Our kindergarten program focuses on educating the whole child. Our play-based learning approach encourages children to construct how they learn. Guided play has proven to be a developmentally appropriate approach to cultivate the social and emotional aspect critical thinking, leadership, collaboration, and deep problem-solving through experiential learning.
- Block Center-Children recreate their world with various materials and role-play utilizing varied resources.
- Phonemic Awareness provides children with opportunities to develop letter and word knowledge through exploration with varied resources and materials.
- Writing without Tears, used as a guide integrating learning into a play-based model.
- Math-discovering geometric shapes, classification, “Gifts.”
- Art/Nature- Infuse integrated art and nature study, nature walks, rock formations, drawing, comprehension of color, shape, form, texture, pattern, context and movement, painting, modeling (clay) self-expression.
- Science, investigation, questioning and forming, testing and refining ideas utilizing wooden blocks, “Gifts” rocks, water, sand, mud, cooking, balance scales, mirrors, introduce new items and concepts to children in a group setting, partner play, unstructured and structured play
- Dramatic play (allow children to construct ideas and explore)
- Music, songs, group time
- The Froebel Gifts are educational materials developed for Friedrich Froebel’s (considered the father of Kindergarten) original Kindergarten.
- The Froebel philosophy encourages children’s different learning styles through play-based, child-centered, holistic education using a series of 10 gifts.
- Each gift was designed to observe Life, Knowledge, and Beauty through interaction with the materials, allowing children to explore math, science, and the natural world.
Thinking with a Line
“Thinking with a Line” is a multi-sensory, child-centered approach that helps children with basic visual literacy and writing mechanics through line printing.
Children discover that they can construct various lines and shapes and combine them to create complex structures such as letters, buildings, machines, and vehicles. They also begin to create structures found in nature, such as snowflakes and trees’ branching patterns.