Our private kindergarten program introduces your child to a formal education while embracing the idea that every child is smart in his or her own way. We focus on meeting each individual child's developmental and educational needs. Children are guided and encouraged by our elite, experienced teachers, and advance through our program at their own pace.
Because children learn best when they are actively involved, each classroom includes rich learning materials for exploring. Self-directed investigations and play build problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Our teachers supplement these experiences with small group activities (groups of 12 to 18 children) that encourage socialization. We give children the foundations that prepare them for an International Elementary School setting, and set them on a path of life-long learning and success. Whether enrolled full- or part-time, your child will benefit from Saint Annie's exclusive kindergarten program.
ABOUT THE CURRICULUM♪
Our curriculum is aligned with the California Department of Education's Common-Core Standards, and follows the principal guidelines for developmentally appropriate practices set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Our teaching method is based on extensive research and inspired by the work of respected development/early education theorists Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson and Lev Vygotsky, and inspired by Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences. We’ve arranged these multiple intelligences into eight distinct ways that kids can be SMART;
● WordSmart: Likes to read, write and tell stories and excels at learning and using new words.
● MathSmart: Explores patterns and numbers, and enjoys figuring out how things work.
● BodySmart: Uses body language, loves to move and play sports, excels at dancing and other physical activity.
● Picture-DesignSmart:“The visualizer” loves to understand maps, draw, build, design and create.
● MusicSmart: Has a natural sense of rhythm, and enjoys singing, playing instruments and listening to music.
● NatureSmart: Likes to be outside and care for living things.
● PeopleSmart: “The socializer” likes to work in groups, pretend to be someone else, and is sensitive to the feelings of others.
● SelfSmart: Likes to be introspective, is in-tune with their personal feelings and thoughts and enjoys working alone.
Our curriculum gives children the tools they need to grow and develop into the leaders of
tomorrow. Along with a strong emphasis on mathematics and literacy skills, our program
gives children a framework they can use throughout school - they learn to love learning.
● Conversation Play Circle: (Free conversation about teacher and/or student initiated topics.)
● Calendar: (Days of the week, months, year, weather and seasons)
● Rhythmic: (Monthly Songs and Stretching)
● Phonics: (ABC, CVC, DC-Phonics, Sight Words)
● Language Arts: (Reading, Writing, Grammar, Vocabulary, Spelling)
● Dramatic Play: (Role playing, Pretending)
● Break Time: The children are free to do what they want during this time.
● Math: Counting, Sorting, Graphing, Pattering, Sequencing, Addition, Subtraction, Geometry
● Indoor/Outdoor Activity: Art & Crafts, Cooking, Computer Training, Science, Music, Walk and Theme Activities
● Active Play: Sports; Rhythm, Balance, Coordination, and Movement
● Lunch Time: Children practice table manners and have free conversation about their lunches.
● Manipulation Tasks: This activity is to help children acquire fine motor and gross motor skills. Each activity is to provide self initiated individual learning. Some fine motor activities include: pouring water, transferring/lacing beads, LEGOs, and Origami. Some Gross Motor activities include: balancing, climbing, jumping, rolling, swinging, throwing, and much more.
● Computers: Word processing, computer navigation, graphics skills, and visual mapping basics.
● Circle Time: Daily review, Story time, Relax time, Silent book reading, Free time.
● Recess: Get ready to go home and sing the good-bye song.
◆ Mini Field Trips: Spring / Summer / Autumn / Winter (4 Times a Year.)
09:05 Play Circle / Calendar/ Rhythmic
09:25 Textbook (Phonics,Language Arts,Math)
10:25 Indoor / Outdoor Activity
10:45 Active Play: Sports / Free Play
11:45 Lunch Time
12:15 Daily Activity (Manipulation Task)
13:00 Computers (CDR Program)
13:40 Circle Time (Daily Review/Story Time)
13:55 Good-bye Preparation
14:00 Recess / Go home
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM♪
14:00 Free Play with Legos
14:30 Music: Rhythmic
15:00 Park: Sports and Free Play
17:00 Art Time
18:00 Recess / Go home