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Kindergarten Highlights

Scripps Ocean Partnership: Pond Life

Kindergartners study the pond and fresh water habitats as a part of their science curriculum. To deepen their knowledge and further their experiences, students visit the conservancy to study the community’s water shed, learn how the creek/pond system eventually travels to the ocean and learn more about the animals and plants of this habitat.

100th Day of School

To celebrate the 100th day of school, Kindergartners count out 100 stickers to put on a hat, as well as count out 100 fruit loops to make a necklace! We also read stories about the number one hundred and play different games to celebrate this special day!

Field Study: Botanic Gardens

Kindergartners visit the San Diego Botanic Gardens to study pond life. They learn more about the animals and plants that live in this habitat, as well as learn about temperature of the air and water. Students end this field study by drawing a real-life sketch of the animals and plants they see at the pond.

Philanthropy: Focus on School Community

In Kindergarten we explore our place in the school community by serving others and working to make it a better place.  We look for ways to help others and bring happiness to people in our school community. We learn that philanthropy comes in many forms and we can make a difference in the lives of others by being generous with our time and friendships.

Kindergarten students receive an hour of math instruction per day in a workshop format that provides the conditions supported by the most current research on mathematics instruction. They count objects that are part of our everyday lives, describe their physical world using geometric ideas, develop number sense, and build a foundation for adding and subtracting through hands-on explorations.  Students are helped to realize that math is everywhere around them.
Download the RSF Math Pathways chart (K-12)

Units of Study
Unit 1    Classify and Count Numbers to 10
Unit 2    Identify and Describe Shapes
Unit 3    Comparison of Length, Weight and Numbers to 10
Unit 4    Addition and Subtraction of Numbers to 10
Unit 5    Numbers 10-20, Counting to 100 by 1 and 10
Unit 6    Analyze, Compare, Create and Compose Shapes

Workshop
The emphasis in math workshop is to provide students with the conditions supported by the most current research on mathematics instruction.  It involves explicit teaching of skills and strategies, teacher modeling, and supported student practice.  Our program emphasizes rigor: a balance of conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application with equal intensity.  The elementary school mathematics curriculum focuses on developing critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

Curriculum Resources
Fosnot
Rational Number Project
Eureka
MacMillan

Instructional Software Supports
ST Math
Compass Learning
Waggle™

Kindergarten students receive 60 minutes of Reading Workshop (see below) instruction per day by both the classroom teacher as well as an additional Literacy Support Teacher during the reading block.  Students develop foundational skills such as concepts about print (understanding that books are read from cover to cover, left to right, top to bottom), phonemic awareness (rhyming, playing with sounds in words, hearing component sounds in a word) and phonics (learning letter names and sounds). They acquire a “bank” of high frequency words that enable them to read conventional texts with ease and confidence.

Units of Study
• We are Readers
• Super Powers: Reading with Print Strategies and Sight Word Power
• Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles
• Learning About Ourselves and the World: Reading for Information/ Growing Expertise in Little Books: Nonfiction Reading
• Readers are Brave and Resourceful When we Encounter Hard Words and Tricky Parts in Our Books
• Becoming Avid Readers
• Informational Text: Reading to Learn New Things and Grow Big Ideas
* Readers Get to Know Characters by Pretending and by Performing Our Book

Reading Workshop
The Reading Workshop is a teaching method in which the goal is to teach students strategies for reading and comprehension.  The workshop model allows teachers to differentiate and meet the needs of all their students.  Reading Workshop helps to foster a love of reading and gives students chances to practice reading strategies independently and with guidance.
– Mini Lesson: (10-15 minutes)
– Independent reading, conferring, small group instruction (35-40 minutes)
– Share (5 minutes)

Curriculum Resources:
Units of Study for Teaching Reading: A Curriculum for the Reading Workshop (Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University)
Curricular Calendar for Reading K-8 (Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University)

Instructional Software Support:
Compass Learning
Waggle

Kindergarten students receive 60 minutes of Writing Workshop (see below) instruction per day and 75 minutes of Word Study (see below) per week.  Students use pictures as well as letters, words, and eventually sentences, to represent meaning. They develop phonemic awareness as they stretch out, listen to, and distinguish, and record the sounds in words. Students also experience the writing process as they add details to their writing, fix up spellings, and add capital letters and punctuation to their pages. Kindergarten writers are given the opportunity and experience of writing at least three types of text: stories, opinions, and information texts.

Units of Study
• Launching the Writing Workshop
• Writing Pattern Books to Read, Write, and Teach
• Looking Closely: Observing, Labeling, and Listing Like Scientists
• Writing for Readers
• How-to Books: Writing to Teach Others
• All-About Books
• Persuasive Writing of all Kinds: Using Words to Make a Change
• Writing Stories: Using All We Know About Narrative Writing to Craft Stories for Readers

Word Study
Word study emphasizes learning in the following areas: language, spelling, vocabulary, and grammar by implementing the most recent instructional research.  During the word study block students are placed in groups based on their developmental spelling stage.
Language:
Some of the language conventions in grammar and usage taught in Kindergarten are understanding and using questions words, capitalizing the first word in a sentence and the pronoun I, as we; as recognizing and naming end punctuation.
Spelling and Vocabulary:
Kindergarten spellers begin to include vowel spellings in all of the words they write as well as correctly spelling consonant blends and digraphs. Vocabulary is developed in a word conscious environment in which children and adults notice and discuss words. Students also learn targeted vocabulary as well as word-learning strategies.
Grammar: ****info below

Writing Workshop
This predictable structure provides a supportive environment in which new learning takes place. The workshop begins with a 10-15 minute “minilesson” in which the teacher introduces and explicitly teaches skills and strategies related to the unit of study. Students then move to independent writing time. During this time, teachers pull students 1:1 or in small groups providing individualized instruction. The workshop closes with a share of new learning, either whole class or with peers.

Curriculum Resources:
Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction (Edition 5 by Donald Bear, Marcia Invernizzi, Shane Templeton, Francine Johnston)
The Power of Grammar (Ehrenworth and Vinton)
More Prefixes and Suffixes: Teaching Vocabulary to Improve Reading
Comprehension (Trisha Callella)

Instructional Support Software:
Compass Learning
Waggle™

Kindergarten students see a specialized credentialed science teacher throughout the year.  These sessions are comprised of hands-on lab work and additional instruction in several multi-week units that are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Units of Study
• Water, Water Everywhere
• Weather
• Ecosystems and Ponds
• Forces

Curriculum Resources:
Macmillan/Mc-Graw Hill textbooks

Instructional Software Support:
Interactive Textbook consumables
BrainPOP Animated videos
National Geographic videos, Discovery videos

The stories of ordinary and extraordinary people help describe the range and continuity of human experience and introduce the concepts of courage, self-control, justice, heroism, leadership, deliberation, and individual responsibility. Historical empathy for how people lived and worked long ago reinforces the concept of civic behavior: how we interact respectfully with each other, following rules, and respecting the rights of others.
Students recognize national and state symbols and icons such as the national and state flags, the bald eagle, and the Statue of Liberty.

Curriculum Resources:

Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, California Communities

Spanish is in the Enrichment Wheel and takes place twice per week for 12 weeks.   This class is designed to expose students to the Spanish language, which will enable them to move more quickly and confidently through the foundational elements of the middle school Spanish program should they elect to take Spanish at this level.

TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) is the primary method used with K-5 students. TPRS involves a mixture of reading and storytelling activities, which exposes students to the most high frequency vocabulary and grammar used in the Spanish language. The course also employs the TPR (Total Physical Response) method, which uses songs, interactive activities, writing, and the combination of language and physical movement to teach vocabulary, expressions and culture.

 

The Wheel
Students in grades K-5 participate in a wide range of enrichment activities throughout the year by way of a rotation called the “Elective Wheel” comprised of art, computer technology, drama, music, and Spanish.  Each student has two sessions per week and progresses through a six-week rotation in each of the enrichment disciplines.

Kindergarten students receive physical education instruction concentrating on development of eye-hand coordination, fine and gross motor skills, and ability to cooperate/participate in organized games by a P.E. specialist each week.  All Kindergarten PE students also participate in the Brain Gym program.

Units of Study
•    Movement Concepts
•    Body Management
•    Locomotor Movement
•    Manipulative Skills
•    Rhythmic Skills
•    Fitness Concepts
•    Aerobic Capacity
•    Muscular Strength/Endurance
•    Flexibility
•    Body Composition
•    Assessment
•    Self-Responsibility
•    Social Interaction
•    Group Dynamics

Curriculum Resources:
http://www.sparkpe.org/
http://www.braingym.org/

Kindergarten students receive music instruction as a component of the Elective Wheel (see below).  They are also encouraged to participate in the K-3 Choir outside of school hours- more info at Arts Home.

The Wheel
Students in grades K-5 participate in a wide range of enrichment activities throughout the year by way of a rotation called the “Elective Wheel” comprised of art, computer technology, drama, music, and Spanish.  Each student has two sessions per week and progresses through a six-week rotation in each of the enrichment disciplines.

Kindergarten students receive drama instruction as a component of the Enrichment Wheel (see below).  They are also encouraged to participate in the Jr. Theater program outside of school hours- more info at Arts Home.

The Wheel
Students in grades K-5 participate in a wide range of enrichment activities throughout the year by way of a rotation called the “Elective Wheel” comprised of art, computer technology, drama, music, and Spanish.  Each student has two sessions per week and progresses through a six-week rotation in each of the enrichment disciplines.

Kindergarten students receive computer technology instruction as a component of the Enrichment Wheel (see below).

The Wheel
Students in grades K-5 participate in a wide range of enrichment activities throughout the year by way of a rotation called the “Elective Wheel” comprised of art, computer technology, drama, music, and Spanish.  Each student has two sessions per week and progresses through a six-week rotation in each of the enrichment disciplines.

Kindergarten students receive art instruction as a component of the Enrichment Wheel (see below).

The Wheel
Students in grades K-5 participate in a wide range of enrichment activities throughout the year by way of a rotation called the “Elective Wheel” comprised of art, computer technology, drama, music, and Spanish.  Each student has two sessions per week and progresses through a six-week rotation in each of the enrichment disciplines.

Faculty

Phone: 858-756-1141