Kindergarten at Chapin follows the natural curiosities of children at this age to form the basis for inquiry and study throughout the year. With field trips to the Aquarium and Hamilton’s Grounds for Sculpture, children use the world around them to construct meaning and apply emergent skills.
The main business of
kindergarten, however, is learning to read. Through traditional phonics
instruction, as well as guided reading practices, children learn sight
words, phonetic decoding and the conventions of reading in small
instructional groups. Basic math concepts are conveyed through calendar
activities called the daily “Number Corner” along with hands-on math
games, manipulatives and paper and pencil tasks. Math in focus, a
Singapore Math inspired program, is the main component of the
Kindergarten math program.
Kindergarten classrooms boast high ceilings, natural light and organization that is child-centered, giving students ownership of their space and of their learning. Class size is no larger than 14 students and there are additional teachers for math and language arts instruction. For co-curricular classes such as physical education, art, music, library and for Spanish, students use the school’s full-size gymnasium, library, art studio and various other spaces.
Kindergarten is a year of wonder and excitement as children evolve to
see themselves as part of a wonderful community of learners.