Kinderclass

Active Explorers - 5-6 Year Olds

 

The Kinderclass student shares the ‘magical thinking’ of the Small Schooler and is happy to ‘play’ school and engage in the social community of the classroom. While children at this age have developed greater facility with language and begin to engage in more complex thought, they are still concrete thinkers who learn best through personal experience, active exploration of materials, and colorful stories. Although still egocentric in nature, 5’s are characteristically enthusiastic and eager to please. They are ready for the longer school day and interested in experimenting with the ‘work’ of school as long as there is ample time to play house, build with blocks, and hunt for crickets.  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.  Kinder students begin the exciting work of ‘sounding out’ their own stories, listening to chapter books and puzzling out simple words, solving adding and subtracting problems with manipulatives, and exploring the life of the Wampanoag.

 

School Day: 8:30 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 about books; studying capital alphabet forms and sounds, beginning creative and expository writing; introductory reading activities; communicating honestly and respectfully; developing Spanish vocabulary

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Mathematics

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