It is the district’s mission to provide a developmentally appropriate, literacy based Kindergarten Program that fosters curiosity, creativity and self reliance in a nurturing environment which enhances a child’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. This kindergarten philosophy was developed based on the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s guidelines for the appropriate practices in the primary grades. The full day kindergarten program is designed to allow each child to progress at his or her own rate and to build upon skills already possessed. Many parts of the program are individualized, based on special needs and interests. Other parts of the program are designed for either large or small groups of children. Learning Centers are an integral part of the classroom environment. We strive to foster each child's social and emotional development by teaching them to listen, follow directions, show respect, and cooperate. We encourage good work habits and attitudes in an effort to help each of them become independent students and citizens. The development of oral language, motor skills (gross and fine), reading readiness, math readiness, writing, music, art, science, health, and social studies is a continuous process in the classroom. We recognize that home involvement is important in children’s education. Frequent communication with parents about classroom activities is a vital part of the home-school connection. The Kindergarten Program incorporates the Four-Block Literacy Model in the classroom. Building Blocks is a framework that integrates guided reading, self-directed reading, writing, and working with words. It combines what children need to learn with what is known about how children learn. The six critical understandings are the “building blocks” of a balanced literacy program. Desire to learn to read and write-students become independent readers and writers through a variety of developmentally appropriate activities. Language concepts-fosters the ability to read and write words. Print concepts-teaches through modeling how to write and participate in shared reading and writing experiences. Phonemic awareness-develops an awareness of phonemes including rhymes, poetry, tongue twisters, and playing with language. Interesting words-extends the list of real life words that students find personally relevant like cartoon characters and family members. Letters and sounds-encourages letter and sound recognition through activities with alphabet books, beginning and ending sounds and shared writing.

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