A Typical Kindergarten Day
7:40-8:30 Morning Jobs & Centers
8:30-9:00 Morning Circle
10:00-10:30 Outside Play/ PE (Tuesday & Thursday)
11:00-11:30 Enrichments: French, Math Enrichment, Science Lab, Art, Cooking
12:30-1:00 Outside Play
1:00-2:00 Snack/ Rest Time
2:00-2:30 Enrichments: Music, Computer, Library
2:30-3:00 Closing Circle
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.
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
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.