Meet the classroom teacher:
Rachel Piper is a graduate of the University of Vermont.
In Kindergarten, instructional time focuses on students:
– knowing number names and the count sequence (counting up to 100 by ones and tens, writing numbers from 0 – 20, understanding the relationship between numbers and quantities)
– understanding addition as putting together and adding to, and understanding subtraction as taking apart and taking from with acting out situations, sounds (e.g. claps), drawings, etc.
– working with numbers 11 – 19 to gain foundations for place value
– describing and comparing measurable attributes. Classify objects and count the number of objects in each category.
– identifying and describing shapes (squares, circles, triangles, rectangles, hexagons, cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres).
English & Language Arts
Students in Kindergarten are being exposed to language and storytelling techniques through a variety of media. Through storytelling, games, songs, pretend play, read aloud, poetry, students’ learning is focused on:
– Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details
– Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types
– Know and use various text features to locate key facts of information in a text
– Identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text
– Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences in stories
– Read grade level appropriate complex text
– Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print
– Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds
– Know and apply grade level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words
In Kindergarten, science is taught through everyday observation. Through our robust Outdoor Learning and Farm To School program, students are able to fully engage with their surroundings. Learning is experienced through all 5 senses to involve the student fully in the natural world.
Some theme covered throughout the year:
– Changing season
– Life Cycles (Apples, Pumpkins, Insects, etc.)
– Weather Patterns
Art, Music, and World Languages
In Art, the Kindergartener meets the NCAS proficiency by exploring art through fiber, developing coloring techniques, studying shapes, block printing techniques, and using oil pastels to start exploring the seven laws of drawing.
In Music, the Kindergartener meets the NCAS proficiency by working on cadence and rhythm. Students are able to generate musical ideas (such as rhythms and melodies). Students are introduced to musical ideas through finger play, and interactive singing. Students in Kindergarten have two scheduled performances in front of the community (Holiday Concert and Spring Concert), as well as performances during the school year for special events and assembly.
In World Languages, the Kindergartener is immersed in Spanish or Standard Mandarin Chinese (languages are both spoken during the year). The focus is on exploring colors, counting, family through movements. Mrs. Meagher also brings cultural diversity to the classroom using food, cultural artifacts, and history to expose the Kindergartener to context within their language exploration journey.