Kindergarten enrollment is for children that are 5 years old by September 30. Exceptions may be made at the School’s discretion. It is a full-day program (8:30 am – 3:00 pm), five days a week. The Kindergarten curriculum builds on the Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten programs, with an emphasis on preparation for primary school.
Academic skills come into greater focus with the introduction of a wide variety of literature, including stories and nonfiction works and leveled-reader books read by the children. Remembering a story, being able to relate events in sequence and to describe the characters, predicting actions and outcomes or engaging in discussions about cause and effect, increases vocabulary and develops oral language skills. Acting out a story introduces yet another learning dimension: experiencing not only events, but also the intentions and feelings of the characters, and then projecting the experience into their own creation through writing or dictation, art or music. By the end of the year, most children will be able to describe their work and write and illustrate thoughts and ideas.
Similarly, the acquisition of mathematical skills and understanding of basic science concepts evolves from hands-on activities: counting and sorting, forming and describing shapes, exploring nature, learning about time and measurement, organizing and classifying, recognizing patterns, observing and recording seasonal changes, graphing, baking, and engaging in games and problem solving. Basic mathematical and science skills evolve naturally from such activities through guided group and individual instruction.
Like their younger friends, Kindergarten students begin the year building their classroom community, learning about each other, debating a class “constitution” and rules, and organizing their days. They learn to respect each other and their community and to celebrate their commonalities and differences. With a diversity of backgrounds and cultures represented in the classroom, there are abundant opportunities to “travel” across the country and around the globe to learn about literature, music, dance, art and food from around the world.