Designed using the California mandated core-curriculum, teacher-directed lessons and child inspired projects balance the core subjects of language arts, math, science and social skills with other important life skills such as inquiry, creativity, confidence, critical thinking, risk-taking and self-discovery. Direct instruction of core subjects is balanced with unstructured playtimes in order to construct a developmentally appropriate kindergarten program.
We recognize that each child enters kindergarten at their own place along the developmental continuum. Through a variety of small group instruction times and individual assessments, we are able to meet each child where s/he is, and then nurture and support them as they move forward on their educational experience.
Each week, core curricular components are incorporated into the day; including social-emotional, language arts, handwriting, mathematical, and scientific concepts. During kindergarten afternoons, children make choices to play and work in many areas within the classroom. These areas are designed to be open-ended and promote a platform for imaginative play and discovery.
We also know that the outdoors is vital for healthy development, so children are offered time to play outside on a daily basis. Themes and projects, which are ever evolving and changing develop and grow from the interests of students and teachers. These projects and themes integrate math, science, art and language arts, allowing the children to learn while engaged in compelling activities that are interesting and exciting to them.
Cooperation, collaboration, leadership, responsibility among other skills are developed and fostered throughout the year. It is our hope to nurture and inspire self-confidence. We want each child to take responsibility in his or her own learning. And we seek to empower children to understand their place in our class as well as in our school community. Our kindergarten is a five day a week full day program