Kindergarten - 1

4-7 year-olds

Welcome to the Kindergarten and 1st Grade classroom. The morning is our most important part of the day. We begin each day with movement and song before starting our academic learning. Music and song are continued throughout our day as a helpful learning tool. We share a play space with our friends in Pre K and have many opportunities throughout our week for Creative Play. Play is used as a springboard to stimulate creativity to write stories and various building toys and other manipulatives are used to allow the children to explore and develop math concepts. 

It may look like they’re “just” playing but there is a lot of learning taking place! We facilitate learning for students who are ready for greater academic challenges, or for those who may need a gentler pace. Our intention is to keep igniting the joy of learning, rather than placing a child in an environment where they will feel pressure for which they are not yet developmentally ready.

Play is used as a springboard to stimulate creativity to write stories and various building toys



Journeys (Houghton, Mifflin Harcourt)

We use the Journeys curriculum as a jumping off point for our study of language arts. The program highlights a “Anchor Text” from a real published author and synchronizes a study of vocabulary, phonics, comprehension skills, writing, and grammar appropriate to the context of that story. After the central lesson students break into small groups to practice specific skills using materials that are themed to match the “Anchor Text”.


Jolly PhonicsA fun and child-centered approach to teaching phonics. Kinesthetic learning with actions and stories for each of the 42 letter sounds, CLICK HERE. This is the foundation for our reading instruction.


Guided Reading (Fountas- Pinnell) – Each child receives small group or individual instruction at his/her “Just Right” level.


Daily 5 (Moser and Boushey) – An organized set of literacy selections for children to make when they are not in session with a teacher. 2 rounds per day.


Writers Workshop supported by Story boxes. Children choose what they want to write, and learn the first steps of the Writing Process. Authors meet individually in conference with a teacher as writing progresses.





Every Day Math – A curriculum created by teachers for teachers and their students. It promotes building mathematical thinking rather than just providing the correct answer.  


Early Supplements: Developmentally Appropriate Practices (D.A.P.) A mathematical approach created by Constance Kamii, a protégée of educational pioneer Jean Piaget. This is the cornerstone for our math games and extended studies.


Older Supplements:  Marilyn Burns Math Games. Marilyn Burns is one of today’s most highly respected mathematics educators.  



Hand Work:

Includes activities like; Sewing, Knitting/Weaving, Woodwork



Social Emotional Learning:


Non-Violent Communication – Human beings are always trying to honor universal values and needs, every minute, every day. With NVC, we learn to hear our own deeper needs and those of others.