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Senior Kindergarten Overview

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"George Wash-ing-ton, John A-dams, Tho-mas Jeff-erson … "

How many 5-year-olds do you know that can name all the U.S. presidents – in order? Just ask any SKer at Community, who will proudly sing you the Presidents Song.

Senior Kindergarten is an incredible year of cognitive growth for children. Their reading, writing, and processing skills blossom as they tackle harder work and, for the first time, homework! Responsibilities expand as well. Daily, students check out their own books from the classroom library to take home and read with their parents. They also regularly bring in “Current Events” that they’ve researched with their parents, and present them to the whole class. The students also keep journals to practice writing, spelling, and expressing their thoughts.

Studying China, celebrating “Hundred’s Day,” their first major dramatic production, writing letters to their grandparents, and beginning to read are all highlights of the Senior Kindergarten year. Teachers frequently read chapter books aloud to the class, with some favorites being Ramona the Pest and Charlotte’s Web. Students also begin participating in “family groupings” for the first time, and the SKers are very excited to get to interact with the older children. (Family groupings are cross-grade groups of students who regularly meet together to interact and do projects.) They begin classes with the woodshop and art teachers this year in the “big building,” which makes them feel very grown up.

This year abounds with special projects. All SK parents come in to do a parent activity with the children. These may range from teaching them fly fishing to setting up a miniature operating room to bringing in special guest speakers. A community service activity the children participate in is a field trip to Target to buy gifts for an “adopted” holiday family.

Literature/Language Arts

  • Develop sound/symbol relationships
  • Develop visual memory of letter formation and words
  • Demonstrate comprehension skills
  • Blend letter sounds
  • Use self-correction strategies
  • Use mental images to aid in text comprehension
  • Recognize and reproduce final consonant sounds
  • Listen to a variety of genres and chapter books
  • Recognize the difference between fiction and non-fiction
  • Recognize and form upper and lower case letters and numerals 1-10
  • Increase word analysis skills
  • Dictate stories and factual information on a topic

Mathematics

  • Begin Singapore Math program
  • Create sets of given numbers with concrete models
  • Use cardinal and ordinal numbers
  • Count forward and back from a given number
  • Skip count by 2s, 5s and 10s
  • Count and make coin combinations
  • Model joining and separating sets
  • Write number sentences for addition and subtraction
  • Describe and compare objects by position
  • Identify, describe, sort and classify 2D and 3D shapes
  • Name and order days and months
  • Compare durations of events
  • Organize data for picture graphs
  • Interpret data in tally charts and pictographs
  • Solve real-world addition and subtraction problems
  • Use models to explain reasoning
  • Understand connections between quantities and written numerals

Social Studies

  • Identify cultural universals and make comparisons
  • Further develop international/multicultural perspective through study of China
  • Recognize national and religious holidays and important ideas and customs
  • Sequence events to establish a sense of order and time
  • Participate in community outreach project(s) with corresponding field trips such as St. Patrick’s Center

Science

  • Identify and differentiate characteristics of living things
  • Investigate characteristics of dinosaurs
  • Experiment with simple tools
  • Experiment with objects and materials to gather information and observe reactions
  • Respect the physical environment and its conservation
  • Explore physical properties and characteristics, solve problems and represent observations of the physical and natural world
  • Develop critical thinking skills

Physical Education

  • Increase spatial awareness
  • Move while manipulating objects in a small space
  • Build fitness through cardiovascular running/locomotor warm-up
  • Perform rope climb
  • Run quarter mile cross country
  • Practice core exercises, pylometrics jumping and balance activities
  • Participate in Brain Gym and French/ P.E.
  • Perform four steps for overhand throwing
  • Follow instructor in tai chi and yoga
  • Walk labyrinth
  • Dribble ball while walking and running
  • Punt ball
  • Kick ball to a goal
  • Identify locomotor movements through drum beats
  • Create games with partners
  • Explore woods through nature walks
  • Climb and traverse
  • Jump rope;
  • Learn beginning stunts and tumbling

Performing Arts

Music

  • Reproduce a starting pitch
  • Name string instruments of orchestra by timbre, texture, dynamic level or tempo
  • Create a steady beat pattern of two or more movements
  • Reproduce a pattern of two or more movements
  • Reproduce or create dance movements
  • Name pieces of orchestral works from aural clues
  • Refine control of dynamic level and volumes of voice
  • Perform vocal solo in class
  • Follow representation of quarter and eighth notes
  • Recognize and observe quarter rest
  • Follow and read a chart for melodic direction
  • Recognize the terms forte, piano, solo, duet, trio and quartet

Drama

  • Recognize and practice enunciation and projection
  • Practice giving and taking focus
  • Learn tools of an actor (imagination, body, voice)
  • Practice expression of emotion
  • Learn elements of performing
  • Sequence story through interactive story telling
  • Develop acting terms of projection and enunciation
  • Perform Together We Will Build This House or The Strength We Do Not Know

Visual Arts

Studio Art

  • Understand concept of primary colors as the basis for mixing secondary colors
  • Produce texture with a variety of objects and materials
  • Create shapes with three dimensional space
  • Work with clay
  • Make drawing with varying lines
  • Assemble shapes in a collage format
  • Complete pictures using concept of formal symmetry
  • Use limited components to create new ideas

Woodshop

  • Understand and demonstrate safety guidelines in the woodshop
  • Develop hand-eye coordination
  • Work with hand tools
  • Prepare a work station
  • Self evaluate personal work
  • Use 12" ruler as a measuring device
  • Use a half round file as a shaping tool
  • Use a coping saw for cutting straight and curved lines
  • Use sandpaper for removing file marks and preparing surface for finish
  • Decorate projects