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.
- I can write numbers 0-20 and match objects to those numbers.
- I can compare to groups of objects and use words like “more than” “less than” and “equal to.”
- I can make and take apart teen numbers (like 13 is a 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 10.
- I can count to 100.
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.
Kindergarten Essential Standards in Writing
- I can take apart and put together word parts by their sounds.
- I know that words are separated by spaces in print.
- I can use pictures and words to tell about the events in a story.
- I can write sentences - I know how to use a capital and ending punctuation.
- I can use pictures and words to tell what I think about a topic or a book.
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.