Welcome Amigos -- Academics

CURRICULUM - Kindergarten

Language Arts

  • Oral Language Development
    • Speaking-oral language expression
    • Listening-comprehension of spoken language, listening to distinguish between sounds in the language
    • Vocabulary development
  • Reading Comprehension
    • Ask and answer questions about texts
    • Re-tell stories in sequence
    • Identify simple story elements such as character, setting and theme
    • Relate reading to prior knowledge and make connections to related information
  • Writing
    • Use knowledge of sounds and letters to develop writing skills
    • Write for a purpose or theme in a variety of genres: simple, opinion, narratives, and informative
    • Understand print concepts
    • Word Study-develop basic understanding about written language

Mathematics

  • Number and Operations
    • Use place value to build and record numbers up to 20
    • Verbal counting
    • Object counting
    • Comparing numbers
    • Adding and subtracting
  • Geometry
    • Describe, explore and sort familiar 2-3 dimensional shapes
    • Create and explore shapes
    • Putting together shapes
    • Transformations and symmetry
    • Locations and directions
  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
    • Solve simple word problems using a variety of strategies
    • Work and build on repeating patterns
      (Patterns give order and predictability, they can be used to recognize relationships
      as well as weave through all other topics in math)
    • Use the calendar to explore numbers and patterns
    • Make predictions
  • Data Analysis, Measurement, Time, and Money
    • Classification and graphing
    • Describe, sort and compare objects
    • Estimate and measure lengths using non-standard units
  • Count pennies, nickels and dimes

Social Studies

The main focus of our social studies curriculum is to foster a child’s awareness of self in the social setting. Young children begin to understand the larger world through their understanding of themselves and their individual experiences in a project approach social studies curriculum. We follow the K-W-L strategy (Brainstorm what we Know, what do we Want to learn, and what have we Learned).

  • Some of our social studies themes include:
    • Myself in relationship to family, school, and community
    • Developing the school self
    • Community building themes
    • Character education

Science

  • Life Science
    • Physical Characteristics of living things
    • The basic needs of living things
    • Simple behaviors of living things
    • Relationship between living things and their environments
    • The life cycle
    • Variation and diversity
    • People
  • Physical Science
    • Properties of objects and materials
    • Position and motion of objects
    • Properties and characteristics of sound
    • Properties and characteristics of light
  • Earth Science
    • Properties of Earth materials
    • Weather
  • Space Science
    • Patterns of movement and change of the Moon and the Sun
      How does the Sun move across the sky? Is it the same everyday? How does the Moon seem to change?
      Is there a pattern?

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