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. Studies 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 using the Creative Curriculum®️. We offer smaller class sizes relative to public setting with a maximum of 14 students with 2 teachers which allows smaller group and individualized instruction.
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!
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.
Our teachers are in communication with our families frequently through daily emails containing pictures and highlights of their child’s day.
“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
All Cornerstone Programs are 5 days per week
Before Care starting at 8AM
9AM-3PM Program Day