Starting kindergarten is an important milestone for every child. Kindergarten is a time to explore, learn, and develop the skills necessary to lay the foundation for a love of learning and future success. Kindergarten students explore a variety of topics in reading, math, social studies, science, and social emotional skills. Students will learn letters, sounds, sight words, beginning reading skills, and how to be a writer. Through whole class read alouds, small group skill building, games, and personal reading and writing time, kindergarten students are embraced by a world of language arts. They will also learn patterns, counting to 100, graphing, and basic addition and subtraction. The kindergarten experience puts great emphasis into learning to be independent, respectful, empathetic, and a problem-solver. Learning is designed to be child-centered and engaging, such as going on gingerbread man hunts to learn about mapping, learning about simple machines by building leprechaun traps, exploring living things by hatching baby chicks and working in the outdoor garden. At Kingsbury, we value the power of play, inquiry, and discovery. We believe that play-based, hands-on learning is at the core of early childhood education!