Kindergarten Enrichment (ages 5 to 6 ):
Both Montgomery and Hillsborough school districts offer half-day Kindergarten programs. Our Kindergarten Enrichment programs are meant for students that would come here for the half of the school day when they are not at the district. Our program helps to reinforce the curriculum taught by the districts, offering classroom activities that teach similar concepts. Additionally, the daily routine of the class is similar to that of the districts. Once our curriculum activities are done for the day, we will help each student complete homework assigned by the district Kindergarten teacher.
What should you expect when your child enters Kindergarten Enrichment at ADLC?
The Kindergarten Enrichment program expands on and supports the curriculum, skills, and lessons taught in both the Hillsborough and Montgomery School Districts. The New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards as well the Common Core National Standards for Kindergarten are utilized to form a curricula that ensures we meet pre-determined quality standards which will prove effective in fully meeting the learning aspirations of children. We always keep classroom size small so your child gets the individualized attention he or she needs to be successful.
Our half-day Kindergarten Enrichment program is a supplement to the half-day Kindergarten program offered at our local public schools. We offer both AM and PM Kindergarten to supplement our student’s public school sessions. Each of our Kindergarten classes is led by an experienced and state certified teacher who has a strong background in early childhood education and child development .Our teachers understand how to best provide your child with what they need to grow physically, emotionally, and intellectually.
What does a typical Kindergarten Enrichment day look like?
Both AM and PM sessions begin their academic lessons with circle time. At circle time the Kindergarten students will:
· Sing a song
· Salute the flag
· Discuss the month, day, and year
· Observe the weather
· Read a story that coincides with the weekly theme
· Talk about the day’s upcoming activities and events
After circle time the Kindergarten class gets ready for snack. Our program offers designated snack times throughout the day for our students.
Academic group time is where we reinforce and expand on many skills our students are working on at the local public schools. The Kindergarten Enrichment curriculum utilizes small group work including hands-on activities, exploration, social interaction, and structured play in order to reinforce concepts.
Sampling of our Goals/Expectations for our students:
· Discuss and explore formation of sentences.
This student’s emergent writing skills flourish as he attempts to complete the writing prompt. He attempts to write a complete sentence by sounding out each word as he completes his sentence.
· Represent addition and subtraction with objects.
This student demonstrates his emergent understanding of numbers as he adds one group of beans to another using chop sticks.
· Create a graph, measure, or make a pattern.
The Kindergarten Enrichment class develops knowledge of the spatial concept of measurement while exploring the use of non-standard objects for measurement. These students are using cut outs of their feet to measure the classroom map.
· Perform a science experiment to test a hypothesis.
When learning about sound waves, the students used Styrofoam cups and strings to make telephones. The students made a hypothesis about what their friend’s voice might sound like through the cup when putting it up to their ears.
Each day our Kindergarten Enrichment program incorporates a language arts lesson from the Wilson Fundations program (the same phonics and spelling program used in our neighboring public schools). These lessons focus on skills such as:
· Phonological and phonemic awareness
· Letter formation associated with sounds
· Print knowledge and concepts of print
· Alphabetic order
· Identification of correct punctuation
· Retelling of narrative stories
· Identification of upper-case letter use for the beginning of sentences and names of people
Center Time is always included in the daily schedule which provides an opportunity for structured play, an important component of our program. The classrooms are set up in “interest centers” which includes five areas: Dramatic Play, Blocks, Art, Math/Science, and Literacy. The teachers interact with and guide children during Center Time to enhance the learning experience.
Two students collaborate to construct a zoo using wooden blocks and plastic animals. After they agree on a configuration for the blocks, they group the animals into types.
A student works on her homework she received form the public school earlier that day. The teacher sets aside time each day to help the students with their homework to reinforce their academic skills.
This Kindergarten student concentrates as she puts her problem-solving and emergent reading skills to the test and strategically places puzzle pieces together to uncover pictures and their corresponding three letter word.
This student takes a break from playing, to sit and enjoy a book with a friend. He looks at the pictures and sounds out the words.
When the weather permits, the Kindergarten Enrichment class will go outside in our large, child-friendly playground. Our outside playground was specially designed with “older” children in mind. It provides students the opportunity to enhance their gross-motor skills, to build muscle and to improve coordination. It also provides an atmosphere for positive interactions with peers.
This team of Kindergarten students huddle together to create a game and to show good sportsmanship. The students work to create rules that are fair and fun for everyone.
Our large sandbox invites numerous social encounters between students. These two girls share work together to make “sand cup cakes” for their friend’s birthday.
Kindergarten students cheer their friend on as he uses his upper body strength to swing across the monkey bars. One bar at a time he makes it to the end with a big smile on his face.
Special Features of our program:
In addition to our comprehensive Kindergarten curriculum, students are introduced to technology and how to operate a computer in our specially-designed computer learning lab. Teachers guide students in activities such as navigating an on-screen menu, becoming familiarized with the basic functions of a browser, accessing materials on a CD-ROM, and the correct operation of high-quality, interactive games.
Our Kindergarten students will have the opportunity to use tablets as part of our classroom learning too. Students will take on the responsibility of caring for and handling this form of technology. Our Kindergarten students will hone their skills through various applications. Tablet usage will be integrated to develop fluency in reading, instill phonological awareness and reading comprehension. We will also use the tablets to explore measurement, time, money and various scientific phenomenon including force and motion.
Music and Movement
Creative movement and music are exceptional tools in teaching young children. Music and movement is a regular part of our routine with particular goals and expectations in mind.
Your child will not only learn new songs but will have an opportunity to display their singing and dancing talents with you in one of our two family concerts scheduled throughout the year. Our school-wide winter and spring concerts bring families and friends together and showcase what your child is learning through music and movement during the year. All family members are invited and encouraged to attend!
Kindergarten students explore various types of writing including opinion writing, informative writing and explanatory writing that correspond to the weekly theme. Students also construct writing pieces that lead to research and larger writing projects led by the teacher. Students have opportunities to use the computer and tablets for research and writing composition as well as share their writing with classmates, teachers and parents.
Our Kindergarten Enrichment program includes a comprehensive mathematics program that teaches students a variety of mathematic skills. Our Kindergarten math program is split into units that include counting up to 100, comparing numbers, measurement, graphing data geometry, operations and algebraic thinking. This program challenges and prepares students for higher level math thinking and gives students a jump start for public school math programs.
Healthy Choices is an important part of our program. This program is based on Food, Fitness, and Fun activities. Students will learn about healthy food choices and the importance of eating right. There are activities to help students learn about making healthy food choices and keeping fit through physical activity.
Food & Nutrition
Our Kindergarten Enrichment curriculum incorporates numerous lessons and activities throughout the year that help students develop an awareness of healthy habits and nutritious food choices. In an attempt to reinforce what students learn in the classroom, ADLC ensures that the meals and snacks we provide are healthy and nutritious. Families are welcome to supply their child with snacks and lunches or may take advantage of our school snacks and/or our catered hot lunch program.
Snacks: Snack time is provided. School snacks consist mainly of foods such as cereal, crackers, and pretzels. Juice is always offered to accompany snack. Our snack service is included in your monthly tuition.
Lunch: Our hot lunches are catered by a local restaurant located in Montgomery Township. Each lunch is served to children in its own container and includes fruit, vegetable, and an entrée. Milk is also offered to all students who receive school lunch. Entrees include such items as, chicken tenders, pasta, hot dogs, mozzarella sticks, Sloppy Joes, and grilled cheese. A vegetarian option is always available. Our hot lunch program is optional. Please see the Director for prices.
Character education is an important component of our program. With it, we strive to build a positive sense of self in each child. Each week your child’s teacher will provide lessons or activities that touch on topics such as conflict resolution, sharing, manners, and/or personal responsibility.
For Kindergarten students, character education is introduced in a fun, interactive, and stimulating manor. It is infused into the curriculum with the use of games, role-playing, and literature; all which provide students with activities that encourage working together, sharing, cooperation, and language that expresses feelings. Every month is a new pillar of character.
Our Character pillars are as follows:
· September Responsibility
· October Respect
· November Citizenship
· December Trustworthiness
· January Fairness
· February Caring
· March Friendship
· April Honesty
· May Leadership
· June – August Sportsmanship
In today’s multicultural society, learning a second language is not only gratifying, but it also quite valuable. To provide your child with a basic knowledge of another language, our Kindergarten teachers include lessons in Spanish at least 3 times per week. Each lesson is organized by a topic familiar to the student, such as letters, numbers, colors, and family. The ADLC Spanish curriculum incorporates Spanish children’s books, Spanish language games, Spanish songs, and other hands-on activities to teach and reinforce Spanish acquisition throughout the year.
Our Spanish curriculum themes are as follows:
· April-May Numbers and Letters
· June-July Shapes and Colors
· Aug.-Sept. My Family/My House/School
· October Animals
· November Body Parts and Food
· December Transportation, Days of the Week, and Months of the Year
· Jan.-April A review of all learned concepts
Content areas covered in our lesson plans:
· Social/Emotional Development
o Identify basic social and emotional needs of all people.
o Determine possible causes of conflict between people and appropriate ways to prevent and resolve them.
o Explain healthy ways of coping with common stressful situations experienced by children.
· Visual & Performing Arts
o Describe feelings and reactions in response to a creative movement/dance performance.
o Clap, sing, or play on pitch from basic notation in the treble clef, with consideration of pitch, rhythm, dynamics, and tempo.
o Describe feelings and reactions and make increasingly informed responses to stories and dramatic performances.
o Demonstrate planning, persistence, and problem-solving skills while working independently
· Health, Safety, and Physical Education
o Explain what being “well” means and identify self-care practices that support wellness.
o Summarize information about food found on product labels.
o Determine how personal feelings can affect one’s wellness.
· Language Arts Literacy
o Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose opinion, informative, explanatory and narrative pieces.
o Participate in shared research and writing projects.
o Spell simple words phonetically, drawing on knowledge of sound-letter relationships.
o Share and discuss work samples containing drawings, paintings, and pictures.
o Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10.
o Graph, organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another.
o Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately.
o Tell and write time in hours and half-hours using analog and digital clocks.
o Observe questions, predict, and investigate materials, objects, and phenomena during classroom activities indoors and outdoors and during any long-term investigations in progress.
o Seek answers to questions and test predictions using simple experiments or research media.
o Represent observations and work through drawing, recording data, and writing.
o Demonstrate awareness of the need for conservation, recycling, and respect for the environment.
· Social Studies, Family, and Life Skills
o Demonstrate appropriate behavior when collaborating with others.
o Develop an awareness of the physical features of the neighborhood/community.
o Learn about and respect other cultures within the classroom and community.
· World Languages
o Say simple greetings, words, and phrases in a language other than their own.
o Comprehend previously learned simple vocabulary in a language other than their own.
o Illustrate and communicate original ideas and stories using digital tools and media-rich resources.
o Use basic technology terms in conversations.
o Use the Internet to explore and investigate questions with teacher’s support.
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