The Hamilton School District believes that children learn best when there is a strong partnership between home and school. Working together we create optimum learning experiences for children. We hope this curriculum guide will assist you in supporting your child’s learning. Please contact the classroom teacher if you have questions or would like more information about what your child will be learning in four-year-old kindergarten.
The Hamilton School District kindergarten program for four-year-olds 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.
Four-year-old kindergarten assessments are based on evaluations of student work products, teacher observations and classroom assessments. The assessments provide parents and teachers with measures of student progress in the following areas: social/emotional development, language development, mathematics development, fine and large motor development and 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 have access to an electronic report card 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.
The four-year-old kindergarten program is comprised of five important curricular areas. The primary focus will be on social and emotional growth which will be interwoven throughout all curriculum areas. The curricular areas include development in language arts, mathematics, fine motor skills, large motor skills and work habits. Each area will be addressed through daily learning experiences which integrate science, social studies, art, music and health activities.
Students will work on developing social and emotional skills throughout the school day. Through interactions with peers and adults, the students will work on skills such as sharing, taking turns, cooperation, collaboration, and developing self-control. Students are provided opportunities to work on their social skills during learning centers as well as in the gym, the large group play area, and the outdoor play area. Interactions and activities will assist children in developing positive self-esteem and the desire to learn.
Language arts development
Language arts is at the center of four-year-old kindergarten curriculum. The classroom provides a print-rich environment that invites students to explore and appreciate letters, words and books. Students will be engaged in a variety of literacy activities throughout the school day including listening to and looking at books, noticing print in the environment, reciting rhymes, singing songs, and responding to a book or a poem. The students will develop their knowledge of concepts of print including naming letters and letter sounds. They will also develop writing skills as they begin to apply what they know about letters and sounds. It is through these activities that students learn that reading and writing are useful and meaningful ways to communicate.
Mathematics concepts are taught throughout the day using real world applications. Children participate in calendar routines, as well as graphing and counting activities. The focus for developing mathematics includes: identifying basic shapes, identifying numbers 0-10, understanding one-to-one correspondence, rote counting to 30, recognizing patterns and writing numbers 0-10.
Fine motor development
Children will be provided with opportunities to develop small muscle skills. Activities necessary in the development of small muscle skills include cutting, zipping, using pencils and crayons, building with blocks and assembling puzzles. A variety of small manipulatives are available throughout the classroom for the children to explore and use.
Large motor development
Activities that develop large muscle development include running, skipping, hopping, jumping, balancing and throwing. Children will practice these skills in the large group area, gym and outdoors (weather permitting).
Positive work habits are an important component in a child’s learning. Students will develop positive work habits such as following directions, staying on task, cleaning up and listening.