Kindergarten 5

Language Arts

The Language Arts program provides instruction in reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, phonics, vocabulary, handwriting and the structure of language. Instruction is carried out in a whole class setting, in small groups and on an individual basis where appropriate. A variety of methods and materials are used to teach basic skills, extend thinking and promote and refine the language development of our students.

A wide range of techniques and methods emphasizing literature are used to teach Language Arts. Commercially produced materials are utilized in conjunction with teacher and student made materials to teach and develop skills appropriate to the age and development of each child.

Students learn, develop and refine their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills through practice with their teacher and via peer support. A literature based approach to teaching exposes students to great works of children’s literature, promoting critical reading, thinking and discussion skills as a love of reading is fostered.

Reading

Through our literature based approach to teaching and learning our Kindergarten students are exposed to the written word to develop their literacy and readings skills.

By the end of Kindergarten 5 it is anticipated that our students will be able to:

  • identify character, setting conflict and solutions
  • match and write upper and lower case letters
  • identify rhyming sounds and words
  • sort and classify pictures and objects into categories
  • retell and organize a familiar story into sequence
  • show interest in books and stories
  • recognize and read their first and last names and simple vocabulary
  • understand concepts of print including left to right progression and top to bottom orientation using pictures, objects or text

Writing and Handwriting

By the end of the school year Kindergarten 5 students will be able to:

  • attach meaning to pictures via print
  • hear and record sounds in words
  • practice writing by copying print
  • legibly form upper and lower case manuscript letters
  • legibly form the numerals 0 – 20
  • use inventive spelling

Speaking and Listening

During the school year our students will be encouraged to:

  • express ideas clearly
  • make relevant contributions to group discussions
  • participate in the interpretation of literature through art and music
  • understand how to take turns in conversational situations
  • legibly form the numerals 0 – 20
  • tell a story to describe their drawings

Fine Motor Development

By the end of Kindergarten 5 it is anticipated that our students will be able to:

  • demonstrate motor skills including cutting, gluing, trading, coloring and folding
  • demonstrate self-help skills including dressing, zipping, buttoning, tying and snapping
  • demonstrate pencil control

Math

The learning of Math is an active process. Manipulatives are used to connect conception to procedural understanding.

  • demonstrate an understanding of sets and whole numbers
  • measure and compare the length, weight, mass, capacity and temperature of objects and demonstrate an awareness of the passage of time
  • identify the characteristics of two dimensional shapes and three dimensional objects
  • recognize and use patterns
  • collect, display and interpret data in daily activities
  • show a willingness to persevere in solving problems
  • identify a clock as a means of measuring time

Social Studies and Social Development

Social Studies concepts and skills are developed throughout the elementary school years in an ever-broadening perspective. In Kindergarten 5 emphasis is placed on understanding the role of individuals within the family, school and community.

Map and globe skills are introduced as the student begins to understand how groups of people interrelate and depend on each other. Current events and important national, international holidays and celebrations are discussed.

By the end of Kindergarten 5 students are expected to be able to:

  • show an individual awareness of self as a member of the family and community
  • name and understand the role of community helpers
  • show awareness of different cultures
  • play and work co-operatively
  • respect themselves, others and the environment
  • share and take turns
  • seek appropriate amounts of adult attention
  • follow classroom rules
  • accept the roles of leaders and followers
  • display self-control
  • accept responsibility for behavior and work
  • make good decisions

Science

The Science program is presented as active, hands on subject.

By the end of the school year students are expected to be able to:

  • demonstrate curiosity and a willingness to explore and experiment
  • demonstrate an understanding of and care for the natural world
  • demonstrate an awareness of the characteristics and functions of some common materials
  • demonstrate an understanding of strategies for planning and organizing
  • recognize and use some common forms of technology

Albanian

  • Curriculum needs to be added

Art

From the time young children are making marks with a pencil or crayon, they are using some of the elements of design. The elements (color, shape, line, texture, space, value, and form) comprise the basic language of visual art. The elements are obvious in the natural environment and they are used alone or together to create human constructions. It is the context in which we use these elements that creates meaning.

By the end of the year, students should be able to:

  • Students will be expected to explore, challenge, develop, and express ideas, using the skills, language, techniques, and processes of the arts.
  • explore a range of art materials, techniques, and vocabulary to develop art making skills
  • apply one or more of the elements and principles of design in creating artwork based on the senses and imagination
  • create art for a variety of purposes and recognize there are many kinds of visual art
  • choose, display, and talk about work from their portfolio
  • collaborate during the art making process
  • investigate how visual art is used at home, school, and in the community

Theatre

Theater arts are an important part of the lives of all students and the community. Our program is designed to prom apply one or more of the elements and principles of design in creating artwork based on the senses and imagination ote the development of the individual’s need for dramatic self-expression. The program strives to develop the ability to appreciate the role theater arts plays in the improvement of the quality of our lives. Exposure to and appreciation of theater traditions from western and non-western regions and cultures is fundamental to our philosophy. Our department recognizes and benefits from the great variety of cultures represented at ASK.

Physical Education

While children at this level vary in maturity across all movement skills, they should demonstrate continuous improvement in movement under very simple conditions. While developing fundamental skill patterns, students begin to learn key movement concepts that help them perform in a variety of educational games and activities.. They learn how their bodies react to vigorous physical activity. Students learn to use safe practices, cooperate with and respect others, and follow classroom rules. Experiences in physical education help them develop a positive attitude for leading a healthy, active lifestyle.

By the end of the school year, students should be able to:

  • Balance on one, two, three, four, and five body parts.
  • Balance while walking forward and sideways on a narrow, elevated surface.
  • The student will participate for short periods of time in moderate-to-vigorous physical activities that cause an increase in heart rate, breathing rate, and body temperature.
  • Demonstrate the relationship of under, over, behind, next to, through, right, left, up, down, forward, backward, and in front of by using the body and an object.
  • Strike a stationary ball or balloon with the hands, arms, and feet.
  • Bounce a ball continuously, using two hands.
  • Identify the point of contact for kicking a ball in a straight line.
  • Hang from overhead bars for increasing periods of time.
  • Stretch shoulders, legs, arms, and back without bouncing.
  • The student will explain why physical activity is good for health.