The focus of The Avery Coonley School Full-Day Kindergarten is to facilitate to development of the whole child by helping students to become creative problem solvers, critical thinkers, self-directed learners, and community contributors. Through engaging hands-on experiences, children will be able to apply learned concepts to their daily lives. Kindergarten celebrates the uniqueness of all children by honoring their various learning styles. Via a collaborative setting and differentiated curriculum, the children’s curiosity and natural love of learning are fostered.
Ultimately, the Kindergarten experience provides the foundation that enables children to embrace the joy of discovery, the thrill of creativity, and a passion for lifelong learning.
Kindergarten provides the foundation that enables children to embrace the joy of discovery, the thrill of creativity, and a passion for lifelong learning. This is an overview of the seven curriculum areas within the Kindergarten program. Rarely are these areas used in isolation. But rather, our teachers take a cross-curricular approach: Large Motor with Social Studies, Literacy with Social Emotional, Think Tank with Mathematics.
The social emotional curriculum helps develop intrapersonal skills for young gifted learners. Students receive instruction about how to identify and name emotions and navigate through social scenarios. Children develop coping skills and engage in problem solving related to peer situations. Students utilize the following means during the social emotional process: role playing, visual cards, music, and puppets to become empathetic members of our Kindergarten community.
Think Tank is a platform for helping children with their convergent and divergent thinking skills. Within this framework, children are encouraged to take risks when solving open-ended questions. Students justify their thinking after formulating a solution to a prescribed problem. Think Tank helps foster problem solving and decision making in daily life.
Large motor skills are integrated across the curriculum to enhance whole-brain learning. Students use their bodies as a vehicle for gaining knowledge and acquiring skills. Via small groups, students are exposed to a variety of different types of large motor skills including balance, bilateral movement, visual motor coordination, and directionality. The Kindergarten Program embraces the developmental understanding that children need to move their bodies to learn in an optimal fashion.
The literacy program helps each child develop a passion for learning through reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Literacy skills are taught via visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic modes. Through a balanced, systematic and multileveled literacy program, the students learn to read, acquire new vocabulary, and develop confidence in expressing ideas both orally and in written form.
The mathematics curriculum provides authentic activities which help children explore mathematical concepts through hands-on activities and learn how math is relevant to their daily lives. Problem solving and experimentation with numbers are integral components of the mathematics curriculum. Key concepts include: number sense, patterns, measurement, addition, subtraction, place value, geometry, money and fractions.
Science is experimental in nature as children readily engage in hands-on activities which reinforce the principles of the Scientific Method. Weekly experimentation allows students the opportunity to make predictions and draw conclusions about specific scientific concepts.
The social studies curriculum centers around thematic units which help children develop a sense of self, community, and diversity. Other key components of this content area include geography and history. Community is a focal point of the social studies program as students explore their place within the Kindergarten setting through role-play and simulations.
Open the door to a place where community is the focus, creativity is valued, and mistakes are viewed as invitations for learning.
- Creative and critical thinking activities are integrated into all content areas. The teaching staff recognizes and supports the various learning styles of the children and takes this into account when planning daily lessons.
- The learning process is valued as children work toward completing a product or finding a specific answer to a prescribed problem.
- Selective admission process including IQ testing, and screening, allows for in-depth and enriched curriculum to appropriately challenge gifted and academically motivated children.
- Three certified teachers of diverse backgrounds provide a small teacher-to-student ratio.
- Literacy and mathematics are taught in small, skill-based groups which meet the individual needs of the students within the classroom.
- Kinesthetic activities are integrated in a cross-curricular fashion to enhance whole-brain learning.
- Problem-solving strategies are taught and applied via authentic experiences in mathematics and literacy.
- Students partake in play-based learning to conceptualize content and acquire skills.
- Students engage in many simulations throughout the school year in an effort to make learning mirror real world experiences.
- Students participate in weekly French, computer, library, music, and art classes.
- Students have access to the latest technological advances in education integrated into the content instruction, including the use of SMART Boards.
- Students benefit from daily physical education classes.