Kindergarten

Purpose

    The aim of Kindergarten is to provide a strong foundation from which children can grow to become life long learners. We will encourage students to be critical thinkers, problem solvers and have a strong self-esteem. We want children to develop confidence in themselves and in their ability to learn. We want them to become curious about the world around them and to learn to focus their attention on new information. Kindergarteners need to practice speaking with their peers and adults so that they can vocalize their needs. We will teach them social skills to enable children to relate to their peers and adults and be accepted by a group.

Goals

  • To develop social and emotional growth through interacting, sharing, cooperating and discussing with their peers and which are modeled and nurtured by the teacher.
  • To develop literacy through listening, speaking, reading and writing. The children will learn:

    • Left to right progression
    • To use picture clues to make predictions or get meaning
    • To match sounds with letters
    • To develop phonemic awareness through rhyming, sound patterns, word families, segmenting and blending.
    • Letter and word recognition
    • To develop the mechanics of writing
    • To use temporary spelling to express thoughts
  • To develop mathematical concepts through use of manipulatives to learn:

    • Basic Shapes
    • Counting to 100
    • One to one correspondence
    • Number Conservation
    • Problem Solving Strategies
    • Create and Identify patterns
    • Practice Estimation
    • Use mathematical terms
    • Identify coins
    • Practice measurements (i.e. cooking, experiments)
    • To develop scientific concepts through
    • Observation, predicting and collecting data (i.e. Weather Chart, Tooth Chart)
    • Classroom experiments
    • Sorting by properties
    • Observation of plants and animals (planting seeds, egg incubation, butterfly metamorphosis).
  • To develop knowledge of the arts:

    • Exposure to many types of at mediums: drawing, painting, collage and sculpture
    • Singing songs, moving to music, guest musicians.

Program

    The morning Kindergarten class is held from 8:45AM-11:30AM. A full day Kindergarten program is available which will include a morning and afternoon session with a break for lunch. Some parents may want to have their children attend an extended day Kindergarten in the afternoon from 12:15 to 3:00 PM. Daycare is still available for children from 7 AM to 6 PM for before and after preschool, pre-K and Kindergarten.

    Our staff is committed to building a strong educational base for children that will give them the right start in public school. Children attend school for many years and we want them to feel confident in their abilities from the very beginning. A positive start will last their entire educational experience.

    The kindergarten children have monthly field trips. Some of the past field trips have included: Apple Acres Orchard in Windham, NH, the Sandown Fire Station, The Sandown Public Library, the Metamorphosis Children’s Museum in Londonderry, garden centers, farms, the Stonyfield yogurt factory, the Palace Theater in Manchester, the Leddy Center Theater in Epping and Hannaford Supermarket in Hampstead.

    A written authorization by the parent is required for the transportation of their child for each field trip. All children are required to wear seatbelts while being transported on field trips and cars and /or vans will be appropriately insured. Field trips are learning experiences for our children. If parents are interested, we try to bring them on a field trip when possible. Please speak to the Kindergarten teacher if you wish to come on a field trip.

    In the fall, Dr. Diane Wekelo, our educational consultant, completes a short evaluation of all the Kindergarten children. Dr. Wekelo specializes in evaluating preschool and school age children with speech, language, hearing, reading, processing, attentional and behavioral disorders. The results of this evaluation and a discussion of your child’s progress will occur during parent- teacher meetings will are held in January. The kindergarten teacher is always available to speak to you about particular concerns you might have during the school year. Please do not wait until a parent teacher conference to voice your concern. The best time to reach the teacher is between 8:30 and 9:00 AM.