KindergartenOur kindergarten program provides our students with learning experiences that will help to develop their basic skills which are the structural foundation necessary for success in the years to come. Students will strengthen their letter recognition, numbers and writing skills including penmanship. They will listen to stories, sing songs, and participate in cooperative learning activities which address the needs of the total child – socially, emotionally, intellectually, physically and spiritually. The curriculum encompasses the full breadth of academics including science, mathematics, language arts and social studies, and is enriched by integration with classes in music, visual art, technology, library, physical education, and Modern Greek.
Our Kindergarten program is directly aligned with the Common Core Standards for New York State.
- Letter Identification: Capital and lowercase letters (A-Z and a-z)
- Letter Sounds
- Short Vowel Sounds, a, e, i, o, u
- Beginning Sounds of Words
- Ending Sounds of Words
- Using Vowels in the Middle of Words
- Identifying Similar Initial Sounds
- Blending Phonemes to Read Words
- Digraphs: sh, ch, th
- Phonemic Awareness
- Concepts of Print
- Phonics/Decoding Skills and Decoding Longer Words
- High Frequency Words/Spelling/Vocabulary
- Comprehension Skills and Strategies
- Reading Fluency including High Frequency words
- Information and Study Skills
- Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics
- Writing Process
- Represent, count and write numbers 0 to 5
- Compare numbers to 5.
- Represent, count and write numbers 6 to 9.
- Represent and compare numbers 0 to 10.
- Addition facts within 10 and fluency within 5.
- Subtraction facts within 10 and fluency within 5.
- Represent, count and write numbers 11-19.
- Represent, count and write numbers 20 and beyond including counting to 100 by tens and ones.
- Geometry including circle, square, triangle, rectangle, hexagon and position words.
- Identify and describe three-dimensional shapes including cone, cylinder, sphere, and cube.
- Measurement- comparing length, weight and height.
- Classify objects by color, shape, size and sorting data on a graph.
- In kindergarten, students study "Self and Others". This course is organized into five units of study.
- Individual Development and Cultural Identity
- Civic Ideals and Practices
- Geography, Humans and the Environment
- Time, Continuity and Change
- Economic Systems
Weather and Climate
- Demonstrate an understanding that the Sun warms the Earth by identifying the relative temperature of various surfaces.
- Understand what makes a fair test (controlled experiment) by creating an investigation to examine solar energy.
- Design a structure that protects an ice cube from solar energy.
- Explore how to gather information to predict and prepare for severe weather.
- Identify trends/patterns in weather that are typical of a time of year (or a season) and use data to make predictions.
Forces and Interactions: Pushes and Pulls
- Discover various pushes and pulls in their surroundings.
- Investigate the relationship between cause and effect when a strong or gentle force acts on an object.
- Understand the effect that force has on the way things move when they are pushed, pulled, or collide.
- Use arrows to create models to visualize and describe the strength and direction of forces applied when an object is pushed or pulled.
- Design, test, and improve a solution to solve a problem.
Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Animals, Plants, and Their Environment
- Identify classroom resources and how to conserve them.
- Stop waste from going to landfills by learning to sort and recycle their snack waste.
- Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.
- Design an experiment to test if a plant needs water and light to grow, and draw a conclusion using evidence.
- Create a ladybug habitat that includes food, water, shelter, and air for survival.