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Kindergarten

Kindergarten


Children must be five years old by September 30, 2014. The Kindergarten class provides a foundation in the skills children need to succeed in a formal school setting. Certified teachers guide children in an engaging curriculum that follows New Jersey state standards. Themes determined by student interest, bring all area of the curriculum together for our students. Literacy, numeracy, science and social studies are presented through interactive activities.

What does “play-based” education mean in kindergarten?

  • Play-based curriculum brings content learning to the mind of a child, respecting what we know about children’s development.
  • Academic disciplines are integrated into the curriculum through educational games, art, investigation, research and dramatic play that is based on student interests.
Play Based Curriculum

Literacy 

  • Cornerstone kindergarten uses a balanced approach to literacy by combining phonics, invented spelling, handwriting and reading experiences with children’s literature.
  • Cornerstone’s kindergarten teachers support children’s sophisticated comprehension of texts, while also building decoding skills of breaking down and building up words to learn to read.

Mathematics

  • Kindergarten children are developmentally concrete thinkers and hands on learners; manipulating objects is a gateway to understanding abstract math concepts and formulas.
  • Cornerstone teachers guide foundational math experiences in composition and decomposition of number. NJ State standards of addition, subtraction, multiplication of sets, 2D & 3D geometry, spatial relations, measurement, data collection and visual representation are all covered using our hands-on approach.


Science

  • Throughout the year kindergarten students at Cornerstone study science that is meaningful to them. Our science program brings them knowledge of the natural world by teaching them key strategies for learning. Each student develops their talents for observation, documentation, inquiry and experimentation.
  • Science also becomes art, music, literacy and math.

 

Prepared for First Grade 

Kindergarten Programs

To focus solely on the academic learning that takes place in the Cornerstone kindergarten classroom would leave out a large part of why our students go to first grade prepared to succeed!


  • Through our emphasis on critical thinking and verbal expression of ideas, our students become reflective thinkers. 
  • They have confidence to voice their original thoughts, questions and insights.
  • Cornerstone kindergartners learn to be self-motivated and industrious workers through a focus on goal setting and marking of accomplishments. Throughout the year a portfolio of each students work is maintained and reviewed.
  • Cornerstone teachers develop the social/emotional intelligence of each student by scaffolding their productive self-expression, their flexible problem solving with peers and their resilient self-confidence.
  • Our understanding of the importance of addressing all areas of development means Cornerstone teachers take the time to facilitate students working through social negotiations and allowing our student to build positive self-images.


Students in the Kindergarten class use the resources our vibrant community has to offer to enhance the curriculum by going on several field trips throughout the year. These include local walking trips as well as trips off campus. Our trips include visits to the library, fire station, arboretum and local visual arts center.


All of our teachers keep monthly anecdotal records and work sample portfolios on every student. Parent teacher conferences are held twice a year where teachers provide detailed information regarding a students development.
 

Why is This Important

Research Backs our Approach

“For 40 years I have searched without success for studies that support the notion that reading at five is a helpful step for long-term success in school. Many experts in child development are very concerned about the current approaches. For example, Stephen Hinshaw at the University of California at Berkeley, an expert in hyperactive disorders, spoke of the need for a broad-based kindergarten approach. He was quoted in Time magazine in 2003, saying, “Even more vital than early reading is the learning of play skills, which form the foundation of cognitive skills.” He pointed out that in Europe children are often not taught to read until age seven. “Insisting that they read at five,” he said, “puts undue pressure on a child.” – taken from Reading at five: why? - Joan Almon published in Early Childhood, March 21, 2013.

 

“They said recent grads too often don’t know how to communicate effectively. And they have trouble adapting, problem solving and making decisions – things employers say they should have learned” – Amy Scott, What do employers really want from college grads?, Marketplace for Monday, March 4, 2013

Monday to Friday

After School Care is available until 5:30pm.

9:00-3:30 or 9:00-5:30


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