Lower School » Kindergarten

Kindergarten

Emphasis on Individualization & Active Learning

Our Kindergarten program is uniquely structured to foster confidence and to help each child reach his or her full potential. Trained teachers encourage higher level thinking skills based on the developmental phases of each child.  Students' innate curiosity is nurtured through hands-on academic, cultural, enrichment, and environmental studies. Kindergarten students receive focused instruction in small group settings and benefit from a highly effective, individualized learning approach.

Hallmarks of our Kindergarten program include:

  • Academic instruction in Language, Writing, Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies
  •  Independent learning plans tailored for each student's learning style, academic level and pace
  • Cultural studies spanning Cooking, World Culture, Literature, Drama, History and Art
  • Enrichment classes in Spanish, Music, Art, PE and Environmental Education
  • Writer's Workshops from Lucy Calkins' Teachers College Reading and Writing Project
  • Phonics instruction based on the multisensory Orton-Gillingham approach
  • Instruction using the Everyday Math curriculum
  • Field trips to take advantage of the area's educational, cultural and recreational offerings
  • Social curriculum based on Responsive Classroom reinforces peaceful conflict resolution and creates a warm, respectful, and supportive community
  • MindUP curriculum helps children develop knowledge and tools to manage stress, regulate emotions, and face challenges with optimism, resilience, and compassion
  • Service learning such as gardening, recycling, and collection drives for community organizations 
  • Socialization through cooperative work, collective experiments, group lessons and shared meals
  • Weekly Meetings for Worship

Developing Independent Study 

During morning work time, Kindergarten students participate in morning meeting, small and large group lessons and individualized work. Independent study is facilitated using resources that teachers have carefully prepared to align with their current lessons. This autonomy instills critical skills of self-direction and time management needed for pending elementary grades. Support is readily available from a teacher and assistant in the classroom, well versed in collaborative learning.