Active Explorers 


The Kinderclass student shares the ‘magical thinking’ of the Small Schooler but has developed greater facility with language and has begun to engage in more complex thought. They are concrete thinkers who learn best through personal experience, active exploration of materials, and storytelling. Although still egocentric in nature, Kinderclass students are characteristically enthusiastic and eager to please.  Children are now able to work on a task or sit at Circle for a lengthier period of time but require a good deal of physical activity and outdoor play throughout the day.  Kinderclass students begin the exciting work of writing their own stories, listening to chapter books and reading simple books, solving addition and subtraction problems with manipulatives, and learning about the helpers in the community.


School Day: 8:20 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. with the option of Extended Day through 5:10 p.m.

Language Arts

Speaking and listening; engaging in dramatic play; listening to stories, poems, chapter books; learning concepts about print; studying alphabet forms and sounds, beginning writing; early reading activities; communicating honestly and respectfully; developing Spanish vocabulary
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Counting; sorting, ordering, matching, comparing estimating; graphing; identifying and creating patterns; making sets; working with whole numbers 1-12; exploring arithmetical operations through story; adding and subtracting using manipulatives; numeral writing, representing and recording number and quantity; exploring size/shape/length/weight/volume
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Social Studies and Science

Learning about life long ago in relation to now --  exploring world of Wampanoag with pertinent projects, writing tasks, field trips and end-of-year presentation; exploring family life and ways to meet basic human needs; developing awareness of the calendar; recording the weather; pictorial mapping; gardening; insects and helpful and harmful creatures of the garden; observing the weather; composting and recycling
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Art/Craft/Handwork and Music

Drawing; painting, printing; constructing; working with clay; stitching, weaving; finger knitting; carving; beading, felting, creating collage; singing with finger-plays and movement activities, finger-plays and movement activities; exploring rhythm, volume and tone; making and playing simple instruments
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Physical Education

Nature hikes; playing indoors and out; exercising gross motor skills through running, jumping, hopping, climbing, balancing; developing fine motor skills through  craft work, painting and drawing activities