The senior kindergarten program begins our full-day (8:25 a.m.-2:50 p.m.) five-day a week schedule with the option of after school or enrichment courses.
Enlightened by a sense of independence and an enthusiasm for knowledge, senior kindergarten students boldly take on many new challenges. Daily choice time, recess and physical education classes provide boys and girls with the opportunity to invigorate their bodies, minds, and spirits. In the classroom, students firm up their letter-sound correspondence and learn sight words. Students in senior kindergarten are introduced to creative writing sessions where the focus is on creative expression and invented spelling (spelling using one’s phonological knowledge). During this important year of growth, it is our belief that reading is a developmental skill best nurtured through exposure and never forced. Students work with teachers in small groups geared towards readiness and an interest in meeting each child where he or she is, helping them to reach their next milestone.
Senior kindergarten students enjoy special subject classes such as secondary language (French, Spanish, or Mandarin Chinese), studio art, music using the Kodaly style of teaching, greenhouse, science, daily physical education and library. Students also participate in daily recess on our rooftop playdeck and join grades 1-3 for Chapel once a week.
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