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In Kindergarten, students study the basic skills of speaking, listening, comprehension, writing and spelling, and handwriting. The alphabet is learned to mastery, and the creation of words with letters is reinforced through rhyme. The fundamentals of language arts which begin in Kindergarten continue in the lower school. The following courses of study start in Kindergarten:
Words Their Way (Pearson) for spelling.
Write Source (Great source) for grammar and writing.
Handwriting (Zane-Bloser) for handwriting.
Reading Skills workbooks (Harcourt Family Learning) for the basics of reading, including ﬁnding the main idea, inferencing, distinguishing between fact and opinion, discovering context clues, and drawing conclusions. In Kindergarten as well, students listen to many read-alouds, do Guided Reading, and begin in-depth, novel studies of time-tested, classic children’s ﬁction. The books read for the novel studies in Kindergarten are the following:
Little Bear’s Visit
3 Caps for Sale
Blueberries for Sal
Make Way for Ducklings
We strongly believe that reading high-quality literature serves as a foundation for all aspects of language arts. Students model what they read in their own communication, both oral and written.
Kindergarten students utilize math centers and hands-on activities to explore and enjoy math in the world around them. They come to understand and appreciate numerals and number sense by counting objects forward and backward and by skip-counting. They learn the concept of money and the value of coins. They examine concepts of measurement and weight by experimenting with water and following simple recipes. They create and learn to recognize patterns and shapes, such as triangles, squares, circles, and rectangles. The teachers use a wide variety of puzzles, games, and manipulatives to bring math literally to life.
Kindergartners learn to recognize that science is all around them and that the force of observation is where scientiﬁc discovery begins. They begin with earth science at its most observable: day and night, the weather, and the four season. They analyze the ﬁve senses and the type of data we receive from each. Teachers introduce them to the study of the living and the non-living. They observer the power of magnets and look closely at the growth and habitats of animals. They learn about the human body. Earth science continues with analysis of land, air, water, the earth, and the globe. Rocks soil and clay come into the picture. The students witness the growth process of plants beginning with the planting of seeds. Each day, the students in Kindergarten learn to see, hear, feel, taste, and smell the environment around them, to question what they observe, and to understand the power of discovery and awareness.
In Kindergarten, Sullins students begin their exploration of history and its ongoing signiﬁcance in our lives today. By traveling across maps and around the globe, they learn to locate the continents and the oceans. They take a closer look at North America, ﬁnding ﬁrst their own home states of Virginia and Tennessee and then taking a larger look at the continent. Native Americans, Christopher Columbus, Johnny “Appleseed” Chapman, and the Pilgrims bring people into the story. Election-day procedures and presidents both past and present give the students an awareness of how history reaches down to our own moment in time. Teachers also introduce the symbols and ﬁgures that stand for our country, such as the American Flag, the bald eagle, Mount Rushmore, and the White House. Throughout the course of social studies in Kindergarten and beyond, the importance of character is highlighted as people and their actions are evaluated according to standards of model conduct and contributions to community.