Our Kindergarten program emphasizes reading, writing, math, science, computers, and social studies. It is also the time when we focus on responsibility. Children will have usually turned five before entering the program although some may turn five shortly after starting.
Kindergartners have the most structured routine of all the age groups in the school. The children work on projects, read books, listen to stories, complete worksheets and collaborate on assignments in each of the subject areas listed above. Instead of taking a nap, children have a quite time where they can participate in a activity of their choice; many choose to read a book or work on an art project at their desk.
The materials and lessons for the class are mostly provided by the A Beka curriculum, however the teacher will supplement or adapt the lessons based on the needs and abilities of the students. We find that children who have attended First Steps Academy for a couple years, tend to be at least one year ahead of similar aged children by the time they leave us to enter the public schools in the area.
Students participate in the following weekly specialty classes:
Kindergarten is the first classroom where the children have their own desks and keep track of their own supplies. They also have responsibility for caring for our school pet, Hop, by cleaning his cage each week and they are proud to fulfill the duties of their weekly assigned jobs (door holder, weather helper, line leader, etc...)
Kindergartners also participate in monthly field trips to places like the Natural History Museum, Cox Farm and local playgrounds. For a longer list of places we enjoy visiting, consult our field trips page.
A typical day in the life of a Kindergartner:
|6:45am - 9:00am||Drop-off||1:30pm - 2:30pm||Afternoon Academics|
|8:30am - 9:00am||Breakfast||2:30pm - 3:00pm||Recess|
|9:00am - 11:00am||Morning Academics||3:00pm - 3:30pm||Afternoon Snack|
|12:00pm - 12:30pm||Recess||3:30pm - 6:15pm||Afternoon Activities|
|12:30pm - 1:00pm||Lunch||5:00pm - 5:15pm||Evening Snack|
|1:00pm - 1:30pm||Quiet Time||3:00pm - 6:15pm||Pick-Up|
We recognize the great trust it requires to place your child in the care of another person. To help provide your family the best possible experience:
In the final analysis it is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.