Kindergarten at The Harbor School
- Learning occurs through both play and direct instruction.
- Skills are acquired in a setting that promotes creativity and critical thinking.
- Individualized attention: student-teacher ratio of 6:1.
- Experienced Early Childhood Educators: two expert teachers in each classroom.
- Specials classes: P.E., Music, Library, Art, Spanish.
Kindergarten is an exciting time as the children and teachers work and play together to make learning an unforgettable and joyful experience. While learning through play is still an important cornerstone of the program, students are ready for cooperative work in a larger group setting with skill development in all areas as the goal. Kindergarteners also acquire social skills and are encouraged to show respect for themselves, adults, each other, and the environment through modeling and role-playing. In addition to providing an environment where children are happy and excited to come to school, Kindergarten teachers offer a challenging curriculum to help the children acquire the skills and behaviors that will promote their growth – socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically.
- Mindfulness and Responsive Classroom methodologies.
- Balanced literacy instruction includes Phonemic Awareness and Word Study, as well as Reading and Writing Workshop.
- Math instruction through the workshop approach: Everyday Math and Contexts for learning by Cathy Fosnott.
- Large and small motor development is encouraged through outdoor play, dance, arts and crafts, and Handwriting Without Tears instruction.
- Fun Fridays: Each week, students participate in a new theme that highlights topics of interest to them, like superheroes, hibernation, and PJ Day, to name a few.