The Private Kindergarten classroom offers six primary learning areas to enhance each child’s skill development across a range of interests.
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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:
Using their imaginations 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, by 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.
McGraw-Hill Everyday Mathematics®: Children develop lifelong mathematical power through research-based and field-tested strategies that teach basic and conceptual thinking. A trusted resource for more than 4.3 million U.S. students, this program comes from the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project.
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:*Show 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.
Learning to follow a list of step-by-step directions without requiring assistance.
Recent research has found that kindergarten teachers rank the ability to self-regulate as the most important characteristic necessary for school readiness.
Dr. Susan Canizares
*If your school is located in Texas or Virginia, these benchmarks vary. Please see your director or teacher for details.