In Kindergarten, the program expands into three classrooms of about 20 children each and continues in this form through fifth grade. Two teachers lead each classroom, modelling the collaborative relationships that exist throughout the school and encouraging the formation of positive character skills.
Children rotate through a variety of center-based activities, some of which are directed by teachers and others that are initiated by children. Using the "Sounds In Motion" and "Handwriting Without Tears" programs, children begin to associate letters and sounds, and sound out words for reading and writing. They practice capital letters and are introduced to the formation of lower case letters. They discuss the meaning of stories that are read to them and begin to write their own stories, experiencing the pleasure of authorship. They practice beginning math concepts, and apply them to practical experiences such as recording attendance, tracking the weather, and analyzing the "taste test of the day." Science continues to emphasize environmental studies. Children spend the most of the day with their homebase teachers and classmates, but also work with specialist teachers in physical education, health and wellness, library, music, movement, and Spanish immersion.
Learning Through Moving
Lower School Drama and Spanish teacher Helena Garrabou-Vancells explains the connection between movement and learning.