Kindergarten at Advent is a magical time for young children. In this critically formative year, they enter as caterpillars who end up leaving our program as butterflies. Building upon the strong foundation of each child, the children are engaged daily in strong curriculum, arts, and other enriching activities. The change that happens in kindergarten at Advent is astounding!
A day in the life of a kindergartener at Advent includes a balanced program that teaches literacy by reviewing and addressing phonemic awareness, phonics, high frequency words, fluency, and comprehension. The children learn these skills throughout the day formally with our adopted reading series and small group instruction, and informally, with read-alouds and other engaging literacy events like the “morning message.”
Writing skills are also learned in kindergarten. As they learn the writing process, they write daily about things that are meaningful to them. Writing in kindergarten may start with writing only beginning sounds, but quickly moves to using invented spelling and writing sentences, even paragraphs, by the end of the school year. The kindergarten classes rotate through learning stations each week where they learn and practice the writing process.
The kindergarten math program is an extension of the math concepts they learned in our Pre-K program which include sorting, patterns, numbers, the calendar, time, measurement, money, addition and subtraction, shapes and problem solving. They learn these concepts in more depth and in such a way that is meaningful in their world.
Throughout the day, children are enriched with science, a study of cultures, swimming, and soccer. Science in kindergarten is always hands-on and open-ended so that each child is truly making sense of the world around them using the scientific method. Through practice, by the end of the year, each child has not only a grasp of what science is, but of what scientists do…and they know that they themselves ARE scientists. A study of cultures is taught as well. The children take a trip around the world, stopping at a different country each week where they learn about that country’s geography, food, music, manner of dress, architecture, and art. Kindergarteners at Advent also attend two swimming lesson sessions and two sessions of soccer lessons.
One special event that is experienced exclusively by kindergarten students is a monthly family activity called Curriculum Share. Parents and other family members are invited to join the kindergarten classes in our Explorium for a time of sharing songs, stories, and routines the children have learned during the month.
Upon spending a year in our kindergarten, children emerge well prepared for first grade and ready to fly as beautiful butterflies!