The kindergarten curriculum is designed to build upon previous experience, tap into individual interests, create new interests, stimulate curiosity, encourage independent learning, strengthen academic skills, and prepare the child for the next academic level.
As preparation for first grade, our curriculum develops tools for learning: making choices independently, self discipline, self motivation, and self confidence. Our goal is for the students of A Child’s Place to enter first grade ready to learn and to meet with success, both academically and socially.
As the curriculum progresses, skills are reviewed and built upon logically; table work time increases. Children use activity books as a means to recognize material, focus attention, follow directions, and promote the idea that making mistakes is part of the learning process. Each unit topic is explored through integrated areas: language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
The language and literacy program is phonics-based. Skills such as letter recognition, phonemic awareness, word segmentation, sight-word recognition, word families and rhyming, all contribute to beginning reading. Reading aloud to children occurs multiple times throughout each day to enhance vocabulary and comprehension skills as well as to encourage fluency. Creative expression and a variety of reading experiences are part of the language arts program as well as activity books to reinforce skills.
The development of emergent writing skills parallels the development of early reading skills. The kindergarten provides students with a print-rich environment and includes natural reading and writing activities. Students are given access to a variety of writing materials and the opportunity to participate in a variety of authentic writing experiences.
The mathematics program introduces basic concepts such as number recognition, counting by 1's, 2's, 5's and 10's, number relationships and computation, simple addition and subtraction, simple fractions, graphing, patterns, sets, and money and time. Concrete applications of math are used daily.
The science program literally encompasses the universe. From learning about the human body to venturing out into space, the science program finds wonder everywhere.
The social studies program promotes respect for diversity by finding unifying connections. Everyday group living creates many opportunities for learning about sharing, cooperation, honesty, disappointment, courtesy and conflict resolution.
The health program focuses on helping children obtain knowledge, skills, and strategies to develop sound personal health practices and decision-making skills and to enhance the child’s self-concept and relationship with others. Students learn about safety and injury prevention to promote safe living at home and in school.
The physical education program allows students to participate in the development of gross motor skills through a variety of opportunities.
Play is essential to learning for the young child. Daily opportunities are provided for children to use their imagination as they interact with the environment and each other.
Early Admission to Kindergarten
Children who turn five after September 1st and no later than October 15th may be eligible for early admission to kindergarten if the following criteria are met:
- Parents must make a formal request in writing.
- The child’s preschool teacher or child care provider must provide a letter of recommendation stating that the child has demonstrated an advanced level of academic and social skills that would predict success in early admission to kindergarten.
- The child will be assessed by a member of A Child’s Place staff.
- If the child demonstrates the potential ability to fully participate in the kindergarten program, a decision will be made by the teacher, administration, and parents for early admission to kindergarten.
- There will be a probationary period of four to six weeks during which the kindergarten teacher will assess the child’s ongoing success in meeting kindergarten objectives, both academically and socially. After this period, a determination will be made as to the proper placement of the child to meet with optimum success.
(See complete policy in A Child’s Place Policy for Early Admission to Kindergarten).