"Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children."
~Walter Elias Disney
The language arts program in kindergarten is aligned with the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards and the Pennsylvania Core Standards. Through wordplay, poetry, and songs, student develop phonemic awareness and a recognition of the sounds in words, which are the foundation for reading and writing. OUr kindergarten teachers model the habits and strategies of effective reading and writing throughout a variety of structures including read-aloud, guided reading, shared reading, interactive writing, and mini-lessons in reading and writing. Through their work with students in individual and small-group conferences, our kindergarten teachers allow students to successfully and independently apply those strategies to their own reading and writing.
The mathematics programs in kindergarten is aligned to the Pennsylvania Core Standards and addresses overarching concepts in the areas of: numbers and operations; algebraic concepts; geometry; and measurement, data, and probability. Students learn to be productive mathematical thinkiners using strategies to reason and explain, modeling and using math tools, and developing the ability to see structure and generalize.
The kindergarten science program emphasizes a hands-on, inquiry-based approach to learning. Kindergarten students learn best when they are actively engaged in the discovery process. Our science program in kindergarten provides opportunities for students to explore the concepts of weather, organisms and their habitats, as well as physical properties of matter. Students are also introduced to science content through non-fiction texts and their creation of science notebooks, which help them to process new knowledge and skills.
The social studies program in kindergarten focuses on the various areas of social sciences including basic geography, history, government, and culture. Students are taught these concepts through stories, lessons, and interactive hands-on activities along with learning what it means to be a part of a community in their classroom.