We help students develop a love of learning from the very beginning.
Our Kindergarten Learning Environment
The Kindergarten program builds upon the foundation established in Pre-kindergarten as academic skills are introduced more formally in a dynamic, rich and varied learning environment. Our small class size affords teachers the opportunity to meet each student’s needs. Children are often provided with opportunities to integrate play and exploration into their learning. Projected interactive imagery as well as classroom iPad use complement instruction. Kindergarten students enjoy time in the library and take part in drama lessons once a week, music, art, and Spanish twice a week, and have physical education four times a week.
Kindergarten Program Content
Similar to Pre-K, Kindergarten content includes language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, technology, and Spanish language. Children develop a love of reading through Readers’ Workshop, a curriculum for young readers designed by Columbia University’s School of Education. The program encourages the children to build stamina, comprehension, and decoding skills while they are reading a story so that they can better understand what they have read.
Connecting STEM projects to reading is a mainstay of the Kindergarten program. A reading of Balloons Over Broadway is followed by the students drawing blueprints of a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade float; students build the floats with balloons and other materials and then program “Beebots” to parade past a cardboard NYC skyline. In mathematics the children are introduced to the Eureka Math program, which encourages children to develop a strong number sense. With an emphasis on real world story problems, the children draw pictures, use number bonds and write a number sentences to solve problems. One project the children enjoy doing in math involves a variety of exploration activities using a pumpkin. The children guessed the weight of the pumpkin, the number of seeds, and the circumference using a piece of yarn. The children learned to listen to one another and work in a group setting to combine different ideas from each child to then create a pumpkin stand using a specific number of straws. Spanish class in Kindergarten builds off of what the children learned by PreK. Children are introduced to pre-writing skills by tracing Spanish words or copying them while working on their own unique and individualized projects such as the Animal Book project. This project allows the students to write about their favorite animals in Spanish and gives them the opportunity to get creative with their illustrations. Our Spanish teachers incorporate American Sign Language to assist young foreign language learners in interpreting Spanish vocabulary.