Kindergarten

Each Kindergarten class is taught by a certified teacher and an assistant. Additional certified specialists instruct students in music, art, French, physical education, and computer technology. Reading, math, and science curriculum specialists work with teachers and students to enrich the learning experience. Learning through play continues in Kindergarten. Teachers set up an environment of purposeful learning centers and activities, incorporate small group instruction and implement varied teaching strategies to reach all learners. Classes begin at 8:00 a.m. and dismiss at 2:55 p.m. The Southfield Extended Day program is available until 5:30 p.m. and early drop-off are available beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Language Arts
The “Superkids” program by the Rowland Reading Foundation is a highly motivating program that provides a comprehensive and fluid curriculum in language and literacy, and emphasizes skills in listening, speaking, writing, and reading. Children are engaged with delightful characters, captivating songs and enriching activities while developing phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Children participate in hands-on, thematically-based activities to develop their understanding of the written and spoken language. Kindergarten students visit the library weekly for storytime with the Library Director.

Math
The University of Chicago Everyday Math program provides an exciting, hands-on approach that encourages children to think through mathematical experiences and develop deep, meaningful concepts in numeration, operations, patterns and functions, geometry, measurement, money, clocks, data collection, and analysis. The Southfield Math Specialist visits classrooms weekly to provide engaging and challenging math activities for students.

Science
The Science curriculum evolves from the premise that young children develop conceptual understandings of things they experience. The science program encourages children to experiment, predict, organize data, classify data, sequence, describe, make conclusions, and solve problems. Teachers facilitate this process as it relates to themes of study such as plant life, animal life, natural habitats, astronomy, space, and magnetism. Children also visit the STEAM science lab once a month for a hands-on lesson with the Science Specialist.

Social Studies
Kindergarten students participate in a variety of activities which incorporate music, art, drama, and cooking to introduce them to new cultures and how other traditions differ from their own. Activities include a family Thanksgiving Feast, a study of Ancient China, field trips, and the study of continents. They enjoy buddy relationships with fourth-grade students and participate in school-wide Flag Ceremonies and the Southfield Civilization Fair. They develop and apply skills in independent learning, creativity, critical thinking, inquiry, and writing.

Technology
Technology is applied to learning in the classroom setting through the student use of science equipment (magnifying glasses, magnets, balances, etc.) and multimedia equipment (CD players, iPads, etc.). Children also visit the lower school computer lab 1-2 times each week where a certified computer specialist guides them through activities and the use of software to support curriculum instruction in language, literacy, math, science, and social studies. Kindergarten classrooms are also equipped with a projector and interactive whiteboard to enrich classroom lessons. Teachers are purposeful with technology experiences and encourage children to enjoy these opportunities with friends so that they build both cognitive and social skills.

Music
The kindergarten musical experience includes singing, movement, playing instruments, dancing, early music reading skills, listening skills, and music appreciation. Students receive instruction three days a week from a certified music teacher who addresses national music learning standards in creative ways. They participate in holiday programs, Civilization Fair and the Kindergarten play which develops acceptance and self-confidence in their abilities to perform and enjoy music in their lives. The children also study a “classical composer of the month” with the Southfield Orchestra Director.

Drama
Kindergarten students use classroom centers and daily experiences to explore dramatic roles in the play and learn cooperation skills. They also perform a play each year which integrates thematic classroom study with art and music.

French
Kindergarten students receive instruction in French twice weekly from a certified French teacher. The content- based program uses stories and music as contexts for language acquisition. Children develop primary oral skills and conversational French, as well as a beginning understanding of the written language through visual aids.

Art
Kindergarten students receive instruction from a certified teacher once a week. The goal is to immerse the child in the world of art through hands-on activities, the study of masterworks and contemporary works, and utilization of a variety of artistic media. Children develop enthusiasm for art and enhanced motor skills. Classroom teachers also offer many varied art experiences which support curriculum themes.

Physical Education
Southfield Kindergarten students develop motor ability and cooperation skills during daily recess times with teachers. Twice weekly they participate in a comprehensive P.E. program taught by certified physical education specialists. Children develop strength, flexibility, and endurance while engaging in group and individual learning.