As KLA students throughout the KLA Schools network enter Kindergarten, we constantly look to connect oral and written language in ways that are meaningful to the children. We want to foster a love for literacy that will remain in them for years to come, and to support their understanding of its purpose in their daily lives.
Early in the year, kindergartners typically develop and strengthen their knowledge of letters. They name them, recognize and write them in both upper and lowercase. By the end of the year, most children will be able to read CVC words and frequently used words (sight words) and the names of their classmates, as well as simple sentences. Stories are often read during our Kindergarten’s daily flow. A rich collection of children’s literature with big, illustrated books, songs, and poems are used to support students in recognizing words that occur frequently.
In addition, numbers are a constant presence in a kindergartner’s life and learning process. This is why our environment is enhanced with tools and materials that support the natural development of math skills. Children see the relationships that numbers have to one another; they understand how numbers are put together and taken apart, and they have an intuitive sense about the number system.
KLA classrooms are not only about math and literacy, however, and so our children are introduced to the process of scientific inquiry. We believe that kindergartners are natural explorers who learn by taking part in meaningful life experiences, by inquiring, asking questions, inventing and through social interaction. Our classroom is filled with provocations that give children opportunities to experiment, giving them the tools to become confident creative thinkers and problem solvers.
Finally, our Kindergartners are ready to expand their views beyond their home and classroom environments to their general context and surroundings. As a result, with us they learn more about the rules that help people get along with each other, and begin to form opinions on issues while understanding that others may have different points of view. Children learn to identify roles and responsibilities in their environment. They develop an understanding of their roles as members of a community. They receive regular exposure to physical activity, music, art, technology, and foreign language. And they will begin to participate in individual and team sports,