In Kindergarten, students continue their growth in mastering the building blocks of learning. We guide students through this exciting period of growth by providing a rich curriculum and individualized attention.
Our units of study in Kindergarten include: Friendship and Community, Night, Families, Tropical Rainforests, Farms Around the World, and various classroom themes reflecting the interests of students.
In Kindergarten we work on the following skills:
Reading and writing
Developing personal responsibility
Developing a love of books
Participating in class discussions and morning meetings
Click on an item below to see a summary of Kindergarten work in that subject area. Please note: Each subject includes a guiding question or questions, some of the topics we address in that area, and an overview of some of the skills we work to build through this subject.
Topics of Study: Speaking and listening in a group • Fiction • Nonfiction • Poetry • Songs • Read-Alouds • Shared reading and writing • Environmental print • Upper and lower case letter recognition and formation • Sound/symbol relationships • Reading strategies of syntax, semantics, and phonological awareness
Skills We Teach: Phonemic awareness • Letter skills • Concepts about print • Listening skills • Beginning punctuation • Recognizing and writing high-frequency words • Recognizing common word families • Comprehending meaning of text • Book handling • Writing for communication • Participating in discussions
Topics of Study: Night Magic • Singing by myself and with others • Farming • The Nutcracker • Playing accompaniment patterns on Orff Instruments • Folk Dances from around the world, • Performing for others • Being a good audience member • Putting on a show • Singing with Grade 5 buddies • Singing at a senior center
Skills We Teach: Singing tunefully • Performing rhythm patterns accurately while keeping a steady beat • Moving to a beat • Making up simple melodies • Pre-music literacy skills • Playing musical instruments
How do I control movement through space? How do I play fairly?
Topics of Study: Community building games • Spatial awareness • Building positive relationships • What is fairness • Traveling through space concepts • Cooperation • Nutrition and healthy eating • Night magic • Soccer • Tee-ball • Tennis • Being a kind and respectful group member
Skills We Teach: Following directions • Sharing equipment • Galloping • Sliding • Jogging • Running • Jumping • Hopping and landing • Leaping • Balancing • Rolling • Climbing • Transferring weight • Tossing and catching • Striking • Dribbling • Kicking • Volleying • Tumbling
Topics of Study: Class routines to establish community • Independent work and play time • Social learning • Character development • Conflict resolution • Class constitution
Skills We Teach: Connections to the class community • Safety, acceptance, and appreciation at school • Taking responsibility for learning and behavior • Managing social relations with cooperation, self-advocacy, and empathy • Appreciating peers and treating them respectfully • Working productively and supportively with partners or in groups • Reaching out to others at Nashoba Brooks School and beyond
How can I use Spanish words? How can I communicate when I do not understand the language being spoken? How can I communicate with and relate to someone who speaks Spanish?
Topics of Study: Introductions and basic conversation elements,• Colors • Communication • Family • Animals • Emotions • Holidays • Days of the week • Movement • Commands • Body parts
Skills We Teach: Pronunciation • Greetings and introductions • Ability to take risks • Using pictures or visual stimuli to communicate when language is not accessible • Basic Spanish vocabulary • Following directions • Mimicking and repeating sounds and words • Beginning to independently produce words in Spanish • Being a respectful and kind group member • Listening to and following directions • Following songs and melodies • Linking movement, sounds, and images with words
At Nashoba Brooks School, educational technology is meaningfully integrated into all content areas to enhance student learning.
Skills We Teach: Developing problem-solving skills • Taking risks • Using equipment respectfully • Building technology-related vocabulary • Opening and closing apps • Expanding on the development of iPad skills • Incorporating digital photography • Using Beebots to develop sequencing, planning, directionality, and early programming skills • Exploring the physical components of technology
How do materials and methods shape the artistic process? How do we make our own aesthetic choices?
Topics of Study: Self-portrait • Color • Shape • Texture • Form • Collage • Murals • Painting • Drawing • Sculpture • Clay • Sketchbooks
Skills We Teach: Mixing and handling paints • Working with scissors, glue, tape, and staplers • Mixing media • Developing a sense of time in working on longer projects • Developing well-balanced structures • Shaping and handling clay • Developing fine motor and listening skills • Learning to use the choice area • Learning appropriate studio behavior • Working collaboratively with peers • Visual thinking strategies
Our kindergartners spend their days interacting with teachers and classmates, learning about our community and the world around them, and building essential skills.