A Typical Day in Kindergarten
The morning typically begins with a morning work activity while scholars arrive, say goodbye, unpack and get settled into the classroom. We gather for a morning meeting move into language arts centers and writing activities. After lunch and recess we generally work on math, science, social studies, and developmental social activities.
A time to bring everyone together to begin the day, say good morning, read stories, calendar and large group instruction, are all a part of our morning meeting. I use this as way to provide a soft landing for our scholars and orient them to the school day.
Language Arts centers involve scholars in a variety of activities. They practice using letter names, sounds and sight words with games, puzzles and writing. Not only do these centers help scholars develop their reading and writing skills, they help them become more independent over the course of the year.
Scholars also practice their early reading skills by having time each day to read. Reading can encompass scholars looking at picture books and making up their own story to go with the pictures, to scholars reading the words as they use pictures as clues.
Writing is one of many ways I can differentiate instruction for scholars. Scholars start with drawing pictures, adding initial sounds for words represented in their drawings, moving to words and sentences over the course of the year.
Inventive spelling is a great way to help scholars hear the sounds in the words they are writing. I work with scholars to help them apply learned letter sounds, beginning sight words (I, see, look), and sound chunks (ing, ack, cl, th). My goal is for scholars to feel confident and have a desire and ability to write.
I encourage you to use 'sound' spelling during homeschool instruction and understand that the transfer to book spelling will gradually occur. As scholars understand how a consistent spelling system works, they begin to make the transition to standard spelling.
Our core math program is Math Pearson Realize, which combines activities, games, skills, and practice to help scholars develop a solid grasp of mathematical concepts. Scholars enjoy centers pertaining to sorting, patterning, graphing, understanding number concept, writing numbers, estimating, measuring, solving problems, and adding and subtracting basic problems with manipulatives and writing in our math journals.
Science and Social Studies
Social Studies and Science activities are typically scheduled during the afternoon. These activities offer opportunities for creative and hands-on exploration. Social studies units include, citizenship, national symbols and icons, community workers, maps and geography, past and present. Science units include forces and interactions, patterns of what plants and animals need to survive, how plants and animals change to survive and adapt to their environment and local weather conditions and patterns.
Although our program has been created with a core academic focus, I recognize the importance of socializing as another crucial area for young children. During structured activities in the classroom, scholars are able to work in cooperative groups as they share materials, create structures, play games, etc. As scholars socialize and work with each other, they are formulating social skills that will last a lifetime. Negotiating the social arena is just as important as learning to read because these social skills will support and enhance the success they have in the academic areas in subsequent years in school.