kindergarten classroom

EDCDC consider themselves extremely lucky to have a career that they are passionate about! It is a welcome challenge, and a joy to teach at this level. Kindergarten children have a way of lighting up a room with imagination and curiosity, making the days brighter. Our teachers truly enjoy the challenges and the newness of each day. We touched so often by a child’s honesty, boldness, humor, creativity, and tenderness. It is our belief teaching is not a job – it’s a privilege!

Be assured that we will do my best to make this school year an enjoyable time for your child, but also a time filled with real learning. Please do not think your child will be just "playing" all day! The skills we practice daily in kindergarten are the building blocks for your child's future success in school and in life.

We look forward to taking many adventures in learning with your child. We value your involvement and believe we can better teach your child when working in a partnership with you and your family.

Parent/teacher communication is extremely important to each child's academic and social success in kindergarten. Therefore, consistent, positive communication with the families of my students is one of my top priorities. EDCDC views parents as partners, and biggest allies, in education. You know your child better than anyone, and we value all that we can learn from you! We welcome your questions and applaud your involvement, knowing that by showing an interest in your child's school experience you will leave a very positive, lasting impression on your child.

As with all of our classrooms, Kindergarten has an open-door policy and invite you to be an important part of our kindergarten adventure!

 

Overview

We will guide and encourage your child, celebrating each step of the way as he or she gains a love of learning, self-confidence, and the academic skills that form a foundation for continued success. We pledge to care for each child’s individual and social needs throughout the year and show them that school is a safe and consistent place to learn and explore. We love teaching and look forward to caring for, supporting, and encouraging your child daily as we embark on the wonderful adventure of learning.

CLASSROOMS

Our Curriculum will cover:

  • Language

    • Listen in order to understand and respond appropriately in a variety of situations for a variety of purposes
    • Use speaking skills and strategies appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes
    • Reflect on and identify their strengths as listeners and speakers, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful in oral communication situations
    • Read and demonstrate an understanding of a variety of literary, graphic, and informational texts, using a range of strategies to construct meaning
    • Recognize a variety of text forms, text features, and stylistic elements and demonstrate understanding of how they help communicate meaning

     

    • Use knowledge of words and cueing systems to read fluently
    • Reflect on and identify their strengths as readers, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful before, during, and after reading.
    • Write using a variety of tools and media
    • Write simple messages using a combination of pictures, symbols, letters, phonetic spellings, and familiar words
    • Contribute words or sentences to a class narrative that is written down on a chart by the teacher
    • Print all of the letters of the alphabet, their own name and names of family members, and some short words.

     

  • Oral Communication

    • Listening to Understand
      • Active Listening Strategies
      • Comprehension Strategies
      • Demonstrating Understanding
      • Making Inferences / Interpreting Texts
      • Extending Understanding
      • Analyzing Texts
      • Point of View
      • Presentation Strategies
    • Speaking to Communicate
    • Interactive Strategies
    • Clarity and Coherence
    • Appropriate Language
    • Vocal Skills and Strategies
    • Non-Verbal Cues
    • Visual Aids
    • Reflecting on Oral Communication Skills and Strategies
      • Metacognition
      • Interconnected Skills
  • Math

    • Sort and classify objects into sets according to specific characteristics, and describe those characteristics
    • Match objects by one-to-one correspondence
    • Estimate and count to identify sets with more, fewer, or the same number of objects
    • Count orally to 100, and use cardinal and ordinal numbers during play and daily classroom routines
    • Recognize and write numerals from 1 to 100
    • Demonstrate awareness of addition and subtraction in everyday activities
    • Use simple measurement terms correctly
    • Order two or more objects according to size or mass
    • Use non-standard measuring devices appropriately
    • Use some standard measuring devices appropriately
    •  Identify the values of some coins
    • Use language accurately to describe basic spatial relationships
    • Identify and sort three-dimensional and two-dimensional objects
    • Identify and reproduce simple patterns
    • Create and extend simple patterns using a variety of materials or actions
    • Place some specific types of objects on concrete graphs and pictographs
    • Compare information on objects, using two categories
    • Use simple grids correctly
    • Use language of probability.
  • Science

    • Describe some natural occurrences, using their own observations
    • Describe some differences between living and non-living things
    • Describe local natural habitats
    • Identify patterns and cycles in the natural world
    • Describe characteristics of natural materials and demonstrate understanding of some basic concepts related to them
    • Describe the functions of common objects found at home and at school
    • Identify energy sources used by familiar tools or toys
    • Experiment with simple machines
    • Make a specific plan
    • Describe the steps, and carry out the plan
    • Make appropriate observations about results or findings
    • Demonstrate awareness of the need for recycling
  • Social Studies

    • Express their feelings of wonder and curiosity about the world
    • Describe different kinds of weather and the ways in which people adapt to the weather
    • Investigate and describe familiar geographical features in their area
    • Identify ways in which people use the natural environment
    • Recognize special places and buildings within their community, and describe their function
    • Talk about time in relation to certain events or activities
    • Identify patterns and cycles in their daily lives
    • Identify some events that occur every year
    • Identify people who help others in the community
  • Health

    • Name body parts and talk about their function
    • Identify nutritious foods
    • Select clothing appropriate for the weather
    • Practice appropriate personal hygiene
    • Identify safe and unsafe situations, materials, and equipment
    • Identify and apply basic safety rules
    • Identify substances that are harmful to the body
    • Demonstrate understanding that adults make most decisions regarding safety rules, and seek assistance when needed
    • Participate willingly in creative movement, dance, and other daily physical activities
    • Use different types of equipment and materials with ease
    • Demonstrate balance, ease, and flexibility in movement
    • Demonstrate spatial awareness

     

  • Social and Emotional Development

    • Recognize personal strengths and accomplishments
    • Identify and talk about their own interests and preferences
    • Express their own thoughts and share experiences
    • Demonstrate self-reliance
    • Attempt new tasks willingly
    • Demonstrate self-control by following class room rules and routines in different contexts in school
    • Communicate needs to peers and adults
    • Listen and respond to others in a variety of contexts
    •  Act and talk in appropriate ways with peer and adults during activity periods
    • Demonstrate consideration for others by helping them
    • Share responsibility for planning classroom events and activities
    • Identify feelings and emotions and express them in acceptable ways
    • Use a variety of simple strategies to solve social problems
    • Recognize, in situations involving others, advances or suggestions that threaten their safety or well being
  • Technology

    • Use familiar technology appropriately
    • Identify familiar technological items and describe their use in daily life
    • Make things using a variety of tools and techniques
    • Work with others in using technology
    • Demonstrate awareness that familiar objects are designed to suit the human body
  • The Arts

    • Use pictures, sculptures, and collages to represent ideas
    • Move in response to the tempo and mood of music
    • Select pieces of their own art for portfolio collections
    • Show appreciation of folk songs and dances from various countries
    • Identify feeling evoked by art form
    • Mix paint to create new colors
    • Show skill in cutting, pasting, and painting
    • Use a variety of tools and materials in creating art works or making presentations
    • Use familiar materials in new ways
    • Solve problems creatively
    • Make preparations for performances
    • Decide who will take each role in classroom drama activities
    • Take turns working specific tasks in making things
    • Share materials in visual arts activities
    • Perform in a group
    • Use their creativity in movement, mime, and dance activities
    • Adapt songs, finger plays, and rhymes
    • Enact stories from their own and other cultures
    • Play the parts of characters from folk tales and legends of various countries