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 for Morning Meeting, in which math, language, social studies and science topics are covered informally. The class observes the weather, talks about what month and day it is, and participates in group discussion. The monthly character trait might be discussed during this time.
Phonics skills are taught in a whole group or small group setting using a combination of programs. Multisensory activities as well as interactive SMART board activities provide opportunities to teach and practice phonics 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 programs Teach Your Monster To Read and IXL 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. A daily journal is used to practice these skills.
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.
Our math curriculum scaffolds to meet the needs of individual students with hands-on learning and visual models that support and optimize the learning experience. The visual models, including bar models, help students develop the ability to visualize mathematical situations, which is key to becoming a successful problem solver. The emphasis on the concrete-pictorial-abstract (CPA) approach allows students to gain a deeper conceptual understanding through manipulatives, diagrams and models, and then, abstract symbols. The PHPS math curriculum is supplemented with Greg Tang’s new interactive website that aligns with the concrete-pictorial-abstract approach, and the IXL online math program that enhances skills practice.
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.
Fine Motor lab-4 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.