Kindergarten students are in a constant state of motion, making discoveries and learning about their world all the time. A day in kindergarten is filled with many opportunities to develop foundational skills in early literacy based on how the brain learns to read. Students learn early numeracy concepts during the math workshop through hands-on practice and math games. Kindergarten students study Self and Others in social studies. In science they learn about weather, forces, and living things. Kindergarten students apply their learning to their work in academic and play centers. They begin to learn about social skills to navigate their environment with an emphasis on awareness of self and others. They practice safe, responsible, and respectful decision making.
A typical day includes whole group and small group instruction in the core content areas. Students learn through shared, guided and independent practice of concepts and skills. In addition to core content areas, students attend a 45-minute class in Visual Arts, Performing Arts, STEM or Library Media, and a 30-minute Physical Education and Health class daily.
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is responsible for setting student learning expectations (standards) for what all students should know and be able to do as a result of skilled instruction. Each local school district develops curricula based on these established standards. Read more on the NYSED Standards & Instruction website.