Kindergarten is a time to develop love, joy and excitement for the world. Emphasis is placed on learning to be caring, responsible members of the community. A daily schedule provides structure and routine, while community rules and responsibilities are reinforced through discussion and play. During the day, children have many opportunities to speak about events, listen to others and respect other’s opinions. Children learn how to warmly greet visitors in the classroom and clearly introduce themselves. On the playground, children practice peaceful conflict resolution through listening and language. Kindergarten children have “Big Friends” in sixth grade, which help them understand they are an important part of the whole school community.
The academic program is firmly based on the integration of all core subjects. This interdisciplinary approach encourages developmentally appropriate, hands-on experiences that develop critical thinking and logical problem solving skills. The academic program includes the study of language arts, math, science, social studies, foreign language, art, physical education and music. Kindergarten children perform twice a year on stage, during the Holiday Program and the Kindergarten class play. These activities help to foster confidence, independence and an appreciation for the arts.