The kindergarten program provides a balance of academics, intellectual challenge, and play. Children are exposed to rich content and intellectual stimulation, while having opportunities to learn as young children learn best, through play and exploration. Using a constructivist approach, teachers provide opportunities for children to discover their own answers about the world rather than simply giving the answers. Skills are taught in a meaningful, integrated manner.
Reader's Workshop enables children to see themselves as readers through a developmental, individualized approach, emphasizing "just-right" books and interactive experiences. Children view themselves as readers through meaningful reading experiences and developmental instruction. They learn to think about the content of literature, as well as its components.
Mathematics teaches kindergartners that math is all around us. Math begins with redefining mathematics from a computational model to one of "Math is everywhere." Children use manipulatives, pictures, charts, etc., to solve real-life problems and learn new concepts. Homeroom math takes place in both small developmental groups and large groups. Activities integrate with thematic units, while challenging minds and reinforcing basic skills. Students understand math concepts through constructive, hands-on lessons requiring high-level thinking and real problem solving.