Five- six year old children participate in a full day Kindergarten program 8 am–2:55 PM. Kindergarten is a child and family’s bridge to elementary school – even if this is not your first child going to school, each experience is as unique and different as your children are. Partnerships are developed between schools and families that provide a strong community of support.
Each child brings a wealth of developmental and cultural experiences to kindergarten. The curriculum focuses on learning experiences in language and literacy, math, science, social studies, art and drama. Our curriculum is designed to address all areas of development (social, emotional, physical, and intellectual) and to meet needs of diverse groups of learners. Children are active learners: touching, trying, moving, talking, writing, drawing, questioning. Throughout our day the children still have opportunities to explore, investigate, and predict.
Experiential, hands-on- learning is still encouraged while starting to access a more formal bilingual curriculum. The Kindergarten students attend gym twice weekly. They participate in ASL story time, and visit the library weekly. They also attend weekly art classes in our art studio. Preschool and Kindergarten students also participate in Deaf studies and formal ASL instruction each week.
We hope to promote self-discovery and self-awareness. Our goal is to foster independence and help children gain and use necessary skills for working in small groups as well as the class as a whole. Children learn how to function well as a group member, how to ask for help and be helpful, how to complete a task and put things away. Each child is encouraged and guided to move beyond his/her current level of understanding.
Kindergarten is a safe, supportive and welcoming environment. It provides the children with a variety of opportunities to try out new ideas and be challenged with new experiences that engage budding readers, writers, scientists, mathematicians and artists. We, as teachers, work to help the children to be empowered, to feel valued, to be listened to, to be competent and successful as they proceed in school.