The Kindergarten program strives to promote a positive approach to learning. We believe that each child should have a good self-image and from the smiles and laughter we see, the program works. Social growth, as well as academic development is emphasized in our program.
Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Beginning to Read, Write, and Listen, is a comprehensive reading, language arts program. It contains and correlates reading, handwriting, auditory and oral language skills for children who do not know how to read or write. Many of our Pre-K 4 students come to kindergarten with beginning reading skills. These children are offered more advanced reading opportunities. We have a series of leveled readers to meet the needs of advanced students.
The Kindergarten child reviews the letter names, sounds, and how to write the letters, what sounds the letters represent, and what function the letters serve as their sounds are blended to form words. Each child will read 580 words using their phonics skills as well as 65 sight words. They read independently many supplementary series, write daily in their journals, and complete phonetic workbooks at multi-levels. This series is a multi-sensory program of visual, kinesthetic and auditory activities, which meets the needs of the beginning student. Above all, this reading program produces in the beginning or intermediate student a high degree of involvement and motivation, which is so vital for success at this early stage of learning.
McGraw Hill My Mat and the Math Calendar Book are used in our math program. In these programs, the child learns to write numbers 0-31 and the numbers from 31-100 are introduced. In addition to writing numbers 0-31 and counting to 100/counting by 5's and 10's to 100; the children add, subtract, begin fraction concepts, graphing, and estimation, as well as identify solid figures such as cones, spheres, cubes, rectangular primes, cylinders, etc. Other concepts introduced include time, money and its value, and comparison and patterns. Hands-on activities are important strategies for introducing and reinforcing mathematical concepts utilizing concrete experiences before abstract experiences. McGraw Hill utilizes technology throughout each math lesson. Videos show the students how each math lesson relates to real life. Differentiated instruction is incorporated into each math lesson to meet the needs of all the children
Geography is an exciting concept for children at this age. Identifying continents and oceans, the poles and equator lead to the biome study of the Arctic Tundra. The children learn 100 animal facts which lead to habitat discussions and critical thinking skills.
Each morning we spend time in circle or group time. This is an important time for each child to feel comfortable sharing experiences with his/her peers, sharing books or just waking up! Each week, a child is featured as our “Artist of the Week”. During circle time, the children discuss the calendar-months of the year, days of the week, and the weather (which we graph). We also count from 1-100 by 5's and 10's. The children recite The Lord’s Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance, and sing America, The Star Spangled Banner and many other patriotic standards. This is also a chance to sing together, have dramatic play, finger plays and just a chance to relax and begin the day in a pleasant way.
Our religion program follows the Southwestern Association of Episcopal School’s religion curriculum. All thirty-six weeks of the school year are assigned a lesson. The three year cycle is repeated so that they students learn about a topic more in depth as they grow older. Kindergarten introduces the Bible lesson during their Chapel services once a week. The Bible story is retold during the week to reinforce it, and personal applications are made. The children are asked to retell the story. Students also participate in the Lord’s Prayer daily. To assist the children in character building and community awareness several projects addressing community needs become important teaching tools. Projects have included collecting socks and canned goods for needy .
Afternoons in Kindergarten are center time. Centers incorporate reading and mathematical concepts being studied as a means to reinforce concepts. Social studies and science concepts are also introduced during center time. The afternoon may feature a special cooking class and a play performed from a children’s classic they have read. We utilize the Discovery Chest, Destination in Science, All Around Me and Science Place programs. We do a science experiment every week. We harvest silk from silk worms, incubate eggs, provide habitat for lady bugs and caterpillars and have many multi sensory science experiences. The centers also emphasize the use of fine motor skills through cutting, gluing and coloring. The objective of the centers is to make learning a fun and successful experience in an unstructured environment.
The children participate in Physical Education, Music, Library, Computer, Spanish and Art. Through these varied experiences the children gain confidence and poise. This is continually expressed in the children’s journaling which allows each child to use growing writing and vocabulary skills.
The Kindergarten program emphasizes the “total” development of the child. Each child needs social growth, as well as academic growth. Our objective is to allow the child to learn his/her greatest capabilities. We strive to provide a positive and healthy atmosphere in order to promote this learning experience.
Some of the special events and field trips that kindergarteners at Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School participate in include: Gingerbread Hunt, Circus Day, Puppet Show, Reading with Buddy Bear, Class Books (written and illustrated by students), Halloween Carnival, Thanksgiving Play, Christmas Ballet Field Trip, 50’s Day, Polar Express Day, Arctic Tundra science projects, 100th Day of School Activities, Invention Convention, Petro Bowl Field Trip, Zero the Hero, Artist of the Month, and much more.