A Day in the Life of a
(Completely Adorable) Kindergartener
Our Approach to Teaching & Learning
At Woodward North, we meet the children where they are and take them as far as they can go. We teach thematic units across the curriculum and involve children in group activities as well as individual instruction to challenge and guide them. Learn more about the activities we use to engage our children below.
Students learn more about the sounds of letters and how to isolate beginning letter sounds. They also practice fine motor skills, learn about opposites and sequencing, and develop reading skills. Our language arts activities include reading sight word stories on the SmartBoard, playing sight word recognition games, constructing sight word sentences, and using the iPad for learning. We also teach word families, in which children match word families to pictures, make flip books, read and write words, play word family recognition games, and read books independently. In reading groups, children are grouped according to reading level and given opportunities to read orally and to answer comprehension and skill questions as well as to participate in reading group discussion.
Our approach provides students with a solid foundation for understanding mathematical concepts and teaches efficient use of computational skills and problem-solving strategies. Children identify, write, and count numerals and learn about identifying patterns, sorting, measuring, graphing, estimation, and comparison. We work on a new or revisited math lesson every day. For example, teachers introduce number stories to the whole group, and children are invited to act out a number story using counters, fingers, modeling, and manipulatives. Children explore addition and subtraction and work in pairs to tell each other number stories and then solve them. Math lessons are concrete, with hands-on activities that allow our children to engage as partners as they explore the daily concepts and skills introduced.
We "visit" different countries by exploring culture, foods, famous events/holidays,and architectural attributes, and making crafts that originate in that country. We also teach our country’s history through thematic lessons, such as learning about the civil rights hero near Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln around Presidents Day.
In pre-K and kindergarten, science gives children a better understanding of the world around them and helps them explore answers to simple questions about nature, animals, space, and themselves. In pre-kindergarten through third grade, science is presented with a gradual approach, introducing discovery and exploration in the classroom and occasionally in lab settings.
Arts & Music
Pre-K and kindergarten students enjoy opportunities to explore the arts and music during the school day. Our pre-K and kindergarten students are exposed to the elements of art and principles of design as stepping stones to producing expressive artwork. Children study color, shape, line, texture, and value, working with a variety of materials including drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, textiles, and computer art. We also study art history, both Western and non-Western, to understand the impact of art on culture. Our music classes nurture the child’s cognitive, emotional, social, verbal, and physical development through singing, dancing, playing percussion instruments, listening, and even learning to read musical notation. Kindergartners learn to play color-coded handbells. We offer creative movement in pre-kindergarten, and pre-ballet classes in kindergarten.
P.E. & Cocurriculars
Our pre-K and kindergarten students enjoy P.E. during the school day and opportunities to participate in activities a range of activities including including fencing, horseback riding, golf, tennis, Chess Club, Spanish Club, and Kindermusik are offered after school.