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In our Private Kindergarten program, children complete their journey along our School Readiness Pathway and prepare for their next journey, on to a successful academic future.
This program gives students the opportunity to focus on:
The Private Kindergarten classroom offers six primary learning areas to enhance each child's skill development across a range of interests.
Using their imagination in pretend play allows children to develop social-emotional skills as they experiment with different roles.
Children learn how different things work and fit together, but using a variety of materials to design and construct their own creations.
Children develop creative, problem-solving, and self-expression skills, as they explore a variety of different art techniques and color concepts.
Children develop investigative and critical-thinking skills, through experimenting and exploring science and math concepts.
Children develop written communication skills by recognizing and forming letters and words, learning the sounds of words, and making words from sounds.
Children develop significant literacy skills, including story reasoning, print awareness, and word recognition, as they engage with books.
Literacy and math skills are enhanced through nationally recognized, award-winning, research-based curricula in this classroom.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journeys: English language learners, as well as emerging, on-level, and advanced readers, achieve significant results through this important literacy and language arts program.
My Math: This program uses research-based strategies and engages children through a focus on real-world applications, to challenge and inspire children toward confidence in their own mathematical skills. Children develop conceptual understanding, procedural skill, and fluency, enabling them to steadily grow their math confidence.
Handwriting Without Tears®: Developed by experienced occupational therapists, this unique program improves letter spacing, size, and legibility, while making handwriting an easy and automatic skill for all students.
Each child’s development in Private Kindergarten is tracked based upon five benchmarks*.
*If your school is located in Texas or Virginia, these benchmarks vary. Please see your director or teacher for details.
Asking and answering questions (with prompting and support), in order to explore the main details of a story or informational text.
Counting, using 1’s, up to 100.
Sharing personal experiences, family stories, and important traditions.
Planning, experimenting, and investigating to compare different strengths or different directions of pushes and pulls on an object’s motion.
Milestone: Planning and conducting an investigation to compare the effects of different strengths or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of an object.
Desired Outcome: Students are able to understand and can discuss how air is capable of pushing and pulling different objects.
Learning to follow a list of step-by-step directions without requiring assistance.
Self-Regulation & School Readiness
Self-Regulation & School Readiness
To be ready for school, it is essential that a child develops an understanding of limits and the ability follow rules. These skills can easily be explored at home, as the child’s family helps them prepare for school.
Recent research has found that kindergarten teachers rank the ability to self-regulate as the most important characteristic necessary for school readiness.
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