students about the topic of safe computer use. These include such areas as computer safety, privacy, and the prevention of Cyberbullying. The lessons come from the highly regarded I.S. site, Common Sense Media.

Library Skills

Organization and Location of Library Materials
  • know that materials in a library have a specific order
  • Develop an understanding of one's own part in keeping materials in order

Selection and Evaluation Techniques

  • Choose a book to borrow

Care of Library Materials

  • Take proper care of a book
  • Follow circulation procedures
  • Learn how to turn pages properly

Literature Appreciation

  • Begin to recognize characters and authors of favorite picture books
  • Recognize alphabet books
  • Become acquainted with Mother Good and nursery stories


Music

The Marion Cross community sings. We sing silly songs and mundane songs, great classics and new “pop” songs with surprisingly profound meanings, songs written by the students and songs in other languages from across the world, and just about everything in between.

MCS students learn all about music in other ways, too. They listen to it, talk about it, write about it, move to it, and dance to it. They learn it “by ear,” they read it on the staff, and they write a fair bit of it on their own, too. They learn to play instruments in the school’s chamber orchestra, band, and electives.

Music in Kindergarten

The students and I spend most of our music time learning new songs, exploring their budding voices, dancing, and playing circle games set to music. They learn to sing, but they also to express themselves in music and be part of a musical community. Along the way they learn to read a few basic rhythm patterns, too.

Sing-Along

Kindergarten students start the week with a joyous Sing-Along held by our multi-talented principal, Mr. Bill.

Forest Fridays

I am thrilled to be able to join the kindergarten students every Forest Friday to sing songs in our beautiful nature area. We sing about the things we see each Forest Friday, the things we are thankful for, and about being together.

PE

The main objective of the physical education program for Kindergarten students is to create an interesting and welcoming environment of physical activities that each student will be eager to participate in. Students are introduced to and given time to explore the following: manipulatives (hoops, different types of balls, jump ropes, small stilts), spatial and body awareness (tag games, small group or partner activities), locomotor activities (running, skipping, galloping, etc.), non-locomotor activities (jumping, rolling, balancing), social skills/sportsmanship (sharing, taking turns, cooperation, going out with no complaints, respecting equipment ), simple fitness, and wellness.

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