Through dance, children in kindergarten gain an awareness of their own body while interacting with others in space. They enhance their own self-esteem expressing feelings through movement. They will also have a chance to promote themselves through several performances that they will be able to participate in throughout the year.
Through the language program, students will develop solid mastery of the 71 phonograms as a basis for further instruction in penmanship, spelling, reading and writing. The students learn to recognize, read and write letters with proper capitalization and with a clear handwriting. They finish the year as excited and engaged independent learners.
Through the art program, the kindergartners experiment with various sources of inspiration for creative work. They develop their own ideas and imagination skills as a form of expression, as well as their understanding of materials and creative problem solving. They learn to select, control, and experiment with a variety of art tools, materials, and processes to create two and three-dimensional forms. By creating their own works of art, they learn how and why other people create art and understand that art has personal meaning to the creator.
Math concepts taught include counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s (using tally marks and number lines,) recognizing place value, forming numbers, and developing numerical sequences and patterns.
Our music program introduces our students to the basic music concepts such as tempo, pitch, and rhythm through listening to various styles of music, singing a variety of songs, and playing melodies on instruments. Students will also be given an opportunity to explore music creatively by identifying, improvising and experimenting with an array of sounds.
The Physical Education program includes simple, low organizational games to encourage cooperation and achievement of a common goal. These games play an important role in the child’s development of physical skills and coordination. Children in kindergarten explore and experience individual and dual activities using running, jumping, skipping, hopping, throwing and kicking. They become aware of their own speed and stamina at this developmental period.
Numerous special topics and themes of particular interest to young children are explored throughout the year. These include the following: life cycle of the monarch butterfly, seasonal changes, fire safety, explorers and their maps, holiday celebrations, the human body and the five senses (including health and diet), animals and plants, insects and spiders, birds, turtles, the solar system, time and money. Field trips are an important component of the program.