Kindergarten

Learning. Laughter. Discovery. Kindergarten at ACDS encompasses the creative play of childhood and learning opportunities designed to enrich the whole child.

The ACDS Kindergarten program features small class sizes enabling our dedicated teachers to provide individualized attention. Kindergarten at ACDS features a wide range of activities that engage the spectrum of developmental skills critical to later academic success: pre-academic practice, self-care, focus and self-control, social interaction, sensory-motor progression — and fun!

Our two veteran teachers create a joyful, safe learning environment that includes circle time, instructional centers and self-directed tasks.

Overview

Class Schedule

  • Monday-Friday 8 am-2 pm with an optional hour of supervised, child-directed play
  • Optional extended care through Apple Tree is available from 3 pm-6 pm

Teachers

  • Experienced and credentialed teachers supported by regular visits to our full-time Librarian, Science Specialist, and Musical Movement teachers.
  • 12:1 student to teacher ratio.

 

Curriculum

Language Arts

Pre-Reading Skills

  • Phonemic awareness
  • Print awareness
  • Letter formation
  • Sound and letter recognition
  • Letter and sound sequencing
  • Listening skills
  • Letter and sound blending
  • Punctuation
  • Comprehension skills
  • Literature
  • Building vocabulary

Social Studies

  • Thematic units following the calendar
  • Seasons
  • Citizenship
  • Patriotism
  • Native Americans
  • Holiday traditions and cultures
  • Mail system
  • Maps and globes

Math & Science

Math

  • Calendar skills
  • Numeral printing
  • Geometric shapes
  • Measurement
  • Rote, skip and backward counting
  • Graphing
  • Place value
  • Time and money
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Numerical sequence, patterning, comparing numbers, classifying and sorting by numbers
  • Estimation, number operations, number sense
  • Mathematical reasoning and problem solving

Science

Discovery and observation through:

  • Senses
  • Garden activities, pumpkins and apples
  • Solar system
  • Arctic, Antarctica and penguins
  • Rainforest and ecology
  • Shadows
  • Weather
  • Nutrition
  • Spiders and bats
  • Plant growth
  • The five senses
  • Weather and the seasons*
  • Trees throughout the year
  • Animal defenses and adaptations*
  • Sun and shadows
  • Water cycle
  • Earth care
  • Engineering projects*

Movement

Musical Movement Program

  • Body and space awareness
  • Non-locomotor and locomotor skills
  • Manipulative skills (throwing, catching, dribbling, kicking, jumping rope)
  • Motor memory skills; visual & auditory cues to copy and recall single movements and movement/rhythm patterns

Dramatic Expression/Creative Movement

  • Self-initiated movement and expression through music, poems and stories
  • Ability to listen for musical cues as they relate to movement

Art & Music

Art

  • Colors
  • Thematic projects on connections, relationships and applications
  • Creative exploration and expression
  • Visual literacy

Music

  • Exposure to the Orff music program, which combines movement, instruments, speech and song
  • Developmental music; dramatic play
  • Exposure to folk, classical, patriotic music and children's favorites
  • Identifying and creating patterns in music

Technology

Students learn how to use technology as a learning tool. They also learn how to use applications to review, reflect on, and share learning through the use of iPads in small groups.

Library Visits

Kindergarten students visit the school library and spend time with our full-time Librarian who introduces the students to new authors and allows children to check out books to take home.

Field Trips

Kindergarten students generally take at least one annual offsite field trip. In recent years, they have visited Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Patch and the Children’s Discovery Museum.

Big Buddy Program

Each Kindergarten student is paired with a "Big Buddy" from grades 5-8. Throughout the year, Big Buddies meet to work, play and learn together in a variety of activities. Big Buddies care for their Little Buddies, and Little Buddies look up to their older friends, forging affectionate connections and lasting memories. The beloved Big Buddy Program is a highlight of the ACDS experience for younger and older children alike.

Other Experiential Learning

Guest Speakers
Guest Speakers visit Kindergarten throughout the year to share their professional expertise, cultural experiences, and other topics of interest to the children.

Kindergarten friends
“If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life."
— Rachel Carson

Ready for Kindergarten?

If you are wondering if your child is ready for Kindergarten, we can help. In addition to resources on our website, we offer assessments to help you make the best decision for your child.

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