Kindergarten

Children come to Gwynedd Friends with natural curiosity and wonder about the world around them.  In Kindergarten, we continue to develop each child's sense of wonder and love of learning.  Kindergarteners bring varied strengths and learning styles.   At Gwynedd Friends, we nurture and develop these styles. 

We begin more structured math and reading lessons at this age.  Our low  student -teacher ratio (1:7) and flexible schedules help support each child's needs.   Children learn reading and writing skills in small and whole group settings.  Decoding and sight words are taught to help children gain meaning from text.  Leveled books are introduced as children begin to read independently. 

Using math activities with concrete materials, children develop an understanding of and gain insight into mathematical patterns.. Challenging math experiences enable children to internalize concepts within the contents of real everyday experiences.

Equally important to math and reading skills, our children develop cultural awareness, social skills, self-exploration and self-confidence. In both structured and unstructured settings, We encourage  children to share thoughts, ideas and collaborate creatively with others.  

Units of Study 

  • Coral reef
  • Rain forest
  • Native Americans
  • Holidays Around the World
  • Opossum Study model for individual animal study
  • Arctic Regions
  • Weather
  • Life Cycle Study: seed to plants, egg hatch, butterflies,
  • Springtime in Paris
  • Art study, Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh


In addition to our Units of Study, the Kindergarten teachers provide daily instructions using Wilson Fundations, Kidwriting, Mathematics Their Way, and Singapore Math. Wilson Fundations provide research-based materials and strategies essential to a comprehensive reading, spelling and handwriting program. Kidwriting provides a systematic approach to phonics, journals, and writing workshop. Mathematics Their Way develops an understanding and insight of the patterns in mathematics through the use of concrete materials. Singapore Math helps to develop number sense and operations in base ten.

For children turning five on or before September 1, 2017

 

5 Day Kindergarten

Monday through Friday, 9 AM - 1:00 PM.

 

Click here for a snippet of a season in kindergarten.