In order to attend kindergarten in 2019-2020 school year, your child's birthday must be before Sept 1st 2014
The kindergarten class is using the “Saxon Phonics, Writing and Spelling Program.” It includes letter recognition and blending letters into words, writing and reading. The program gives children a strong foundation in phonics for becoming successful readers, writers and spellers. The series gives new concepts in small increments and reviews prior learning often. There are many different ways for students to interact with the letters and words: small letter tiles, letter and picture decks for games, worksheets, handwriting sheets, writing on whiteboards, small decodable books, alphabet wall cards, posters and alphabet strips. Words and phonics concepts are introduced through literature that includes recently learned words.
A rich variety of literature is used throughout the week on many different topics. Sometimes, math concepts are introduced or supported through stories. Many great stories are used during our morning gathering time that coordinates with the Virtue of the Month. Stories about the history and science topics add depth and flavor. Once a week, older students come to our class and serve as “Reading Buddies.” The children get to choose favorite books to be read to them. Throughout the course of the year, children continue to grow in their love of books and literature.
The Saxon Math program teaches clear concepts with much practice and review. The children have an opportunity to practice their developing math skills in many settings and are assessed every 8 to 10 lessons to make sure that they are grasping the concepts. Everything is presented through the use of manipulatives (concrete objects) to count, compare, sort, pattern, classify and use to grasp the more abstract concepts of numbers, more and less, geometrical shapes, time, money, measurement, etc.
Common Core is a guide to specific, shared content, which is the result of a great deal of research. It is based on the concept that for the sake of academic excellence, greater fairness and higher literacy, schools need a solid, specific, shared core curriculum in order to help children establish strong foundations of knowledge, grade by grade. It is a school reform movement taking shape across the country where educators have committed themselves to reaching important skills and to teaching the Core Knowledge content.
In Kindergarten, we study the following topics that are part of our grade level Core Knowledge: History/Geography-maps and globes of our country and world, early American history, early presidents and democracy; Science-plants and plant growth, seasons and weather, animals, pets and their needs, the human body, taking care of our earth, magnetism and the lives of George Washington Carver, Jane Goodall, and Wilbur and Orville Wright.
We strive to help children develop to their fullest potential, to be well-rounded individuals who are responsible, respectful, a person of integrity, caring and honest. These are things that we talk about, interact with and practice every day. Our morning begins with a morning gathering. Character Education is a very popular phrase and concept today in schools across America. At The Principled Academy, we are striving to bring it into every aspect of our day, to demonstrate “good character” as teachers, to support the children in their growth and development.
In Kindergarten, the students receive a packet of homework on Monday and it is due on Friday. There will be at least one page per afternoon or evening. However, since it is not due until Friday, this allows the children some flexibility in when they do the homework. The homework will compliment the class work, practicing developing skills and concepts. However, it isn’t something that should be a source of stress, fear or frustration.
Reading books with your child helps to instill a lifelong love for books, reading and knowledge. We use a reading log as part of the homework. Later on, your child can start to read to you as well. Whenever the students fill up a reading log, they can choose a small prize from the treasure chest.