Writing - Kindergarten marks the first exposure to Writer’s Workshop. Students draw and write about their visual representations, through on-demand writing assignments, narrative, opinion, and information writing.
Reading - Kindergarten literacy consists of differentiated center instruction in sounds, guided reading, and comprehension
Combining TPR/TPRS (Total Physical Response/Storytelling) and our Descubre curriculum, kindergarteners are exposed to basic greetings, common and cognate animals, descriptive words, basic colors, numbers, simple body parts, and commonly used verbs through movement, stories, games, and multi-sensory activities.
Kindergartners have Physical Education twice each 6-day cycle for a 30-minute period. They learn hopping, galloping, jogging, sliding, curling and stretching, twisting and bending, and catching. They learn about personal space, and heart and lungs function. They practice striking upward with a small paddle, striking off a tee and dribbling with feet.
The Lower School library curriculum encourages students to be information literate, to become independent learners, and to engage in social responsibility. They read; are read to; make connections between the class curriculum and library resources; share their stories; learn to be inclusive and open minded through an array of literature; and find joy in reading. Kindergarteners learn about the library world (our school’s and local public library), what a “just-right book for me” means, and about books’ classification (that every books has an address).
Our Mandarin program for Kindergarten is new to Redwood Day! The Mandarin curriculum at this early stage aims to spark students’ interest in learning a new language, Mandarin Chinese, through exposure to a variety of topics. This includes basic greetings, common animals, counting, basic body parts, and commonly used verbs through movement, stories, games, and multi-sensory activities.
In kindergarten, students work to develop their general ability for music through lessons that introduce and reinforce a wide range of musical concepts. Call-and-response and echo songs used to develop pitch matching, along with singing games from different cultures, provide opportunities for students to sing alone and with others.
Kindergartners also learn rhythmic playing, movement, and listening skills.
In kindergarten, gardening at Redwood Day is about learning to respect the creatures that live in the garden and helping to keep our plants healthy. Students observe the life cycles of all sorts of animals and provide habitat for them to nurture their young. In half classes, kindergartners roll up their sleeves and apply their learning from the classroom in a variety of activities in the garden.
Science in kindergarten focuses on life-cycles, the five senses, trees/wood/paper, and animals. Units include Kapla Block engineering and exploring fabric through weaving and sewing. Students learn to ask questions based on observations to find more information about the natural and/or designed world(s).
Lower School art is where students explore and express their creativity through a variety of mediums. The art teacher collaborates closely with core teachers to create interdisciplinary projects that complement what students are studying in the classroom. The program is fluid and philosophically rooted in the idea that art inspires us to cherish the past, enjoy the present, and create the future.Projects in kindergarten include: leafy collages, pressing leaves and twigs into clay slabs that are later glazed, painting with oil pastels and India ink, and practicing cutting skills in a snowflake activity.
Kindergarten develops skills “driving” a mouse, following oral/written directions, and focusing on task completion. They learn to tackle problems independently, and seek support from peers before asking for teacher help. Much of the year, students work with Pixie with a brief foray into Hyperstudio, and go online in the spring.