TRADITIONAL
KINDERGARTEN

We offer a 5 hour kindergarten program that incorporates a variety of instructional methods each day, such as: individual instruction, small group instruction, whole group instruction, and center based activities. Also, we practice differentiated learning to ensure each child progresses independently and at a pace that best suits them. Ultimately, our goal is to provide a nurturing atmosphere, academically, socially, and emotionally, while providing a firm foundation for our students academic careers. Our curriculum is based on the N.J. Common Core State Standards, which includes the following:

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Daily Class Schedule

9:00 - 9:30
Morning Check In/Free Play

9:30 - 9:50
Morning Circle

9:50 - 10:20
Journals and Skills Activities

10:20 - 10:50
Snack Time

10:50 - 11:30
Reading

11:30 - 12:00
Science/Social Studies

12:00 - 12:30
One-on-One Reading Time
with Mrs. Corry

12:30 - 1:00
Math

1:00 - 1:30
Lunch Time

1:30 - 1:50
Outside Time/Active Play

1:50 - 2:00
Pack Up Book Bags and Dismissal

Kindergarten Curriculum

Math:
Our math program provides a large variety of activities and manipulatives for children to learn the following concepts:

  • One-to-one Correspondence

  • Comparing Numbers

  • Counting up to 100

  • Operations: Addition and Subtraction

  • Time: Digital and Analog

  • Money: Identifying Coins and their Values

  • Geometry: Identifying the Properties of Two and Three Dimensional Shapes

  • Measurement and Data: Feet, Inches, Graphs, and Charts

  • Understanding of Place Value: One, Tens, and Hundreds

Speaking and Listening:
Students listen to many teacher-led read-alouds. Children can express their ideas during morning circle time and are able to present their work in the “author’s chair.” We will also develop the following skills:

  • Listening Comprehension

  • Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

  • Collaboration of Ideas between Classmates

Language Usage:
Vocabulary usage is reinforced daily through oral language activities, read-alouds, round reading, and oral vocabulary stories. Vocabulary enrichment is achieved through:

  • Knowledge of Language

  • Conventions of Writing and Speaking

  • Vocabulary Usage

 

Social Skills:
Through teaching social skills, children will be introduced to the following:

  • Kindness

  • Compassion

  • Empathy

  • Being a team player

  • Why we follow rules

  • How to be a good citizen

  • Role in the classroom and family

Reading:
Our reading program provides both whole group instruction as well as one-on-one leveled reading time. We focus on both fiction and non-fiction literature, as well as informational text. Areas in which we explore are:

  • Phonological Awareness

  • Phonics and Word Recognition

  • Text Types and Purposes

  • Print Concepts

  • Craft and Structure

  • Key Ideas and Details

  • Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

Handwriting:
Our approach to writing is Handwriting Without Tears. We use this method to develop handwriting proficiency by developing the following skills:

  • Proper grip

  • Proper Writing of First Name and Last Name

  • Formation of Uppercase and Lowercase Letters

  • Understanding of Case Sensitive Situations

Social Studies:
Our social studies program introduces the following topics:

  • Cultural Celebrations and Diversity

  • National Holidays

  • Family

  • Neighborhood

  • Communities and Occupations

  • American Leaders

  • Folk Heroes

 

Science:
The following topics are introduced and explored in our science program:

  • Trees and Plants

  • Animals

  • Weather

  • Shadows and Sunlight

  • Seasons

  • Solar System