80 Skills Kids Should Have Before They Start Kindergarten

Curriculum Map at a Glance (K-5)

Specific Kindergarten Curriculum Map

Kindergarten Program Description

Monday- Thursday Full Day Schedule: Academic Kindergarten
– 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
• Cursive instruction
• Reading groups
• Math groups
• Spelling
• History/Geography
• Science Exploration
• Lunch & Recess (11:15 AM-12:00 PM)
• Regroup & Rest Time: Listening to music and stories
• Specials: Music, Art, PE (one special per day)
• Movement / Exercise / Recess
• Core Knowledge: Literature
• Learning Centers
• Vocabulary

Friday Schedule: Early Release (1:30 PM for students)
• Friday Assembly (All JICES)
• Cursive instruction
• Seatwork
• Reading groups
• Specials: Music, Art, PE (one special per day)
• Vocabulary & Language Exploration
• Lunch & Recess (11:15 AM-12:00 PM)
• Regroup & Rest Time: Listening to music and stories
• Science exploration
• Movement / Exercise / Recess

Supplemental Program Elements- Description in Detail
• Vocabulary
• Study of Nursery Rhymes – Discussing meaning, acting out important scenes
• Recalling story sequences through use of words (e.g. beginning, middle, and end)
• Hearing good children’s literature read aloud with questions asked to stimulate thoughtful reflection
• Conversation skills – speaking in complete sentences using rich vocabulary, using correct word order & grammar

Core Knowledge Science
• Plants and plant growth
• Seasons and Weather
• The Human Body – 5 senses and taking care of your body
• Animals and their needs

Motor Skills
• Coloring
• Craft time: using scissors and gluing to encourage eye-hand coordination and creativity
• Centers time: imaginative play (with puppets), building blocks, connecting items, phonics and picture reviews,
• Puzzles, practice tying foam shoes, playdough, sequencing stories, math activities, magnet play

Social Skills
• Learning to work with all classmates, taking turns, sharing
• Following simple and multi-step directions
• Character Pillars and Traits are reinforced
(e.g., what “respect” looks like and sounds like)