The Hamilton School District kindergarten program emphasizes developmentally appropriate activities which address the individual needs and differences of each student. Children will be engaged in meaningful experiences through an interactive learning environment that promotes a love of learning.
Assessment of student learning is based on evaluations of student work products, classroom and district assessments and teacher observations. The assessments provide parents and teachers with measures of the child’s progress in reading, writing, mathematics, speaking and listening, art and music, large and fine motor development, social emotional development and development of work habits.
Parent/teacher conferences provide an opportunity for you to review assessments and discuss your child’s progress with his/her teacher. You will also receive a written progress report in January and June that will summarize your child’s learning. Discussing your child’s work products with him or her is another excellent opportunity to stay in touch with what your child is learning in school.
Your child will:
- understand and select different skills and strategies to read including:
- activating background knowledge and making predictions
- using pictures to understand the story
- recognizing concepts of print
- identifying patterns in stories
- developing phonemic awareness by listening for and identifying beginning and ending sounds of words
- identifying rhyming elements of words and phrases
- listen and become aware of language patterns and word meanings
- retell information orally
- draw simple conclusions based on materials read to them
- relate story content to personal experiences
Kindergarten writing experiences begin with teacher modeling and move toward students writing independently. Your child will work toward the following writing goals:
- write a two to three word sentence with matching picture
- include the beginning and ending sounds of words—vowels may be missing
- know that a sentence begins with a capital letter and ends with punctuation
- include space between words
- write words that others can read
Your child will:
- identify six basic shapes
- demonstrate one-to-one correspondence by counting objects to 30
- count up to 115
- count back from 20 to 0
- count by 2s, 5s and 10s
- count by 1s beginning at a number other than 1
- recognize numerals 0-50
- write numerals 0-50
- make and continue 3-part (ABC) patterns
- mentally add numbers up to 5
- mentally subtract numbers up to 5
- add numbers through 10 with manipulatives
- subtract numbers through 10 with manipulatives
Speaking and listening
Your child will:
- communicate ideas and experiences to children and adults in small and large groups
- listen attentively without interrupting
- understand and follow directions
Other content area experiences
- Social Studies: explore self, family, school
- Science: explore body systems, nature, rainbows, light and color
- Fitness Education
- Technology: have exposure to word processing, graphics and teacher selected internet sites
- Work habits – play cooperatively, follow rules and routinew, make appropriate choices, stay on task and complete activities, work independently, use appropriate words to express feelings
- Growth mindset & goal-setting – Students learn how to develop a growth mindset and apply research-based goal-setting strategies to their social and academic lives. This unit’s content helps create classrooms that are connected and encouraging by helping students set and achieve collective and personal goals and learn from challenges and mistakes.
- Emotion management – Students learn how to build their emotion vocabularies, practice identifying their own and others’ emotions, and recognize the importance of labeling and processing their emotions. This unit’s content helps students understand and explore how past experiences as well as unique perspectives influence how they feel and respond to situations.
- Empathy & kindness – Students learn how to recognize kindness and act kindly toward others, and how to develop empathy by learning strategies to take others’ perspectives. This unit’s content helps students understand others’ points of view.
- Problem-solving – Students learn how to process strong emotions, describe a problem, identify the wants and needs of others, think of and explore the outcomes of potential solutions, and pick the best solution. This unit’s content helps students ask, listen, and empathize with all parties involved during problem-solving.
Students participate in classroom guidance activities facilitated by a school counselor. Each school provides a developmental guidance curriculum that encompasses dealing with feelings, protective behaviors and career awareness. Skills taught will assist children in their academic, emotional and social development. This in turn, will help ensure success in school, at home and in the community.