EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM – KINDERGARTEN

The Final Step to Our Learning Program!

The following programs are used to facilitate our kindergarten class.

The SRA Imagine It!  

This is adopted as one of the programs in our school, our monthly unit themes include cross-curriculum connections: Reading and Comprehension, Science, Social Studies, Math and Art.

SRA Imagine It! Online Program–

The effectiveness of presenting the group lessons online is very intriguing for our students. It is interactive, engaging and promotes group response. This program can be used for homework assignments and our online learning.

The Sadlier Program:

Math

Sadlier Math offers students a solid math foundation based on a comprehensive curriculum that strives to prepare students for lifelong mathematical proficiency. 

Teachers, students, and parents are presented with crucial elements of effective mathematics instruction, such as conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and application. Lessons are logically sequenced with step-by-step instructions, followed by scaffolding practice that helps expand students’ mathematical understanding. Concepts are solidified by providing students with hands-on activities utilizing manipulatives to activate their prior knowledge and help them make connections between the concrete and abstract.

The Sadlier Math program also integrates S.T.E.A.M. applications and real-world problem-solving skills. Digital tools are presented for both teachers and students, aiding in creating dynamic lessons and enabling students to engage in technology-enhanced lessons. In addition, the curriculum presents strategies for struggling learners as well as for on-level and early finishers.

With Sadlier Math program, you have everything you need to teach math online and off,  every day. The program empowers you to:

  • Foster students’ conceptual understanding and skill development using a cohesive grouping of lessons 
  • Offer explicit instruction with guided and independent practice to strengthen students’ meta-cognitive development 
  • Provide essential tools to develop problem solving and critical thinking skills 
  • Promote learning with abundant real-world problem solving and incorporate applications related to STEAM 
  • Harness innovative support for teaching and learning with embedded professional development, robust digital tools, and a comprehensive assessment plan

Phonics

Phonological awareness encompasses both basic levels of awareness of speech sounds, such as:

  • rhyming, alliteration, the number of words in a sentence, and the syllables within words, as well as more advanced levels of awareness such as onset-rime awareness and full phonemic awareness.

Phonemic awareness is the conscious understanding that spoken words are made of individual and separable sounds—phonemes. They learn to:

  • identify the letters of the alphabet by shapes and names (alphabetic knowledge).
  • relate sounds to spellings (the alphabetic principle).
  • read each letter or combination of letters in a word to determine the word’s meaning (word recognition/ decoding).

Throughout the academic year our students cover the Phonics program, following this basic Phonics steps:

  • Learn to recognize the vowels and their sounds.
  • Learn to recognize the consonants and their sounds.
  • Learn to blend two letters together
  • Learn to sound one vowel words
  • Learn the sounds of the long vowels.
  • Learn to sound two vowel words.

Sadlier Program

The Sadlier program supports students on the path to early reading and writing:

  • A focus on application and transfer to real reading and writing, rather than isolated skill work
  • Active, thought-provoking phonics instruction that engages students in their learning every day
  • Built-in differentiated instruction that supports all students through an embedded review and repetition cycle

Language Arts

Our students develop skills in reading chapter books, comprehension, vocabulary, creative writing, phonics, spelling and listening.

Our students will be able to:

  • Form complete sentences.
  • Understand punctuation marks.
  • Identify rhyming words, compound words, synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, and contractions; use prefixes and suffixes and alphabetize words

Vocabulary Development

  • Build word knowledge with multiple exposure to target words
  • Develop Wordy Study skills
  • Practice vocabulary online with self-checking Interactive Quizzes, games, and other free digital resources

Reading 

Learning Dynamics

Learning Dynamics Reading System helps children develop language and comprehension skills through activities that teach sequencing, rhyming, classification, same/different, and opposites.

Phonics Methodology

  1. A structured and progressive program
  2. Multi-sensory lesson activity
  3. With each new letter and reading rule, children practice only what has been learned. Children gain confidence quickly and show measurable results with each lesson. They have fun with appealing games, songs, and lesson activities in an easy first reading experience

With our system of teaching short, systematic, and engaging lessons, kids learn decoding, proper phonemic awareness, and immediate application through the appropriate books of only what they have learned up to that point. Learning Dynamics is the only program that provides books that contain only the material they have learned up to that point. Kids’ confidence stays high, and they believe they can do it. Each child will end up with their own library of books that they keep, and this helps them to quickly take ownership and gain excitement for learning.

Tools:

Learning Dynamics, Learning Without Tears and ABeka Language Art

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Our Kindergarten Phonics Program builds  instruction that  help students learn Phonological awareness skills that develop over time that are crucial for reading and spelling success, because they are central to learning to decode and spell printed words.

Spelling

A unique component to our spelling program is a selection of academic vocabulary based on the science, social studies, mathematics, and language arts curriculum.

Our Kindergarten spelling technique exposes and reinforce our student’s overall success in Literacy by:

  • A comprehensive spelling technique that extends past the simple memorization of the letters that make up the individual words.
  • Weekly word lists are given for the purpose of improving each student’s spelling.
  • Ensuring that the students spell and pronounce these common words correctly, thereby increasing their chances of recognizing the words when they occur in future communication.
  • Incorporating Patterns for words, focusing on word families, prefixes/suffixes, and word roots/origins.
  • Spelling activities can include learning the meaning of these words, practicing their spelling and use in sentences. This prepare the students to better understand vocabulary in the context of reading and writing. Then, allows reading to be accomplished with greater fluency and clarity in writing.

Creative Writing

Daily writing lessons teach critical writing skills and the writing process. Each unit focuses on one genre of writing: narrative, informative/explanatory, opinion, descriptive, poetry, or correspondence. Our kindergarten students become “published authors” at the end of the school year.

MATHEMATICS

This program Develop Mathematically Proficient Students for Life!

Our Kindergarten Students are empowered with the skills to solve mathematical word problem, using S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).  

Our students are expose to everyday Math skills using for the following:

Tools:

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SOCIAL STUDIES

Cultural Diversity

Our Kindergarten students improve on their ability to express ideas, think critically, build decision making skills and learn concrete connections to their experiences. They begin to understand that social and environmental issues can affect them and people around them.

Our program promote tolerance for diversity and encourage collaborative decision making. As they interact with others take part in the daily routine, they develop basic ideas about community, justice, and democracy.

Throughout the year, different literature is chosen to help accomplish this learning goals:

  • Cultural diversity: [Traditions, Heritage] Students recognize that people have diverse characteristics, interest, and abilities
  • Community roles: Students recognize that people have different roles and functions in the community.
  • Decision making: Students participate in making classroom decisions.
  • Geography: Students recognize and interpret features and locations in their environment, have basic knowledge of their country, and other continents of the world.

Through our age -appropriate experiences, they develop the foundation they need to become responsible and fulfilled adult citizens.

SCIENCE

   Walking Experiment                             Volcanic Experiment                        Diorama- Under the Sea

Included in our SRA themes, are resources for our students to develop interest in nature, exploration, technology and mathematics. Using an organized reasoning, analytical thinking, and problem solving that cultivate their curiosity about the natural world.

S.T.E.A.M

S.T.E.A.M is a very integral part of our program. We encourage Creative and logical process through Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.

S.T.E.A.M: Ask, Imagine, Plan , Create, and Improve 

S– Science: Investigate

T-Technology: Exploring Tools

E– Engineering: Plan, Make, Test and Invent

A – Arts: Open -Ended Creative Activities

M– Math: Patterns, Shapes and Numbers

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math are integrated into everyday learning using hands on materials. Our students express their creativity with the criteria that promote innovation. They analyze, compare, contrast and generate higher order thinking skills. 

PUBLIC SPEAKING

Integrating S.T.E.A.M to our Public Speaking: Students assignments with specific criteria are presented in front of the class, hence building vocabulary development and self confidence for our youngest students.

CRITICAL THINKING

Our Kindergarten students develop critical thinking skills necessary for success in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and standardized tests in Elementary school.

We use manipulative and language integration techniques to teach thinking skills. This program is designed to:

  • Improve young children’s observation and description skills
  • Stimulate vocabulary development.
  • Clarify thinking processes that underlie content learning (observing, describing/defining, identifying similarities and differences, sequencing, classifying, and recognizing analogy)
  • Improve students’ conceptualization of mathematics, social studies and science concepts taught in the primary grades.

The five cognitive skills developed are:

(describing, finding similarities and differences, sequencing, classifying, and forming analogies)
This program is sequenced in the order in which a child develops intellectually.

VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP

For safety reason all our field trips are done virtually.