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 Director.
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 Specialist.
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
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.