We love teaching kindergarten to all of our new Parkwood Panthers! There are many goals we work toward achieving in kindergarten. Among the most important of those goals is for each of our students to become an independent thinker and to develop a lifelong love of school.
In kindergarten we follow the Common Core State Standards, however we have specifically targeted some skills that are more critical for math success for this year and the years beyond.
Essential Standards in Math
- I can read and write and match objects for all numbers 0-20.
- I can make and take apart teen numbers (like 13 is one ten and 3 more).
- I can show and explain addition and subtraction sentences with tools, numbers, and symbols.
- When I am given one number between 1 and 10, I can find the other number to make ten.
- I can count to 100 by 1s and 10s.
Kindergarten uses the Superkids Curriculum to teach reading. Students learn their letters and sounds. They learn to blend and produce sounds reading the phonics readers. The curriculum also emphasizes vocabulary to increase understanding and learning. Superkids is a fun, motivational program that students love. It is also rigorous and phonics-based.
Kindergarteners have English Language Arts expectations that are essential to the foundation of their learning. For instance, students will recognize and name all upper and lower case letters of the alphabet, as well as know their sounds, Students will also demonstrate the ability to make rhymes and identify all of the sounds in words.
Essential Standards in Reading
- I can read and write all my upper-case and lower-case letters and tell the sounds they make.
- I can blend 3-4 consonants and vowels together to read a word (read a consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) or a consonant-consonant-vowel-consonant (CCVC) combination to blend/read the word – can be real or nonsense:
real CVC word can be /s/-/u/-/n/ or sun or nonsense CVC word can be /g/-/o/-/f/ or gof
- I can recognize and make rhyming words (do bat and cat rhyme? - yes, do bat and ball rhyme? – no) and (make three more words that rhyme with bat and cat…sat, hat, mat, rat,etc.)
- I can take apart and put together word parts by their sounds.
I can read memory words (such as the, a, I, is, was, with, of, to, you, she, see, my, are, he, do, does, like)
Essential Standards in Writing
- I know that words are separated by spaces in print.
- I can use pictures and words to tell about the events in a story (journaling).
- I can write sentences—I know how to use a capital and ending punctuation.
- I use pictures and words to tell what I think about a topic or a book (response to a question or an opinion about a book or movie).
A note about spelling: kindergarteners learn more about letters and sounds when they are doing best guess/inventive spelling rather than copying words provided by adults.
In kindergarten, we have three hands-on science kits. Our kits are:
- Discovering Animals
- Push, Pull, Go
We also teach science content in literacy time, using nonfiction texts to learn more about various science topics.
For kindergarten students, social studies is primarily about learning about themselves, their families, and their communities.
We use a variety of resources to teach these concepts, including the Scholastic Let’s Find Out Magazines.
Second Step teaches kindergarteners how to be successful learners; how to understand and recognize their feelings, and how to make friends. Students also learn positive and effective ways to solve problems. Our students learn to reach out and ask for help, as well as gain a host of strategies in resolving conflict, thus empowering them to solve their own problems.