Kindergarten

Quick facts
  • Our kindergarten is a traditional kindergarten designed to prepare students for first grade. Some parents may opt to use it as a transitional year for social/emotional reasons.
  • Classes meet five days per week from 9:00-1:00.
  • Kindergarteners attend a music class twice a week, Exploring Lab (science) once a week, and Movement/Gym once a week. They also participate in a technology lab once a week.
  • Children attend weekly Chapel services. They sing in the Chapel Choir every other month.
  • Classes are equipped with iPads and other technological equipment designed to enhance instruction.
   
http://www.whitememorial.org/uploads/fireman-300x220.jpg Primary Purposes

In our kindergarten classes, our purpose is to prepare students academically for first grade while offering the nurturing, loving environment of a church school. Our students follow the kindergarten curriculum from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction so that they can go into public or private school confident and well-prepared. We believe that young children learn through active experimentation, hands-on play, and lessons designed to meet individual needs.


Typical Day

Kindergarteners spend their day their day alternating between whole group, small group, and individual activities designed to meet their unique needs. Children of this age build critical thinking skills through play and experimentation in classroom centers, large group discussions and demonstrations, and small group time with teachers. Skills are taught using engaging materials designed to foster independence, problem-solving, and a love of learning. Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) principles are imbedded in many of our classroom lessons and centers. Academic skills, including early reading, writing, and number skills are practiced in developmentally-appropriate ways. Literacy is highly-valued, and teachers spend time daily reading to the children. Children go out on the playground each day and attend a variety of special classes throughout the week, including Movement, Exploring Lab, Music, and Technology Lab. Spiritual development and leadership skills are is encouraged through participation in a weekly chapel service. Kindergarteners also spend time each day learning and practicing specific social skills that allow them to build strong relationships with other children and adults.


Curriculum
  • Literacy skills are taught using Letterland, a child-friendly approach to letter and sound recognition and early reading. Most public schools in Wake County and many private elementary schools in our area use Letterland in the early grades. (letterland.com)
  • Children use books from Literacy Wings (pioneervalleybooks.com/collections/rti-literacy-wings.html) to practice reading fluency and comprehension.
  • Writing instruction is modeled after the Lucy Calkins Writer’s Workshop (unitsofstudy.com/).
  • Fine motor skills are taught using Handwriting Without Tears (hwtears.com/hwt) and a variety of teacher-designed activities.
  • Math and science skills are taught using activities that incorporate STEM principles (drpfconsults.com/understanding-the-basics-of-stem-education/) and follow guidelines from the NC Department of Public Instruction.
  • Relationship-building and self-regulation skills are taught using guidelines from Conscious Discipline (consciousdiscipline.com/).