Kindergarten is the first year of most children’s formal education. A lot of time is spent on learning routines and getting used to being in school. It is a big adjustment for many children, and can sometimes be difficult. Syracuse Academy provides a warm, caring environment where all children can feel welcome and comfortable.
Kindergarten is a time when children learn many of the skills and concepts that they will need throughout their education. They will learn the basics of phonics, writing, reading, and reading comprehension as well as mathematical concepts. English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science are all part of our daily schedule. They are essential components of our curriculum and are often interrelated.
In addition to academics, kindergarten students have three specials classes: Art, Music, and Physical Education. Each afternoon, kindergarteners recess and snack time. Play is an important part of the day for young children and we make sure to set aside some time for play each day. It provides them with an opportunity to form strong social relationships, engage in dramatic play, and explore new materials. Our four rules are Be Responsible, Be Kind, Be Respectful, and Be Safe. Our students are expected to follow these four rules and to treat each other as they would want to be treated themselves. Students are encouraged to take an active role in the creation of a learning environment that is caring, welcoming, respectful, and diverse.
Students will learn about themselves as individuals and part of a group; about their families and community and about the world around them. All kindergarteners participate in two field trips a month. This is a very exciting time for our Little Atoms, as they have the opportunity to complement class learnings with hands-on, real-life experience.
So much happens in kindergarten! Because of this, parents as well as children may have some apprehensions about what will happen. It is extremely important to keep in mind that we all build on small successes. Each child will progress at his/her own rate, acquiring skills as he/she is developmentally ready. Maintaining each child's self-esteem and building a secure foundation for future growth will always remain a priority in our class.
Some ways that you can help make your child's year a success are:
- Celebrate your child's success, no matter how small it may seem. This will keep your child enthusiastic about learning and proud of their work! This will also help your child to continue to try his/her best in all areas of learning.
- Read to and with your child everyday. The more your child is exposed to language, the easier it will be for him/her to incorporate new skills in reading and writing in the classroom.
- Check your child's folder every day for important notes and help them with their homework. This will show your child that you are interested in what he/she is doing in school and that homework is also an important part of learning.
- Keep open communication with your child, your child's teacher, and the school. Any questions or concerns can only be addressed when we talk openly.
Physical Education: Physical education is an essential part of any K-4 curriculum. Our students are exposed to a wide variety of activities and games that will help promote lifelong physical activity. They are also taught how to display good sportsmanship. In our K-4 physical education program, there is an emphasis placed on effort and attitude rather than winning and losing. K-2 students are exposed to basic motor skills as well as the basic skills needed to play different activities. 3rd and 4th graders are taught more complex skills with an emphasis on teamwork, cooperation, and communication.
Art: The Syracuse Academy of Science Elementary visual arts curriculum helps students understand how media, technique, and process are used to create works of art, and how artworks are structured. The goal of each project is to introduce students to the basic elements of art. Each project discovers: how to identify, analyze, and select subject matter, how symbols are used for personal and cultural expression, and how historical and cultural contexts provide meaning for works of art.
Special Education: Special Education is not a place, it is a service. The goal is to provide all students with a disability the services necessary for success in the least restrictive classroom environment. Special Education teachers provide accommodations and modifications to the grade level curriculum to help all students be successful. Special Education Teachers push-into classrooms to provide services. They also pull students out for resource groups that target specific skills and behaviors.
ENL - English as a New Language Program: The goal of the English as a New Language Program is to ensure English Language Learners acquire and develop English proficiency through rigorous curriculum, research-based teaching strategies, and social/emotional support. Languages and cultures of ELLs are respected and valued while learning about and becoming part of American culture.
Title 1 Reading and Math Intervention: The reading and math intervention team consists of specialized teachers in literacy and mathematics. They provide academic support for all classrooms in the school. This may include both small group instruction and additional integrated instruction. Syracuse Academy of Science Elementary uses Accelerated Math, Leveled Literacy Intervention Program, and STAR assessments to help fill in any gaps students may have. Our goal is to challenge students to overcome their learning obstacles and help each student feel empowered and capable in their education.
Kindergarten Supply List