Kindergarten Curriculum

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  In McKinney we have a comprehensive Literacy
Program to ensure that all students become proficient
• Our five components of Reading are..
1.    Shared Reading
2.    Read -Alouds
3.    Independent Reading Time
4.    Working with Words
5.    Guided Reading: Groups will be determined by formal assessments such as DRA and
       I- Station results as well as informal observations performed while working with your
      Reading Homework:                              Technology Component:
     We ask that you read about 20                   Starfall and Tumble Books
     minutes each night with your
     child. We will discuss this further             Smart Board Programs and
     in our classrooms.
                                                           i-station lessons
• Stevenson           • These are both Phonics based
                        methods to aid in the teaching of
  Phonics               reading, spelling, writing, and other
• Spalding              language skills.
  Spelling            • As part of a whole language reading
                        approach. Not the only approach.

 • Phonemic awareness- letters, sound symbol correspondence
 • Letter formation – directionality-handwriting ( practice holding
   a pencil, small motor skills, neatness)
 • Mnemonics- Memory aiding tools, to teach vowel diagraphs,
   blends, etc. (Peanut Butter & Jelly and Layer Cake Words)
 • Word work
 • We will also begin sorting students by ability level and rotate
   among all Kindergarten teachers. This will be called “Word
   Busters” This will insure that ALL students are getting what they
   need in regards to Phonics / Language Arts.
             Main Topics We Cover              How We Teach Them
•   Attributes
•   Sets up to 20
•   Addition and Subtraction                   1. Tabor Rotations
•   Patterns                              •   Morning Calendar
•   Counting to 100 from any number and   •   Manipulatives
    counting backwards from 20
                                          •   Stations/Centers
•   Graphing and using data to answer
    questions                             •   Small Group Work
•   Calendar                              •   Tubs
•   Measurement- non-standard             •   Technology
•   Problem solving
                                 Writing Writing
                     Empowering Writers / Interactive

                We begin by:                                    We move to:
Thinking                                        Stick figures
Drawing                                         Scribble writing
Writing                                         No letters or words
                                                Little details

             Inventive Spelling:                               Phonetic Spelling:
Putting random letters down as we learn         Begin associating letters w/ their sounds and
them with little regard to the sounds that      start to label our pictures using beginning
they make.                                      sounds, them moving to ending sounds, and
                                                finally ending sounds and vowels.
We will then move on from words to              This is a slow process. We take each student
sentences, and then to stories with             from where they are as writers and let them
beginning, middle, and endings, and finally     move through these stages as they are ready.
to complete stories that we have drafted,       We just provide the tools and they learn to
illustrated, edited, and published ourselves.   love writing.
    Science in Kindergarten is a hands-on experience!
    • We observe with our 5 senses
    • We conduct scientific experiments
    • We record information in our Science
A few of our topics this year include:
•   Weather and Seasons                   We integrate and
•   Parts of a System
•   Pumpkins
                                          connect our Science
•   Trees                                objectives into other
•   Light and Sound                      subject areas as well,
•   Human Body
                                            such as into our
•   Change
                                           reading literature
                                            and our writing.
           Social Studies
    Social Studies is taught through integration and
                   through connections.
•    With Literature
•    Community Circles – The 7 Habits
•    Role Play
•    Integration with other subject areas
                        Topics Include:
1.    Authority Figures
2.    Rules
3.    Customs and Traditions
4.    Human Differences
5.    Historical Figures
6.    Jobs
7.    Technology

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