LANGUAGE ARTS

Reading

Our kindergarten language arts curriculum develops students as readers through:

  • High frequency word recognition practice

  • Phonics skills

  • Comprehension skills

  • Fluency

Reading and spelling inventories are administered three times per year to determine each student’s needs and to assess their progress. 

Students rotate through reading centers 4 days per week including:

  • The Listening Center - students scan a QR code to listen to a story on their iPad, after which they complete a comprehension assignment 

  • Read To Self Center - independent reading

  • Word Work Center - students meet with a teacher weekly to practice the phonics and spelling skill of the week.

  • Writing Center - students have the choice of writing lists, cards, and working on narrative stories. 

Phonics skills include:

  • Short vowels

  • Long vowels

  • Vowel teams

  • Digraphs

  • Diphthongs

  • R controlled vowels 

Writing

In our Writer’s Workshop:

  • Students will learn beginning phases of the writing process through development of their personal narratives. 

  • Students will plan, sketch, write, edit, and add details to their work. 

  • Students will learn to write stories using phonetic spelling which include a clear beginning, middle, and end. 

  • Students will learn “How To” writing during where students teach readers how to do something through their writing using “first, next, then, and last.” 

  • Students will learn Persuasive Writing where students will write their opinions and provide support for their opinions. 

  • Teachers confer with students one on one to establish and work on writing goals.

 

MATHEMATICS

Our kindergarten mathematics curriculum exposes students to a wide range of skills with a heavy focus on numeracy and understanding the meaning and relationship between numbers.  Daily manipulatives are used for concrete practice. 

  • Students will learn to count to 100 by ones, twos, fives, and tens.

  • Students will learn to compare and order numbers within 100.

  • Students will learn to compose and decompose teen numbers.

  • Students will learn to add and subtract fluently within 10

  • Students will apply knowledge of addition and subtraction to complete word problems within 20.

  • Students will understand the relationship between numbers and quantities and will connect counting to cardinality.

  • Students will learn to attend to precision when counting sets and recording answers.  

  • Students will learn to use the ten frame to visualize numbers in preparation for working with larger numbers.  

  • Students will learn that numbers are composed of “tens”and “ones” as we build a foundation for place value knowledge. 

  • Students will learn measurement, coin identification and value. 

  • Students will practice skills that they are learning by playing cooperative games such as Roll and Record, Shake and Spill and Candy Land Tens & Ones.  

  • Students will develop an imaginary farm as an introduction to Project Based Learning (PBL)

  • Students will work weekly with a teacher and peers to respond to story problems which will result in the creation of a foldable farm.  This project extends learning of counting, base ten, adding/subtracting, measurement and shapes.  

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

Kindergarten Social Studies curriculum is integrated into other subjects, especially Computer Science and Language Arts. The focus of kindergarten Social Studies is in communities and community helpers. 

  • Students will design and represent their own community using objects in our classroom and “buildings in the community,” created by them. Students learn to code roads for the Ozobots to drive around in, representing cars in their community. 

  • Students will learn the difference between the past, present, and future.

  • Students will learn about the First Thanksgiving and the life of pilgrim children. 

  • Students will compare and contrast their day to a typical day in the life of pilgrim children. 

  • Students will learn how to set a resolution for themselves. 

  • Students will learn about important people in history such as Martin Luther King Jr., Ruby Bridges, and Betsy Ross. 

  • Students will learn about maps and locations, gaining perspective on distance and location while learning about cities, states, countries, and continents in our “Me on the Map” unit. 

  • Students will communicate with their digital penpals in Dubai using the Flipgrid app and will share the state and country they are from.

  • Students will learn vocabulary related to past, present, and future, collaboratively creating a timeline of their year in Kindergarten, as well as a timeline of their lives. 

 

SCIENCE

Kindergarten scientists learn through questioning, exploring, doing, and utilizing their natural curiosity.  

  • Students will actively conduct investigations, share ideas with peers, and record data in their science journals.  

  • Students learn about science tools and the science journal.  

  • Students learn to accurately record their assignments and findings in the journal. 

  • Students will explore daily with science tools and materials (such as magnifying lenses, construction materials and magnets). 

Units covered in Science include:

  • Life Cycles

  • Plants and Animals

  • Weather

  • Engineering and Design

  • Magnetism

  • Forces and Motion

  • Properties of Matter

 


DRAMA & THEATER


The Greene School Drama program provides students the opportunity to express themselves through a variety of theatrical lenses. The actor’s toolbox (body, voice, and imagination) is explored through storytelling, movement, scene study, and more! Skills in drama provide empathy, spatial reasoning, ease in public presentation and self confidence. The performing arts offers students an opportunity for self exploration and team building.

Students are encouraged to take dramatic risks and support each other by giving meaningful feedback to improve their own work and the work of their fellow actors. Through creative play, students learn skills that cover affective, psychomotor, and cognitive domains. 

Kindergarten students create story dramas. Students explore a variety of character qualities (both physical and vocal) through books and stories. Through book reenactments, students learn to physically recognize, mirror and create emotions described in stories and dramatic play. Students are also given the opportunity to explore a variety of vocal dynamics to express thoughts and emotions. 

Theatrical vocabulary that students learn and apply to scene work at this grade level include: 

  • Projection

  • Clarity

  • Emotion

  • Body

  • Voice

  • Imagination

  • Story drama

  • Tableau

  • Character voice

  • Set

  • Puppetry

  • Conflict

  • Character

  • Volume

  • Pitch

  • Speed 

 

DANCE, YOGA, & MINDFULNESS

Dance

As part of The Greene School curriculum, all kindergarten students are required to participate in dance each week, one period per week for 45 minutes. The Greene School Dance Program is founded on the premise of providing a kinesthetically enriched and interdisciplinary curriculum that strengthens the educational experience for all students. The dance program plays an integral role in the development of a well-rounded student while also enhancing the learning taking place in other subject areas. Students are exposed to different techniques, forms, and styles of dance including jazz, modern, creative movement, ballet, and musical theatre. Different choreographic styles are also studied, though the focus varies with age. 

The first part of the year is focused on the development of gross motor skills through both locomotor and non-locomotor movements, while learning how to retain choreography and build specific dance technique in preparation for the annual Dance Concert performance that includes all students. 

The second part of the year focuses on The Language of Dance unit where students choreograph and perform their own mini-dances, allowing students the opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary unit that encourages practical application of the technique and skills learned throughout the year.

Yoga

As part of The Greene School curriculum, all kindergarten students participate in yoga, one period per week for 45 minutes. The overarching theme for the elementary yoga program focuses on the concepts of Balance and Breath in Yoga Poses and in Life. The course also utilizes a multi-subject approach with the integration of interdisciplinary concepts. The students culminate each lesson by writing in their personal Gratefulness Journals.

Mindfulness

As part of The Greene School curriculum, all kindergarten students are required to participate in Mindfulness, one period per week, for 20 minutes. All teachers and staff also attend each mindfulness class with the students to allow the lessons to be continued in the classroom throughout the week. Throughout the year, students are introduced to a wide variety of topics and techniques with the monthly character trait acting as the overarching theme throughout the lesson including Mindful Bodies, Mindful Listening, Mindful Breathing, Heartfulness, Kindness, Mindful Jars, Mindful Eyes, Please and Thank You, Generosity, Giving, Mindful Thoughts, Mindful Emotions, Mindful Eating, Gratitude, Integrity, Patience, Compassion, Commitment, Humility, Joyfulness, and Kindness.

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

The Greene School Foreign Language program is intended to develop listening comprehension and verbal skills in young children with classes three times a week.  Skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing are developed in this course. Students acquire language proficiency with visual and interactive support using grade level vocabulary and techniques such as Total Physical Response (TPR) and Natural Approach.  The goal of both of these strategies is to allow students to learn a second language in the same way they learned their first language - through their senses, encouraging long-term retention of the language.

Kindergarten students use the ¡Qué chévere! and Realidades curriculum textbook which integrate development of language proficiency into cultural understanding using project-based learning activities, multimedia resources, role-play skits, songs, games, and stories. 

  • Students will learn basic topics and frequently used expressions.

  • Students will learn subject pronouns, verb agreement, people, verbs, objects, places, foods, and prepositions.

  • Students will learn to provide basic information about themselves using words, phrases, and memorized expressions.

  • Students will learn to ask basic questions of daily life using complete sentences.

  • Students will be able to express likes and dislikes.

  • Students will learn to communicate with a partner in directed or free-response dialogues, practice structure, and games.

  • Students will learn to pre-write by drawing pictures to support ideas related to a task.

  • Students will learn basic practices and perspectives of cultures where the target language is spoken (such as greetings, holiday celebrations, etc.)

  • Students will learn to compare words in the target language that are similar to those in his/her own language.

  • Students will learn to recite the numbers from 1-20 in the target language.

 

ART

The Greene School visual arts program requires all kindergarten students to participate in art class for 45 minutes, two times each week, offering all students a broad range of experiences and activities.  Students are exposed to a wide array of visual arts mediums throughout the year. 

Students explore an array of art making categories: 

  • Visual

  • Plastic

  • Technological

  • Decorative.   

First grade students will explore and experiment in the following Elements of Art:

  • Line

  • Shape

  • Color

  • Patterns

Students may use these elements:

  • Drawing (Linear, Figure)

  • Painting (Color Mixing, Primary and Secondary Colors, Color Wheel, Warm and Cool Colors) 

  • 3-Dimensional Work (Clay forms: coiling, rolling, pinching; Paper techniques: folding, cutting)

  • Art History (Picture Books, Reproduction, Online Resources, Online Museum Interactive Sites)

Mediums used by first grade students include:

  • Paint (Tempera and Watercolor)

  • Crayon (Resist, Rubbings, Outline)

  • Clay (Air Dry, Modeling)

  • Paper (Stencils, Cutting, Folding, Collage) 

  • Pastels (Oil, Chalk)

The visual arts program is further enriched with art history and focus on transformational movements in art.  The visual arts program is integrated throughout the interdisciplinary curriculum via collaborative partnerships between classroom and arts teachers.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

The Greene School physical education curriculum is designed to provide an environment that challenges all students to work to their potential. Students need the opportunity to learn skills without intimidation and to experience the joy and exhilaration of physical activity. This philosophy drives our program and it is our hope that all students learn to enjoy movement, become fit, and value positive living. 

Our program focuses on the whole person.  This is achieved by focusing on three areas which are equally important:

  • Movement Skills and Movement Knowledge 

  • Personal Development

  • Social Development

Our physical education aims are to encourage and enable students to: 

  • Use inquiry to explore physical and health education concepts.

  • Participate effectively in a variety of contexts.

  • Understand the value of physical activity.

  • Achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

  • Collaborate and communicate effectively.

  • Build positive relationships and demonstrate social responsibility.

  • Reflect on their learning experiences.

Students at this level will learn psychomotor development and interpersonal skills. Students will be assessed on their knowledge of units demonstrated through skills and games, task cards, class and individual demonstrations, presentations and class assignments.