Neeley Fleischer is the Kindergarten teacher. All academic subjects are taught by the classroom teacher in the kindergarten classroom.
Each day begins with the students gathering in a circle for Morning Meeting, in which math, language and science topics are covered informally. The class observes the weather, talks about what month and day it is, and marks the date on a calendar. The class always says the pledge and the monthly character trait might be discussed during this time.
The Sadlier program provides the basis for the phonics curriculum in Kindergarten. Whole group instruction is enhanced with the use of interactive SMART board activities to teach and practice phonics skills. The students receive additional practice through workbook activities using Explode the Code along with computer software focused on building phonemic awareness skills. Funemics is also used to provide additional training in phonological awareness skills.
Early in the year, reading skills are practiced with classroom read aloud books. As the year goes on, students move into one-on-one reading instruction using the SRA Basic Reading Series and the Houghton-Mifflin sight reading series. Students also use the online program Reading Eggs for additional practice in phonics, sight word skills and comprehension.
The SRSD (Self-Regulated Strategy Development) writing program is used to develop skills in planning, composing, revising and editing written work. At this level, the focus is on conversation and the meaning of text while encouraging the role of drawing.
Sitton spelling is used for the spelling curriculum. Students are also encouraged to use invented spelling as they begin to develop their writing and spelling skills.
The Handwriting Without Tears program is used throughout the year to help the students develop correct handwriting techniques. Use of the interactive HWT website on the SMART board gives the students the opportunity to use their large muscle groups as they practice the proper letter formation strokes.
Sitton math is used for the math curriculum. The students often work with manipulatives and interactive SMART board activities as a part of each lesson.
Some of the topics covered in science include The Five Senses, Seasons, Flowers, Plants, Seeds, Bugs and Butterflies and Magnets. The in-class programs by High-Touch High-Tech provide hands on explorations and activities to supplement many of the science units.
Kindergarten students receive additional instruction in the following areas:
Fine Motor lab-3 days a week
P. E.-3 days a week
Music- 2 days a week
Tech Lab-2 days a week
Art -1 day a week for an hour
Drama: Once a year, a representative from the Dallas Children’s Theater works with the class for 10 sessions to create an original drama production, which is performed for PHPS classmates.