The Susan Odell Taylor School kindergarten curriculum is designed to give our students rich and varied experiences as they grow intellectually, socially and emotionally. Kindergartners are challenged to expand their skills and understandings in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. Each child is guided through the curriculum in a nurturing environment that is just right for the curious mind of a kindergartner.
The classroom setting is designed to allow for active learning. Tables are grouped together for times when the whole class works together - during math, journaling, handwriting and theme work. Children meet each day on the rug area for “morning meeting,” read-aloud, sharing and whole-class discussions. A table has been set aside as a small group/individual teaching space for the teacher to work on specific learning goals with the children. Paint easels, a dramatic play area, blocks, and a sand table are all used in creative ways during free exploration -- giving students a chance to develop the important social behaviors required of members of a positive school community.
Each day includes blocks of time dedicated to literacy, math, writing and theme study (social studies or science). Children also have time in their day for free exploration, outdoor recess and “specials” (art, music, physical education, yoga, and Spanish). The teacher identifies each child’s instructional level in math and reading so that individual goals and expectations can be set. Knowing each child’s strengths and challenges allows us to give each student what she/he needs to be a successful learner.
Our kindergarten classroom is a busy place filled with learning and joy that is perfect for the curious and inquisitive minds of 5-6 year olds. Kindergartners at the Susan Odell Taylor School are joyful learners in action!