Kindergarten

Ratio

The number of children enrolled in our kindergarten program is limited. This provides a teacher/student ratio of ten or less. A small group provides children with an intimate atmosphere. This contributes to creating a superior learning environment. Larger group sizes with higher teacher/student ratios require additional classroom management.

Curriculum

The kindergarten program extends the developmental approach of education used throughout the school. Kindergarteners are provided opportunity to progress at their own rate, which maximizes individual learning potential. This approach fosters children’s strengths while offering additional experiences in areas needing support. The kindergarten curriculum features use of both Whole Language and Phonemic Awareness for teaching reading and writing. Specialized activities include the use of audiotape to record a child’s personal message in conjunction with their written journal.

Individual Attention

The skill level of each child is assessed initially. This includes identifying a child’s base knowledge in reading, writing and math. Specific educational activities are planned to meet the needs of each child. The daily schedule allows the kindergarten teacher time to provide a one on one working relationship with each child.

Private Service

Private means choice. Professional early childhood educators at Avon Children’s Center use experience and current knowledge to continuously monitor and refine the kindergarten program. Teacher dedication, low ratios and personal attention combine to create the “Quality” in our name.

Circle time activities

Circle time is designed to provide children experience and opportunity to interact in a group setting. Singing, stories read aloud and group discussions related to the theme take place at this time. Children are also introduced to activities in each of the learning centers.

Individual Kindergarten Tasks

Kindergarteners are selected in turn to perform specific tasks. Students undertake activities to meet their individual needs. A kindergartener may be engaged with tasks that foster handwriting skills while another works on number identification. Tasks are also designed to facilitate a child’s learning by providing a concrete “hands on” experience. Physically manipulating materials stimulates a child’s learning experience. Games are also used to develop academic skills. Weekly assignments typically include creating books and writing exercises. The teacher works with each child on an individual basis as they accomplish their tasks. Advanced curriculum is provided as each child meets established “kindergarten objectives”.

Teacher Directed Group Activity

Monday, children are introduced to the “Letter of the Week”. This letter is used throughout the week as part of the Whole Language concept. Children work with the calendar, counting days of the month. Math, reading and writing exercises are part of group activities. These are examples of activities that prepare children for the elementary setting. The teacher directed group activity portion of the day incorporates children’s social skill development with academics.

Full Day Experiences

Teacher/child learning opportunities present themselves throughout the day. A child stimulated by completing kindergarten tasks will request additional activities. Teachers take advantage of this by providing supplemental materials and tasks that focus on each child’s interests, development and skill level. A child’s full day experience also provides greater opportunity to monitor, record and promote achievements that lead to success