Our language arts program will be divided into and taught in four different areas using the Reading Street curriculum; Guided Reading, Writing, Phonics and Whole Group Instruction. The combination of these four areas will provide a strong language foundation. Guided reading will be taught through a variety of fiction and nonfiction literature both in small and large group settings. Your child will write each day. The different forms of writing will be guided through the Write from the Beginning Model and the six traits of writing: ideas, word choice, organization, voice, sentence fluency, and conventions. Phonics will be taught through a hands-on approach that
builds phonemic awareness, letter/sound recognition and improves decoding skills. Your child will have the opportunity to work each day independently at his/her own level using a modified version of The Daily 5! This is a great way to build self-confidence and a life-long love for reading.
Eureka Math is the adopted math curriculum of the Deer Valley Unified School District. The program provides a balance of concepts and skills. Traditional skills and procedures are covered through hands-on practice.
Our class will be participating in both Small Reading Group and Whole Group instruction. These reading groups will help us provide a more individualized instruction to help meet the needs of all children. Small Reading Groups will meet 2-3 days a week in an independent learning format (Daily 5). Whole group instruction will be teacher directed. Students are grouped and regrouped according to their own instructional needs.
Social Studies and Science
The Core Knowledge Curriculum is utilized through hands-on experiences, thematic units, learning centers and authentic literature. Some of the themes this year will include: Native Amerians, Seven Continents, Presidents, Symbols of our Country, The Five Senses, Magnetism, Weather and many more. In addition we are in our 2nd year of STEM integration. We will be involved in a STEM lesson on a monthly basis that follow along with the season and or concept being taught.
A variety of technology will be incorporated into the curriculum and used to enhance student learning. Students will have the opportunity to explore different types of technology and a variety of computer software.
A variety of assessment tools are used in kindergarten. These include daily observations, Kindergarten benchmark tests, Developmental Reading Assessments, unit written assessments, weekly progress monitoring for phonemic awarness and phonics, writing portfolios, and DIBELS Reading Assessments. Report Cards will also be sent home quarterly.