Kindergarten

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Kindergarten is taught in self-contained classrooms. Students are taught by two teachers: an experienced Lead Teacher and a Teaching Fellow, who has at least a bachelor's degree and aspires to become a Lead Teacher.

Kindergarten lays the foundation for success in school during the years to come. This is success is based not only on the acquisition of foundational concepts and skills, but also on the adoption of scholarly habits and the immersion in a culture which values learning above all other endeavors.

Please read the curriculum overview to further understand the different content covered in each discipline in Kindergarten.

Teaching Model and Philosophy

Kindergarten Teaching Model

To ensure superior instruction and consistent support throughout this developmentally crucial year, we have two teachers in each classroom in kindergarten. With deep knowledge of pedagogical techniques, our teachers provide consistency in individual expectations, helping students understand their schedule and goals.

During any one class period, these two teaching professionals work together to find the best ways to deliver lessons, ensure student engagement, and create an environment where students will best understand and retain what they learn in class.

Kindergarten Curriculum Detail

Every day, students in our program enjoy an enrichment curriculum that builds upon the academic foundations of the morning courses. Teachers plan hands-on, creative, and artistic ways to build on students’ learning using the concepts taught in the morning, and reinforce this knowledge through art, centers, music, and other creative outlets.

Language and Literacy

Our kindergarten program begins with the foundations of phonics, whole language, writing, and grammar; we build on these foundations with strategies to develop a love for reading and writing. Our teachers use many tools when teaching these vital concepts through small group centers, whole class activities, songs, dances, rhymes, reading, and more.

Civics, History, and Science

Kindergarten in the BASIS Curriculum instills an overarching interest in social studies and science quite early. We familiarize students with key topics that are reintroduced at a deeper level later in the BASIS Curriculum journey. Students investigate regions of the world and the peoples in it. Each week, students improve these foundations using a variety of sources, virtual field trips, study centers, hands-on experiments, and more.

Math

Saxon Math teaches a wide array of math skills, and these concepts are revisited in each successive year for a fully spiraled curriculum from kindergarten through high school. BASIS Curriculum kindergarten students complete "Saxon Math 1," mastering basic mathematical concepts and processes such as patterns, money, times and dates, basic geometry, word problems, skip counting, and more.

Movement

Students receive excellent practice in building fine and gross motor skills, improving the foundations of coordination, good sportsmanship, sports and game play, teamwork, and healthy habits.

Engineering and Technology

Students investigate, innovate, build, and use natural and man-made materials to explore technology and engineering concepts. Using engineering processes, students discover new ways to view problems and find solutions.

Mandarin

Learning Mandarin provides students with the opportunity to engage both sides of their brains. Since Mandarin is a tonal language, students learn to attend to both the basic sound of a word as well as the tone in which it is spoken. Additionally, Mandarin’s use of written characters for each word rather than an alphabet provides students with visual and artistic stimulation.

Art

This course is taught thematically, exploring how artists and learners respond to the concepts of communication, community, movement, technology, and self. Students paint, draw, sculpt, and create while making cross-cultural connections, establishing an appreciation for the arts, and developing fine motor skills.

Performance Arts, Visual Arts, and Music

Students express themselves artistically with guidance from teachers in the fields of drama, art, and music. These subjects are each taught once weekly by teachers who cultivate our young students’ creativity and encourage them to think about art, its meaning, and its processes.