The kindergarten art program is taught by the kindergarten teacher and integrated into all of the curriculum areas as students work to develop their fine motor skills through cutting, coloring, and drawing and their sense of rhythm and pattern through math.
Safety: Children learn safe school practices and develop strategies for when they are lost or approached by strangers.
Social Emotional: Children develop communication skills to get along with others.
Substance Use/Abuse: Children learn to seek adult guidance before trying an unknown substance and to recognize the difference between helpful and harmful substances.
Healthy Body: Children identify foods that are good for them and sort them into food pyramid categories.
Disease Prevention: Children learn to wash hands with soap and water and not to touch bodily fluids of another person.
Growth and Development: Children recognize that they grow and change.
Gather Information for a Specific Purpose: Children ask questions and listen to information about a topic and become aware of the different kinds of resources for finding information.
Analyze and Evaluate Information: Children identify the title and author of a book and learn to share information with others.
Evaluate both the Process and the Product: Children look to see if all requirements are included and think of ways to improve future products.
Algebraic Reasoning: Patterns and Functions: Children learn to describe the attributes of objects, recognize, copy, and extend patterns, and organize information through systematic counting, listing and reasoning.
Numerical and Proportional Reasoning: Children learn to match, order, label and compare sets, act out story problems, count to 30, count by 10s to 100, count backward from 10, recognize and name pennies, nickels, and dimes, identify the whole and half of objects.
Geometry and Measurement: Children learn the language so that they can sort, order, and compare objects by length, area, and volume, recognize and name shapes in a variety of positions, sequence events, compare objects to see which is heavier, and tell time to the hour on an analog and digital clock.
Working With Data: Children construct graphs using objects or pictures, and extend visual, auditory, and physical patterns.
Children become aware of their singing voices, discriminate pitch and sing rhythmically together a varied repertoire of songs representing genres and styles from diverse cultures and songs using varying dynamics and tempi.
Children develop physical fitness and motor skills, learn to play responsibly and respectfully with other people and develop awareness of the positive aspects of physical activity.
Read for Information and Understanding: Children learn to extract relevant information from text, retell stories including story elements, identify cause and effect, note similarities and differences in text, and discuss the theme or message of a story.
Read for Critical Analysis and Evaluation: Children learn to sort statements by fact and opinion, listen to each other’s opinions, give the feelings of characters, give their opinions about a story.
Read for Aesthetic and Personal Response: Children express personal feeling about stories and illustrations and make personal connections to the text.
Read Strategically: Children learn to apply strategies to construct meaning, develop phonological awareness, learn and use sound/symbol correspondence, learn some high frequency words, learn to use meaning and structure as a cue, and develop reading preferences.
Children learn about the properties of matter, the similarities and differences in living and nonliving things, to recognize and record daily and seasonal weather, and explore materials used to build shelters.
Children learn about themselves and explore their relationships to each other and to the world around them.
Children learn to use and respect computer equipment, use the computer to support their learning, and make simple documents using technology (and software such as Kid Pix).
Technical Practical Writing: Children learn to gather information and sort it into categories as well as using words, pictures, or numbers as evidence to support ideas.
Range and Versatility of Writing: Children begin to write to communicate ideas and imitate the style of writing of a simple book.
Reflective Writing: Children look at their work throughout the year and notice how they are changing.
Writing Strategically: Children write daily to communicate ideas.
Mechanics/Conventions of Print: Children learn to leave spaces between words, write from top to bottom and left to right, begin sentences with capital letters, and use some end punctuation.