Quick Fact Sheet – Kindergarten

Quick Fact Sheet – Kindergarten (5 years old by December 2, 2008)

Ratio: 1:12 (One CA Credentialed Teacher/ One Qualified Co-Teacher*) all day
*Qualifications for co-teachers include a CA Credential or current enrollment in the credential program with an emergency credential.

Class Size: 24 children maximum capacity- (current practice –22 children)

Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

teacher-and-kids-in-classroom-learningCurriculum/ Programs Used:
• Base Curriculum – Houghton Mifflin -
Language, Math, Science, Social Studies
• Wright Group/ Scholastics, Accelerated
Reader – Language Arts
• AIMS (Activities Integrating Math and Science)
• Mega Skills – Social Studies (character building)
• Accelerated Math Facts

Extensions to our Program: (each of these areas are present daily in addition to the lesson times seen here)
Spanish…Global Child Spanish Curriculum 30 minutes x 2 a week
Art…Brighton’s own w/ CA State Standards 45 minutes x 1 a week
Music… Brighton’s own w/ CA State Standards 30 minutes x 1 a week
Technology…Dell computers/ various software throughout the week
Physical Education…Brighton’s own w/CA standards 30 minutes x 1 a week
My Gym 60 minutes x 1 a week

Also Included in our Programs:
Snacks and lunch – included in tuition
All materials – included in tuition / registration
Special Events (Fall Festival, Holiday Cantata etc…)
Field Trips – small additional fee
Holiday/ Summer Camps – additional activity fee
Transportation to and from Brighton Schools Granite Bay – included in tuition/ registration

Classroom Management:
Individual, small group, whole group management. Examples: Individual “Caught Doing Good” coins, “Stop Light” monitoring system, whole group tally marks for whole group responsibility and rewards. Classroom “Cheers” for class party. We use Positive redirection! No “Time Outs”.

Grade Highlights:
Language Arts – phonics, total print awareness, letter recognition, constant reading exposure, writing; Mathematics – counting, addition, subtraction, date and time; Science – integration colorful-classroom-with-paper-dragon-flyeswith math through hands- on projects, classroom systems; Social Studies – pro-social behaviors, responsibilities, working as a team; Field trips – Apple Hill , Pumpkin Patch; Performing Arts – Parent’s Day, Graduation Day; Art – Andy Warhol, directed drawing, oil pastels

How we stand out – our teachers perspective:
Our Kindergarten is a full day program which includes many of the same instructional systems as upper grades. Time and ratios allow us to comfortably cover all Kindergarten standards as well as many First Grade areas of study. Our ratios are lower (1:14) during the whole day and lowered again (approx. 1:8) for small group, center instruction. We focus on multiple intelligences and differentiate our instruction to help children at all levels and strengths. This is an age appropriate classroom which focuses on social/ emotional development, academic skill mastery and positive self–esteem.

"We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today." ~Stacia Tauscher

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