Who Am I? The overarching theme of Kindergarten
Kindergarten is a time when young children find their place at school. When they form their identities as students. The Kindergarten curriculum affirms students both as members of their family and as members of a learning community. The social studies curriculum begins here exploring the question Who am I? Then students consider their relationship to others and the world around them.
Kindergarten teachers instill a love of story and a need to communicate. This is primary in beginning literacy instruction. Next comes letter names. Sounds. Formation. Soon students start to form words and sentences. Then writing begins. Reading is more “caught” than “taught” at this stage. And children begin to read and publish simple books.
Mustard Seed follows the TERC Investigations curriculum for mathematics. Math skills begin with simple sorting and counting tasks. Graphs and measurement skills enter the classroom as students need to communicate and understand quantity. This work is carried over into the work in the Studio. It includes numbers and their operation. Geometry. Measurement. Statistics and probability.
Other distinctives of the kindergarten year include the baby food collection service project (serving the community), leading the school during the Palm Celebration, and daily experiences in the Studio.
Additional instruction includes art, music, physical education, and library.
kindergarten curriculum overview
Fall and Mini Term: Seeds of Learning at School
Social Studies: the classroom community; the school community; collaboration and problem-solving
Science: seeds; drawing and observation; using senses; water properties and movement
Literacy: phonemic awareness, shared language; group songs, rhymes and chants; letters and sounds; naming and ordering capital and lower case letters
Math: counting and quantity; whole number operations; counting; addition and subtraction
Winter Term: Growing Beyond the Classroom
Social Studies: developing a sense of self; South Africa; map building, leaders for peace and justice—Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu
Science: light and dark; sun and shadows
Literacy: phonemic awareness; letter-sound associations; identifying letter sounds in words; writing stories with pictures and words; shared reading; story elements; beginning writers workshop
Math: patterning, counting, measuring, and combining numbers; story problems; 2D and 3D shapes
Spring Term: Flourishing in the School Community
Social Studies: Mexico; Mexican culture including food, language, artwork, celebrations and religion, ancient architecture, daily life
Science: building a garden; seedlings and planting; garden creatures
Literacy: phonemic awareness; writers workshop, shared reading, introduction to sight words and word families
Math: 2D and 3D geometry, addition, subtraction, and the number system; combinations up to ten; story problems; coins and sorting
Summer reading list and requirements for students entering Kindergarten.