Lucy Calkin's Units of Study in Phonics, Reading, and Writing Workshops begin in kindergarten. Kindergartners establish their identities as readers while building foundational skills, such as concepts of print, phonemic awareness, phonics, and the use of story language to support their reading. They learn strategies that help them search for meaning, use picture clues, work on fluency, and communicate meaning. Kindergarten students use pictures, letters, and words to write a variety of stories such as true stories, how-to, persuasive, and personal narratives. Throughout the year, students have opportunities to share their favorite stories and celebrate their growth as readers and writers.
Whole numbers to 30; (+) and (-) numbers using objects; skip counting by 5, 10 and 100; conceptualize days of the week; visualize two and three-dimensional shapes; sort by color, shape, and size; visually represent data; identify coins; use objects to learn about measurement
In the classroom and the science lab, kindergarten students explore senses, day and night, energy (sound and light), matter, weather, motion, magnets, and rocks. They learn the characteristics of living vs. nonliving things.
How can we be good citizens? What does our world look like? Students ask these questions as they problem solve, measure time, discover the classroom community, and look to leaders in the world community. Listening and discussion skills, cooperation, and participation are emphasized. Students draw and write personal interpretations and make connections to new ideas.
Kindergarten students are introduced to a variety of media: pastels, watercolor, tempera paints, and collage. Working in both realistic and abstract styles, projects include landscapes, portraits, still lifes, and abstraction. Artists introduced include Matisse, Cezanne, and Charles Demuth. Concepts such as the color wheel, symbolism in art, composition, and visual perspective are explored.
Students begin visual coding and are introduced to sequencing and debugging. They explore digital art by creating images for their class projects. In the lab, they discover the home row of keys for keyboarding. Kindergarten students learn to embrace mistakes and explore technology bravely.
Kindergartners further discover the pleasure of reading. As they engage with books, they learn about the library and library skills. Students study various picture book authors and illustrators and contrast and compare their styles.
Physical education classes embody sequenced and developmentally appropriate games, fitness, sports, and a health curriculum. Kindergarten students practice motor skills, rhythms, spacial awareness, yoga, dance, balance, eye-hand and eye-foot skills. They work in groups to learn cooperation and sharing, and individually to gain confidence and self esteem.
Basic-level dance skills are introduced including skips, chassés, jetés, and turns. Students are exposed to a variety of styles in dance, such as jazz, hip hop, musical theater, and yoga.
Kindergarten music is an exploration of basic music fundamentals. Note and rest recognition, basic keyboard skills, playing agogo drums and classroom rhythm instruments, body movement, listening to music, and identifying instruments of the orchestra are all part of the music curriculum. Students also learn to sing a myriad of age-appropriate songs.