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"Never give the mind more than the hands can hold."

- Maria Montessori

Curriculum

 What do we learn?                  

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Kindergarten learning spans a broad range of physical, social, and intellectual development.

Children enter school with different interests, strengths and needs, all of which are considered and reconsidered throughout the year when teaching curriculum and academic skills.  

My goal is to improve understanding from whatever point a child starts at.  Learning is differentiated (repeated or extended) in many ways to accommodate the student who, at any given time, may need repetition to master a concept, or a challenge to deepen understanding and application of a concept. During the first trimester, students are guided to do their “personal best” through encouraging words.  In second trimester, students are asked to re-do work if it’s not their best.  By the third trimester, the  expectation for all students is increased self-motivation in work and choices. 

The K curriculum is aligned with the California Common Core Standards. 

A Brief Overview

Language Arts

We start with alphabet I.D. and sounds, move to words (decoding, blending, sight words) and then basic sentence structure. We study story structure, compare different versions of same stories, have author studies and look at a topic with works of fiction and non-fiction. We use the handwriting program Handwriting Without Tears to learn printing and number writing.

Math

Number sense includes number identification, writing, ordering, valuing and decomposing. Geometric tools such as pattern blocks, tangrams, pentominoes and unifix cubes help us study the basic shapes of the world around us and to sort and identify and make patterns. Algebraic thinking and problem solving use critical thinking to identify, calculate, and solve equations and story problems.

Science

Physical science addresses the idea that materials can be observed, measured and predicted. We study water, its cycle and its forms. Life science addresses plants and animals; their life cycles, structures, similarities and differences in appearance and behavior. Earth sciences includes land, air water; landforms, weather and resources. We study the seasons in nature.

Social Studies

Holidays focus on the origin and practice of national, religious and time-related holidays. We learn about what life was like “long ago” compared to now. We learn about neighborhoods, who is in communities, how we use rules to help us.

Fine Arts

Thank you for your PTA donations! I use much of my PTA classroom fund to purchase special beeswax crayons, pencils and paints from Germany and Switzerland for everyday work and special art projects. Throughout the year, we study primary and blended colors, shapes, and use of different art tools and techniques. We look for aesthetic beauty in our work every day of the year!