Welcome to Kindergarten!
*Please click on our individual bios to read about the kindergarten teachers*
It is our belief that children have already done critical cognitive work toward literacy and mathematical conceptualization during the years from birth to age five. we believe that you and your child already authorities on how your child learns. Our curriculum reflects not only the above, but our shared beliefs about how kindergarten children learn. With all this in mind, we believe we can work together to accomplish intellectual, emotional and social growth to the fullest extent possible.
Children learn best:
*when learning is functional and meaningful
*by doing
*when they can make choices
*when they are in a non-competitive community of learners 
*when they are in a social environment
*when their most significant family members are a viable part of the school community
Adapted from the book Joyful Learning, by Bobbi Fischer, Portsmouth, NH 1991
Mathematical Understanding
Children in Kindergarten will be encouraged to:
*count objects and understand one-to-one correspondence
*count, recognize, write and sequence numbers to 50
*count by 2's, 5's, and 10's
*understand relationships between numbers: 1more, 1 less
*understand calendar concepts: days, months, seasons
*sort and classify objects by size, color and kind
*identify basic geometric shapes: circle, square, triangle, rectangle,
*understand simple graphs
*conserve number: recognize that quantity remains the same shape regardless of shape
*measure with standard and non standard measuring tools
*know which tools are used to measure length, temperature, weight, and time
*tell time to the hour
*find and name locations with simple relationships:near, far, above, below, next to
*recognize, identify and create repeating patterns
*know names of penny, nickel, and dime
*understand concepts of addition and subtraction up to 10
*solve problems logically and thoughtfully
Integrated Studies
Children in Kindergarten will be encouraged to:
*learn that s/he is a member of a variety of groups, such as family and school
*learn that each human being has a right to be respected
*learn that within the world there are different cultures, and that each culture has its own customs, traditions, and modes of living
* recognize ways people rely on each other within a community
*use scientific methods of inquiry ( questions, observe, predict, draw conclusions, experiment)
*have experience with technology ( such as computers, tape recorders, telephones)
*explore the five senses and  human characteristics
*explore concepts of the earth and the environment ( seasons, conservation, time, weather)
*explore our living world ( winter adaption, life cycles)
*recognize the interdependence within systems that support life
*explore the physical properties of matter
Integration of Technology
Children in kindergarten will be encouraged to:
*have experience with computers and multimedia
*understand that computers are tools for learning
*explore and learn some functions of the keyboard
*use computers responsibly
*learn simple technological skills that are part of "making it work"
Social, Emotional, & Personal Growth & Work Skills
Children in kindergarten will be encouraged to:
*work independently and in groups
*show respect for others
*assume responsibility for their own actions
*demonstrate self confidence
*demonstrate self discipline
*relate to others in a positive manner
*be responsible and cooperative
*be attentive and stay on task
*attend to personal needs
*take care of materials
*listen to and follow directions
*participate in classroom activities and discussions
*take an interest in learning
*practice safe behaviors in social and school situations
*take initiative: make appropriate choices
*take risks and accept challenges which extend learning
*produce high quality work
*present  knowledge
*communicate appropriately and contribute positively
*persevere; complete work and return to task