Kindergarten Program

 

The Kindergarten curriculum at Little Angels is an extension of the same goals and philosophy as the pre-school curriculum. The rich, multi-sensory classroom environment, motivating strategies, and stimulating materials offer students the foundations for their optimum development. We strive to offer each child the support, stimulation and appropriate challenges necessary for a strong foundation for confident life long learning.

Language Arts / Literacy Program

Teachers offer a variety of enriching language experiences so that children develop enthusiasm and love for literature and personal communication skills through reading and writing. Our language arts program guides children to listen to, identify, and manipulate language sounds to develop phonemic awareness. Writing tables offer daily opportunities for drawing and writing with a variety of tools. Emergent writing skills, creative expression, and imagination are fostered in the use of daily journaling. Musical experiences are an extension of our literacy series and are incorporated into the daily life of the classroom. Children develop communication skills, including speaking, listening, reading, and writing, continually as they share experiences throughout their time together. Our literacy series “ Reading Street” by Scott Foresman integrates Science, Social Studies, History, Technology, Culture, and Responsibility, into weekly units that allow children engaging possibilities for learning.

The following areas of concentration have been outlined in this brief summary

Oral Language

  • Calendar Activities
  • Daily Message Board
  • Amazing Words
  • Let’s Talk – Visual Charts
  • Let’s Sing – Song Charts

Shared Reading – Unit Stories

  • Oral reading for enjoyment
  • Comprehension skills through questions and conversation
  • Recall to understand concepts and their application
  • Make predictions from a text by using pictures, words, or personal knowledge
  • Identify the covers and title page of a book
  • Make connections: text to self, text to text, text to word
  • Participate in performances of stories, plays, and poems

Word Work

  • Letter Recognition
  • Understand that print moves from left to right in English
  • Understand that words are made of syllables
  • Development of sight word vocabulary
  • Understand the relationship between letters and sounds
  • Consonants / Consonant Blends
  • Short Vowels
  • Use knowledge of the relationship between sounds and letters to decode simple words

Language Arts

  • Journal Work – incorporate print in drawings with labels and simple stories
  • Writing Words – learning sentence structure
  • Arrange events in a sequence when telling or writing a story
  • Application to Science and Social Studies
  • Write upper and lower case letters

Mathematics

Children explore mathematical concepts with a hands-on approach. As children investigate, they are free to express their thoughts, communicate their ideas, problem solve, and come to conclusions with confidence. Concepts of number, estimation, measurement, patterns and relationships, geometry and algebra, are explored. A mathematical focus is also supported through the arts, as children create patterns of color, glue and organize materials or create two or three dimensional shapes.

Math Series ~ “Houghton Mifflin”
The following areas of concentration have been outlined in this brief summary:

Number Sense and Operations

  • Number identification and counting to 20
  • Recognizing number words zero to twelve
  • Numerical Order – Sequencing Numbers
  • One-to-one correspondence
  • Identify positions of objects in sequence
  • Identify U.S. coins by name
  • Introduction to beginning addition and
  • subtraction
  • Comparing Sets and Graphing
  • Unit on time
  • Count by Twos, Fives, Tens

Patterns, Relations, Geometry, Fractions, and Algebra

  • Name, describe, sort, an d draw simple two-dimensional shapes
  • Describe attributes of two-dimensional shapes
  • Identify positions of objects in space using appropriate language
  • Compare, Identify, and sort attributes
  • Classify objects by size, shape, color, number and other proprieties
  • Identify, reproduce, describe, extend and create repeating patterns
  • Use estimates of measurements
  • Use standard and non-standard systems to measure length, areas, weight and capacity

Social Science / Physical Development

Children work on projects and participate in play as individuals, in small groups, and in larger groups, so that each child has supported experience in a variety of social settings. An important goal of the Kindergarten curriculum is for children to be able to participate in finding their own solutions to the social challenge of sharing space, materials, and attention with peers. Children are encouraged to initiate play, make choices, demonstrate competence, and take on responsibilities to develop the social skills necessary to flourish in a school environment. Kindergartners are encouraged to participate in active play and activities that support gross motor development. There are daily opportunities for running, jumping, balancing, and climbing.