Program
Lower School

Kindergarten

List of 9 items.

  • Art

    Collage, Drawing, Painting, Sculpting (clay)

    LEARNING GOALS FOR ART:

    • Study artists
    • Learn to sustain long-term interest in art projects, working on one piece for several class periods
    • Learn how to correctly use and respect art studio tools and materials
    • Acquire a comfort in taking creative risks and in learning to embrace imperfection
    • Draw from imagination and observation
    • Rip, paint, cut, and glue paper to create assemblage project
    • Understand process of and create papier-mâché (make papier-mâché animal)
    • Begin to understand sculpting process (e.g., clay pinch pot)
  • Health and Wellness

    BODY HEALTH
    • Make colorful choices at lunch
    • Manage and understand the importance of self-care routines such as loose teeth/lost teeth, hand washing, and bathing
    • Understand the importance of movement

    SOCIAL HEALTH
    • Introduction to the 12 Toolbox Project Tools
    • Develop language for creating positive friendships and healthy conflict resolution
    • Develop self-advocacy skills, such as asking for help

    EMOTIONAL HEALTH
    • Introduce the concept of personal identity
    • Name and share feelings
    • Introduce values through the teaching of the Hamlin Creed
    • Develop skills to manage uncomfortable feelings
  • Language Arts

    CORE RESOURCES:
    Words Their Way
    Teachers College Reading & Writing Project by Lucy Calkins
    Units of Study for Primary Writing by Lucy Calkins
    Guided Reading by Irene C. Fountas & Gay Su Pinnell
    Wilson Fundations™
    Developmentally appropriate literature

    LEARNING GOALS FOR READING:
    • Develop and strengthen listening comprehension
    • Develop and strengthen phonemic awareness
    • Recognize upper and lower case letters
    • Understand the letters and the sounds they make
    • Tell a story by observing the illustrations
    • Make predictions
    • Make connections
    • Ask and answer questions about unknown words in text
    • Recognize common types of text (ex. storybooks, poems, fantasy, realistic)
    • Understand features of books
    • Retell stories
    • Identify the beginning, middle, and end of a story
    • Choose reading books at appropriate level of readiness
    • Understand that words carry meaning
    • Follow words from left to right and from top to bottom on the printed page
    • Recognize that sentences in print are made up of words
    • Build sight word vocabulary - read common high-frequency words by sight
    • Develop decoding skills
    • Read emergent reader text with purpose and understanding

    LEARNING GOALS FOR WRITING:

    FORMS OF WRITING: Fiction; Non-Fiction; Poetry

    • Start to use writing process: draft; revise; edit; publish
    • Understand that writing is a form of communication
    • Understand that writing is putting thoughts and ideas on paper with words and/or pictures
    • Write for multiple purposes (e.g., lists, letters, stories, journals)
    • Use phonetic spelling to convey ideas
    • Draw pictures to convey meaning
    • Begin to use punctuation
    • Explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing
    • Participate in shared research and writing projects

    LEARNING GOALS FOR HANDWRITING:
    • Master writing all upper case letters of the alphabet
    • Write lower case letters of the alphabet
    • Use spaces between words
    LEARNING GOALS FOR LISTENING AND SPEAKING:
    • Listen to and follow directions
    • Be an attentive audience member
    • Communicate thoughts and feelings audibly and clearly
    • Generate questions and make personal connections
    • Develop comfort level for speaking in a group
    • Explain thinking
    • Present work to peers
  • Library & Information Literacy

    CORE RESOURCES:
    Standards for the 21st century Learner AASL
    Adaptation of California School Library Recommended Library Skills

    • Learn the parts of books
    • Demonstrate knowledge of where to check out books
    • Recognize that the library is divided into sections that house different books
    • Select picture books using icons in online catalog
    • Recognize award-winning Caldecott Books and Geisel books
    • Understand how to select the Just-Right-Book from book displays
  • Music

    Philosophy of Zoltán Kodály and Carl Orff

    LEARNING GOALS FOR MUSIC:

    • Learn about noteworthy composers, compositions, styles, and genres through Composition of the Week (COW) program
    • Discover the connection between music and literature through selected picture books and recordings
    • Discover and explore different uses of the voice and body
    • Develop attentive listening skills and aural memory
    • Learn to distinguish musical components: fast/slow; loud/soft; high/low
    • Begin rhythm work (keep steady beat, clap rhythms, etc.)
    • Understand quarter note, eighth note, and quarter rest
    • Participate in part work (introduction of simple canons)
    • Build repertoire of songs to create foundation for later melodic and rhythmic learning
    • Develop performance skills through assemblies and programs (e.g., Thanksgiving Assembly)
  • Physical Education

    LEARNING GOALS FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION:

    • Demonstrate sportsmanship
    • Develop locomotor skills (e.g., running, hopping, sliding)
    • Develop non-locomotor skills (e.g., bending, twisting, stretching)
    • Develop body awareness
    • Develop hand/eye coordination
    • Develop foot/eye coordination
    • Develop balance
    • Engage in creative movement and fitness activities
  • Science and Engineering/Computer Science

    THEME: Observation

    UNITS:
    Investigation and experimentation
    Cycles: Nutrition and Body, States of Matter

    LEARNING GOALS FOR SCIENCE:
    • Record observations by drawing a scientific sketch
    • Ask scientific questions
    • Begin to read and examine scientific literature
    • Begin to understand mistakes as an important part of learning process
    • Describe physical properties of objects
    • Five senses
    • Major lifetimes of plants and animals
    • Earth is composed of air, land, and water
    • Weather
    • Landforms
    • Resources from earth are used everyday...

    TECHNOLOGY

    EQUIPMENT TYPICALLY USED: Camcorders; desktops; digital cameras; document cameras; headphones; iPods; laptops; USB microphones

    APPLICATIONS TYPICALLY USED: Dreambox; Hearbuilder; Raz Kids, 1XL
    CORE RESOURCES: BeeBot, GoldieBlox

    MATHEMATICS

    CORE RESOURCE: Bridges in Mathematics Second Edition, Math Learning Center; Context for Learning Mathematics, Catherine Twomey Fosnot

    LEARNING GOALS FOR MATHEMATICS:

    NUMBER SENSE AND OPERATIONS
    • Demonstrate one-to-one correspondence with up to 30 objects
    • Recognize and write numbers up to 30
    • Count to 100 by 1’s, 5’s and 10’s and to 20 by 2’s
    • Compare numbers in multiple ways
    • Understand concept of addition and subtraction
    • Create and solve story problems using addition
    • Understand concept of a number sentence
    • Find the sum or difference of two whole numbers up to or from 6
    • Begin to understand place value (ones and tens)
    ALGEBRA AND FUNCTIONS
    • Sort, classify, and order objects by size, number, and other attributes
    • Recognize, describe, and repeat patterns
    GEOMETRY AND MEASUREMENT
    • Identify and name: circle; triangle; square; rectangle; rhombus; oval; hexagon; trapezoid
    • Identify 3-D objects: cubes; spheres; cylinders
    • Use non-standard units of measurement for comparison
    • Understand the need for standard units of measurement
    • Compare and order height and length (shortest, longest, and the same)
    • Demonstrate an understanding of concepts of time (e.g., morning, afternoon, evening, today, yesterday, tomorrow, week, month, year) and tools that measure time (e.g., clock, calendar)
    • Begin to develop a sense of time(e.g., length of one minute, five minutes, one hour)
    • Recognize time to the hour on an analog clock
    • Know the seven days of the week and twelve months of the year and their order
    MONEY
    • Recognize and name the value of penny, nickel, dime, and quarter
    • Make and exchange pennies for nickels and dimes; pennies and nickels for dimes; and nickels for dimes
    STATISTICS, DATA ANALYSIS, AND PROBABILITY
    • Pose questions, gather data, and record results
    • Represent data using concrete objects, pictures, and tally or bar graphs
    • Answer simple questions related to data representation
    PROBLEM SOLVING
    • Apply and adapt a variety of appropriate strategies to solve problems
    • Use manipulatives and pictures to create and solve problems
    • Develop estimation skills
  • Social Studies

    Units:
    Study of Self (Name, Skin, Hair, Identity, Creed)
    Home/Family Study 

    Learning Goals for Social Studies:

    • Follow classroom and school expectations
    • Share and work cooperatively with others
    • Take turns
    • Learn and identify The Hamlin Creed: Compassion; Courage; Honesty; Respect; Responsibility
  • World Language: Spanish

    CULTURAL CONTENT: Spanish Across the Globe

    LEARNING GOALS FOR SPANISH:
    • Geography
    • Traditions
    • Begin to develop a sense of global awareness
    • Developan “ear” for the language
    • Develop listening comprehension
    • Develop speaking skills
    • Build and develop vocabulary
    • Understand and use vocabulary words in oral communication
Please note: The K-8 Curriculum Guide is an articulation of the core aspects of the academic program at Hamlin; it is not intended to capture every concept and skill that is taught. Moreover, the K-8 Curriculum Guide will not reflect additional topics of study, which are inspired annually by student interests, teacher creativity, and current events.

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