Kindergarten at ACA
Systems and Routines
At ACA we believe in systems and routines for all grades. We have found that if we turn something as simple as transitioning from student desks to the carpet in the morning, if turn that into a routine we can save up to 100 hours of instructional time by the end of the year! The following video shows what it looks like in an actual ACA kindergarten classroom in the morning.
Lucy Calkins Writing Program
Lucy Calkins Teaches writing as a process and breaks it down into manageable parts that make it easier for children to grasp. For example: every story has a beginning, middle and end. While our kindergarteners might not be able to write comprehensive stories they can TELL stories through pictures and eventually learn to express their thoughts in words. Here is an example of the Lucy Calkin’s writing process:
Our kindergarten curriculum is 100% aligned to National Standards for ELA and Math. Our math curriculum is called Engage Math. It is based on critical thinking and problem solving. It is not focused on memorization but rather what numbers and math look like, visually and how to use them in the real world. Parents and students have access to the Math books online.
The Engage English Language Arts curriculum focuses on reading foundations: letter names and sounds, phonome segmentation (breaking words down into individual sounds), nonsense words (practicing blending sounds of letters to make words), rhyming, sight words. There is a focus on reading for understanding and comprehension. Our kindergarteners focus on both fiction and non-fiction when doing comprehension lessons.
We benchmark test all of our students 4 times a year. In August, it gives us an idea of what they know, they usually won’t score high. They take it again in December, when we should start to see progress. It shows their growth each quarter and parents have access to all scores online. Assessments empower kids to know where they are at and where we may need to improve on our instruction and our curriculum.
How to prepare your child for Kindergarten at ACA
Practice tracing, letter names, letter sounds
Work on the concept of numbers 0-10
Hands on play to increase motor skills (playdough, finger paint, coloring etc.)
Visit the Starfall website (free) (link to www.starfall.com)
For the regular kindergarten program, students need to be 5 by August 31st of the current school year. If a student turns 5 between September 1st and December 31st of that current school year, this makes them eligible for our Early Kindergarten program. We have a limited number of spots for this program and once it’s full, students will go to the waitlist and are eligible to roll their application over for Regular Kinder the following school year. Please Note: this is NOT a Pre-K program, it is considered Kindergarten and if the student is ready, they will promote to 1st grade the following school year, please read about all the details of our program HERE.