Kindergarten is the perfect beginning to the academic experience at High Point Academy. Students will develop their sense of community throughout the year. They begin the year by drawing self-portraits, which are made into a t-shirt that is worn throughout the year. In-house field trips as well as kindergarten-specific events, play a huge role in the kindergarten experience. The year rounds out with a theatrical performance which provides a confidence-building experience that prepares students for first grade.
Reading, Phonics, and Vocabulary. Reading is taught in flexible-ability groupings through an individualized, multi-sensory curriculum. The content focuses on phonics along with learning-to-read sight words. A literature-rich environment provides students with exposure to different text styles. Emergent and leveled readers are used for both instruction and independent reading. Through storytelling, whole-group read-alouds, and guided reading, students achieve the goal of reading fluently, one of the many milestones of the kindergarten curriculum.
Writing and Grammar. With strong reading ability comes strong writing skills. From day one, handwriting is a focus in the kindergarten classrooms. Using a unique writing model, students begin the year telling stories through illustrations and move forward at their own pace, putting words to pictures. This evolves into simple sentences that focus on basic grammar; punctuation; correct usage of nouns, verbs, and adjectives; and more. Additionally, students are exposed to
different genres of writing. By year’s end, the students have the skills necessary to complete multi-sentence personal narratives and creative stories.
Mathematics. Math is taught using a variety of methods including whole-group and small flexible-ability groupings. The skills and concepts taught focus on foundational math skills. Manipulatives are used in a center format to meet the needs of each individual student. Students thrive in an environment where math is present in each part of the day. The curriculum moves from number sense within numbers 0-100, to basic addition and subtraction sentences. Concepts that are taught throughout the year include measurement skills, days of the week and months, the value of money, and much more. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills are also a constant focus throughout the year, as they promote a true conceptual understanding of how math relates to daily life.
Science. The science curriculum for kindergarten is broken down into three major units: physical science, life science, and earth science. Physical science includes exposure to the concepts of different physical properties, the process of evaporation, and the five senses. Comparing plant and animal characteristics and the plant life cycle are presented during the life science portion of the school year, while earth science includes the topics of seasons and landforms. The use of the Scientific Method is present throughout the year during all investigations and experiments. Students also engage in both whole-group and small-group instruction along with hands-on activities, which create an exciting and engaging science program.
Social Studies. The social studies curriculum is the most integrated and cross-curricular part of the kindergarten program. Taught in both whole and small-group formats, content is evident in daily work. This theme-based program focuses on concepts and is studied and integrated into the reading, writing, and math curriculum on a consistent basis. This allows the students to understand how the information they are learning is directly related to their lives.