We believe that children in kindergarten are eager to learn and find the learning process exciting.  By providing a positive learning environment that children can manipulate and explore, we believe that each child can develop to his or her full potential and feel good about themselves as they gain confidence and knowledge.

 

SELF-CONCEPT

  • Build self-esteem
  • Provide opportunities for children to initiate activities, develop, and demonstrate control of their bodies and self-help skills
  • Allow time for children to talk about themselves, their families, what they see, do and like
  • Provide opportunities for self-expression through language, dramatics, art, music, and play
  • Encourage independence in children


THINKING / REASONING / PROBLEM SOLVING


  • Extend children’s thinking and learning during activities by adding new materials, asking open-ended questions, offering ideas or suggestions, joining in their play, and providing assistance in solving problems
  • Help recognize the rights, feelings, and property of others
  • Encourage children to play and work well independently and in small groups
  • Use positive techniques of guidance to help children achieve self-control


ART / MUSIC / CREATIVITY

  • Experimentation with different media, materials, colors, and balance
  • Adult made models, patterns, and pre-drawn forms are infrequently used
  • Singing, playing instruments, introduction to rhythm, songs, rhymes, finger plays, musical games
  • Provide opportunities for dancing, movement activities, and creative dramatics


HEALTH AND SAFETY

  • Encourage cleanliness and good health practices, such as hand washing, brushing teeth, getting enough rest and exercise
  • Encourage safety practices in and out of school
  • Child learns full name, address, phone number, and 911 emergency number; safety and emergency procedures
  • Discuss and practice good nutrition


PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT


  • Large motor skills: running, jumping, skipping, climbing, throwing, catching, kicking, balancing, riding tricycles, obstacle courses, activities using songs or tapes
  • Small motor skills: cutting, pasting, painting, using play dough, manipulating small objects such as puzzles, origami, weaving, sewing, etc.


MATH

  • Use concrete activities to build and practice concepts
  • Patterns
  • Sorting and classifying by color, shape, size, and other characteristics
  • Discuss daily and weekly routines in terms of time concepts, seasons
  • Calendar: Learn days of week, months, holidays
  • Comparing: Measuring, relationship (More than/less than, heavier/lighter, longer/shorter, bigger/smaller, etc.)
  • Counting: orally, counting objects
  • Numeral recognition: recognizing the symbols 0-25, matching the symbols 0-25 to groups of objects
  • Recognizing sets of numbers, beginning addition
  • Writing numeral symbols correctly
  • Encourage water and sand play
  • Exposure to beginning place value
  • Beginning graphing skills


SCIENCE

  • Gardening, observe natural events such as seeds growing
  • Experimenting, problem solving
  • Take care of classroom pets and plants, observe natural life cycles
  • Foster awareness of the environment, (our responsibility to it and the changes that can and do occur in it)


SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Become aware of the local community as well as other communities near and far
  • Respect cultural diversity by: providing materials, images, and experiences that reflect different cultures – celebrating holidays of various cultures, reading books and looking at pictures about various cultures, inviting visitors to share arts, crafts, music, dress, and stories of different cultures
  • Become familiar with maps and the globe
  • Become aware of past/historical communities
  • Take field trips to local museums, theater groups, community building, etc.
  • Take walks around the neighborhood


LANGUAGE AND LITERACY DEVELOPMENT


  • Promote a love for quality literature and reading books through a print-rich environment
  • Daily stories, poems, rhymes, finger plays told orally, using books, flannel board, puppets 
  • Provide opportunities for acting out stories-creative dramatics and puppet shows
  • Provide time for conversations: build questioning and answering skills
  • Encourage children’s interest in writing with daily writing activities
  • Increase vocabulary through discussion, writing words, and labeling
  • Learn correct letter formation, names, and all associated sounds for letters and letter combinations (phonograms)
  • Learn how to blend sounds together to read and write words
  • Learn how to put words together in sentences

Curriculum Goals

Happy Hollow Children's Center