Kindergarten Curriculum/Typical Day
Kindergarten is an important time in a child's life as they start to grow emotionally, socially and academically. We are committed to aligning instruction, curriculum, and assessment in a culturally relevant manner. Here is a glimpse into some of the key components that help us achieve that goal.
It’s typical for Kindergarten classrooms to spend 15-20 minutes, 3-4 days per week on guided reading, which is an instructional approach that involve the teacher working with a small group of students who demonstrate similar reading behaviors and can read similar levels of text. The goal of guided reading time is for students to use strategies independently on their way to becoming fluent, skilled readers. Other literacy concepts introduced and taught include the left to right progression, sentence structure, capitals and punctuation, phonics, site words, and segmenting (pulling words apart) and blending (putting them back together).
St. Louis Park kindergarten classrooms use Math Expressions curriculum and IXL to supplement math instruction. Teachers use partner, small group and large group math sessions to focus on helping students build a strong number sense. Instruction is given in a number of subject areas including counting, skip-counting, comparing, patterns, addition, subtraction, time, sorting, measurement, money, and others. Kindergarten teachers also utilize the concept of “spiraling” in their math instruction. With spiraling, material is revisited repeatedly over months to ensure student mastery of skills.
Kindergarten teachers are constantly integrating new technologies through the Smartboard in their classroom, teacher controlled apps on personal devices including iPads, as well as outside connections to engage student learners.
Student agency refers to learning through activities that are meaningful and relevant to learners, driven by their interests, and often self-initiated with appropriate guidance from teachers. To put it simply, student agency gives students voice and often, choice, in how they learn.
Responsive Classroom is an evidence- based approach to teaching that focuses on engaging academics, positive community, effective management, and developmental awareness.
Each kindergarten classroom in St. Louis Park Public Schools has a 4-hour Kindergarten Assistant. These staff members help the classroom teacher facilitate small group work as well as focusing on student needs for enrichment and academic support.
What does a typical day look like?
Complete independent tasks
Morning Meeting (classroom community piece, greeting, sharing component, student voices)
Large Group Read Aloud
PALS (Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies) Partner Reading
Large and Small Group Math Lessons
Recess (20 minutes) before Lunch (20 minutes)
11:40 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Afternoon Literacy Stations
Specialists (Physical Education Every Day and an ABC rotation with Media, Spanish, and Music)
Snack and self directed time
WIN Time (What I Need - Extra Math or Reading, ELL, Special Ed., Speech)