Kindergarten is a magical year. As the beginning of a child's academic journey, the Kindergarten year is full of "firsts." In each spacious, colorful classroom, the two Kindergarten teaching teams inspire students’ natural creativity and curiosity about the world. In this environment, children feel safe to learn, explore, and develop close relationships with their teachers and their peers.
- Language Arts: Phonics, handwriting, process writing, punctuation, and sight words
- Math: Problem solving, exploration, computation, and number formation, using the Math in Focus curriculum
- Social Studies: Community citizenship, urban vs. rural living, culture and history of Minnesota, stories from around the country and the world.
Kindergartners also work in specialist courses 2-3 times per six-day rotation. The specialist classes include science, Spanish, music and movement, art, physical education, and time in the Lower School library. Learn more about specialist courses.
Technology is introduced in Kindergarten through the thoughtful and deliberate use of iPads to support the curriculum in both the homerooms and specialist classrooms, and also through the use of SmartBoards, which are in use in both Kindergarten homerooms. Kindergartners visit the Lower School Library at least once per rotation for story time and the opportunity to choose new books.
Adequate time for free play is critical for five- and six-year-olds. Children go outside every day for a full half-hour of recess in addition to a half-hour for lunch.
Family involvement is an important part of the Kindergarten year. Teaching teams maintain close relationships with the families of Kindergarteners through regular emails, class website updates, written reports, and conferences. Parent volunteers are always invited to visit the classroom and contribute to the rich learning environment and the fun of Kindergarten.