Kindergarten: Class Descriptions

Morning and Afternoon Kindergarten classes are for children of teachers and teacher assistants only.

Morning Kindergarten

9:00 AM – 11:40 AM

Class Description: Morning Kindergarten focuses on exploring phonics and math using worksheets, games, and music. Students work on number sense, including skip counting, patterns, addition, and number order.

There will be no homework, but please bring a folder to put worksheets in. Also, students must bring their own snack (not sugary snacks, please). Every week we have show and tell; it is up to the parent if they may bring something to show.

Please Note: This class is only available to the children of Teachers and Assistant Teachers. Students must be 4 by November and know their alphabet and sounds, be able to count to 10 and follow directions.

Afternoon Kindergarten

12:20 AM – 3:30 PM

Class Description: The purpose of this class is to…

  • Introduce students to musical content that gives them a vocabulary in which to understand musical concepts, e.g., the vocabulary for musical notation; a vocabulary for musical expression; a vocabulary of musical genre (song, orchestra, ballet, opera, symphony, etc.; a vocabulary of musical composers (Serge Prokovief as in “Peter and the Wolf”; Camille Saint-Saens as in “The Carnival of the Animals; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as in “A Little Night Music.”
  • Train students to respond to cues for being ready to sing, when to clap in a song, when to do the actions in a song, when not to sing, and how to end together a song together.
  • Some of the songs that will be introduced are: Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho, Miss Mary Mack, Did You Feed My Cow, Baby Birdie, Doe a Dear.
  • Sharpen students’ sensitivity to sound by having them focus on one thing like a tuning fork pitch, identifying instrument sounds.
  • Introduce cumulative songs to teach patterns as well as memory such as Old MacDonald Had a Farm, I’ve a Pair of Oxen, Hush Little Baby Don’t Say a Word, She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain, Down by the Bay (for rhyming and making up verses).
  • Use “Timothy Tunes” for ear training and movement and performance (on bells). “Ella Jenkins” songbook for call and response songs (Miss Mary Mack, Did You Feed My Cow, Mary Mack, Pick a Bale of Cotton)
  • Use puppets for teaching musical notation: quarter notes, half notes, whole notes, eighth notes and notation for rests.

Please Note:  This class is only available to the 4 and 5 year old children of Teachers and Assistant Teachers. Teachers should leave students in the afternoon class only as long as they are teaching. .

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