With a six-hour program from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m, and an optional extended day until 3:30 p.m., Bancroft’s Kindergarten is designed to lay a strong foundation for a love of learning and an excitement toward school. Through both teacher-directed and self-directed activities, the social, emotional, creative, and intellectual growth of each child is encouraged. Building a strong community in which the children are comfortable taking risks and in which they appreciate, and feel appreciated by their peers lays the groundwork for their years ahead.
Kindergarten students have library classes once each week and physical education two times each week. They have recess and story time each day, as well as a mid-morning snack. They meet with their buddies in fourth grade and in Middle School on a regular basis. All kindergarten children bring their lunch to school, which they eat in the classroom with their teachers and with the children from Pre-K.
During their kindergarten year it is intended that the children develop not only a strong foundation for learning, but a strong sense of community as well, both of which will continue to be nurtured throughout their years here at Bancroft. It is also intended that the kindergarten classroom be an active, fun place to be, just like the five and six year olds who inhabit it!
Click on the subjects below for a summary of the Kindergarten curriculum.
Literacy in the Kindergarten is based upon a multi-sensory approach to learning. Fountas and Pinnell Phonics and our Letter of the Week are used as a foundation for formal word study through letter sounds, decoding, encoding, and letter formation.
Reading Workshop and our weekly poems are used to inspire increased literacy and fluency. Writing Workshop and Journals, combined with sentence and story starters, lay the foundation for written expression.
Our Author of the Month and daily story time are designed to maintain and/or instill in each child a love of literature, as well as a realization that both pleasure and information may be derived from the written word. Our daily discussions and meeting times stimulate the development of skills in forming and expressing ideas and opinions, while providing a forum for listening and respecting the opinions of others.
Treasure Box, our version of Show and Tell, promotes problem solving while providing children with the opportunity to practice asking and answering questions.
Building a foundation for learning to read, write, and express oneself is the goal of the Literacy program in Kindergarten.
Math In Focus is at the core of our mathematics curriculum. It draws on best practices and highlights problem solving as the focus of mathematical learning. It affords learners the opportunity to engage in model drawing experiences, which tap into their visual-spatial and reasoning strengths. Math In Focus supports a deeper level of understanding and eases the journey into higher levels of math. We help learners develop a positive attitude toward math, build the confidence to persevere, and develop the ability to monitor their own thinking.
Science, Social Studies, and Art are integrated through monthly Central Subject units intended to encourage students' awareness of themselves and the world around them.
Central Subjects include the study of the human body, nutrition, plant and animal life, and holidays and cultures around the world. Interwoven throughout all aspects of the curriculum is the Kindergarten's character theme of friendship, as well as the Lower School's theme of sustainability.
Children go to music class once a week, where singing games revolve around the daily routines of the children, the weather, and nature. Listening skills are enhanced as we develop the ability to match pitch and keep a steady beat.
The forty-five minute class is broken up into three parts that include reading a story, locating and checking out books, and completing an extension activity. Highlights of the school year include sharing Caldecott Award winning books, learning the location of specific materials, acquiring a basic vocabulary of literary terms, and becoming comfortable with exploring the library and its materials.
At this level, there is a concentration of motor skill development, movement exploration, group involvement and physical activity. The program is designed to help the children grow with confidence and self-esteem, while learning about various movement concepts and skills. Basic locomotor patterns (running, skipping, hopping, jumping, galloping, sliding) manipulative patterns (throwing, catching, striking, kicking) and body / spatial awareness concepts (balance, shapes, directions, speed, levels) are all experienced during these years. The emphasis is on participation and involvement, not competition.