Full Day Kindergarten at Buckingham Friends School
At Buckingham Friends School we prepare Kindergarten children for the challenges ahead, within the secure and nurturing environment of our 220-year-old school in the Quaker tradition.
We begin by helping students develop an awareness of the local and global communities to which they belong, then guiding them to recognize their place and responsibilities within those communities.
Next we turn our attention to the development of a well-rounded child, with experiences that encompass academic, social, physical, and creative exploration. Our academic objectives include teaching Reading and Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies, Library skills, and Language (French). Music, Art, Physical Education, and Wellness instruction are integral components of our comprehensive curriculum.
iPads are used as one tool among many that build skills appropriate and necessary for our children’s generation, including menu navigation, problem solving, discovery, and content area exploration. These skills are complemented by the equally important ability to properly grasp a pencil, page through books, and manipulate blocks and other manipulative materials.
The development of social skills is a key component of Kindergarten, and we devote particular attention to helping children acquire essential skills in a mindful approach to relationships, conflict resolution, and the maintenance of positive daily interactions with their peers. Our objective is to cultivate in your child a feeling of social and emotional well-being. To learn more about developmental readiness for Kindergarten, please click here: Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten?
- Global Citizenship
We do this by motivating children’s interests in the fascinating world around them, and using the tools of reading, writing, math, music and other subjects as a means of understanding that world.
- Learning Mathematical Practices
- Counting and Cardinality
- Number and Operations in Base Ten
- Operations and Algebraic Thinking
- Measurement and Data (e.g. time; money)
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- Recognizing Key Ideas and Details
- Craft and Structure
- Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
- Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
- Print Concepts
- Phonological Awareness
- Phonics and Word Recognition
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Writing, Speaking and Listening
- Texts, Types and Purposes
- Writing: Production and Distribution
- Writing: Research for Building and Presenting Knowledge
- Language: Conventions of Standard English
- Language: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
- Speaking/Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration
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Our 44-acre, wooded campus provides countless opportunities for exploratory journeys and discovery. Our units of study can vary each year. The focus of our current research includes:
- Seasons & Colors
- Birds, Worms, & Animal tracks
- Trees and Leaves
- Dinosaurs & Fossils
- The Rainforest
- Chemical reactions
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Here we learn to respect the worth and dignity of each person by exploring cultural, physical, and geographical differences. Learning to read maps and utilize the internet for research are important skills. We discover:
- Myself in Kindergarten
- My Community
- Life Skills
- Global Awareness
- Holidays & Famous People
- JEM* Program Countries
*Australia, China, Ecuador, France, Hawaii, India, Kenya and Russia are countries where BFS has sister-schools to which our Upper School students travel.
With a focus on accustoming each student’s ear to new sounds, native fluency, and teaching the joy of learning a new language and culture, Kindergarten students acquire language skills through songs, games, puppetry, flash cards, audiotapes, DVDs, skits, and stories. They learn greetings, classroom instructions, action verbs, and the essential vocabulary of daily life.
Our music program is designed to encourage a love for music through the exploration of sounds, rhythms, and singing, as well as learning to read basic notations through a variety of games and activities. Students perform on various percussion instruments, and compose their own works based on speech patterns and movement.
An integral component of the curriculum, physical education helps developing bodies learn movement skills and concepts, sportsmanship and the necessity of rules and safety, and the value of fitness. We also teach the importance of taking responsibility for ones actions, showing respect for oneself and for others, and the value of cooperation.
The Art experience encourages imagination, exploration and art awareness. Children examine shape, design and color in two- and three-dimensional materials. They study known artists for inspiration, working in clay, weaving, illustration, and multimedia compositions. As students learn to use various mediums of expression, their body movement and positioning develop fine and gross motor skills.
From 3:00pm – 5:45pm daily, children who need to remain after school gather in the former home of our benefactor, Jane Jackson, for snacks around the kitchen table and a chance to share the exciting stories of their day. They play under the watchful eye of our experienced staff, and may utilize the outdoor playground, indoor toys, crafts and games, or sit in the “quiet room” to read or do homework. We especially enjoy celebrating holidays together, and making special holiday crafts. See After School page for pricing information.
If you have questions regarding any aspect of our Kindergarten curriculum, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will be happy to respond.