Kindergarten is your child's first experience with formal education. Since this primary year provides a foundation for success in the grades that follow, it is very important that your child is in a class where they feel nurtured and supported. At Jahn, we will provide your child with an academic experience that is loving, nurturing, inclusive and holistic. We are dedicated to providing our students with an environment that will support their developmental needs at all levels while also encouraging student autonomy.
When you walk into our Kindergarten classrooms you will find a calm and comfortable atmosphere conducive to student learning. We aim to provide our students with a setting that is inclusive, differentiated, and organized in a way that supports their independence. We believe that students at this early age benefit from healthy practices that support social/emotional development.
Our classroom philosophies and practices are guided by the belief that they promote feelings of confidence, safety, and academic growth in our students. A healthy learning environment will always be buzzing with noise, that’s how you know children are learning! At Jahn, our kindergarteners are busy all day long. Our teachers create schedules to ensure that students are provided adequate time to support their needs in different academic and developmental areas. We value family involvement and firmly believe that students are more successful through an established partnership between home and school. It is very important that we communicate with families regularly so that we can best support our students.
Kindergarteners at Jahn will formally be introduced to the different academic areas through established curriculums and best practices. Below we have listed the different content areas and the curriculum associated with that subject area.
Guided Reading: Teachers introduce and model how to interact with text while reading by guiding a book discussion, making teaching points after reading, and engaging students in targeted word work to help them learn more about how words work. We extend comprehension through writing, drawing, further discussion, and rhyme/song. This approach to literacy allows us to differentiate for students to help them be successful learners.
STEP: STEP™, or Strategic Teaching and Evaluation of Progress, is an acclaimed system designed to help students learn to read. The system provides tools to help teachers assess students' literacy levels. Each level within STEP is organized into a developmentally sequenced set of tasks that help teachers understand the developmental status of each student, or each class, at any point during the school year. STEP’s data management tool allows teachers to analyze their progress over time. STEP assessments are woven into classroom practice as part of regular literacy instruction, rather than stand as a separate activity external to teaching.
Students in kindergarten use JUMP Math, which is an award-winning non-profit dedicated to helping people lead more fulfilled lives. The evidence-based curricula replaces math anxiety with an understanding and a love of math in students and
In JUMP Math lessons, students practice inquiry in manageable steps. They are expected to discover and understand mathematical concepts by answering questions and working through challenges on their own, but they are also provided with a good deal of rigorous guidance and support from the teacher. This balance of discovery with feedback, scaffolding, assessment and explicit instruction is now well supported by research. The teacher asks a series of Socratic questions and gives students incrementally harder challenges and activities, with immediate assessment and feedback.
FOSS- The Full Option Science System™ (FOSS) philosophy is to engage students in science through active learning. Every FOSS investigation follows a similar design to provide multiple exposures to science concepts. The design includes these pedagogies:
- Active investigation, including outdoor experiences
- Recording in science notebooks to answer the focus question
- Reading in FOSS Science Resources
- Assessment to monitor progress and motivate student reflection on learning
In practice, these components are seamlessly integrated into a continuum designed to maximize every student's opportunity to learn. An instructional sequence may move from one pedagogy to another and back again to ensure adequate coverage of a concept.