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Parents of our Kindergarten students often marvel at how well our teachers know our children. As our experienced teachers engage with each student, as they move from one learning activity to another within their classrooms, they discover emerging interests and talents; they are alert to varying styles of working and thinking and to nuances of social interaction and developing motor skills. They learn, too, from their colleagues on the pre-Kindergarten team, including specialists in the arts and physical education who also work with their children.
Our teachers also rely on your intimate knowledge of your child. They seek your input as they share their own observations. Over time, these conversations will build the close parent-teacher partnerships that foster your child’s growth and development both now and in the future.
This habit of observation enables our Kindergarten teachers to structure learning experiences at a pace that is developmentally appropriate for each child.
Richly textured, tangible exploration carries throughout the year. To learn about germination and the seed cycle, they dissect a sunflower. As they shape phonemes into words, words into sentences, and sentences into stories, they lay the groundwork to read and write.
How do we teach our Kindergarteners about Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel? After introducing them to the subject through reading and response, we tape paper underneath each student’s desk and have the kids lie on their backs and draw, dimming the lights to simulate the lack of electricity at that time. When they’ve completed their own masterpiece, their finished work is affixed on the ceilings all the way down the hall.
Through rich, experiential projects supported by our teachers’ direct instruction and modeling, our young learners develop every part of their minds and come to see school as a place alive with exploration and discovery.