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OWLS - KINDERGARTEN

Who am I in my family and community and how do my family and community form me?

Peregrine's Owls program provides a balance of academics, intellectual challenge, and play. Children are exposed to rich content and intellectual stimulation, while having opportunities to learn as young children learn best, through play and exploration. Teachers provide opportunities for children to discover their own answers about the world rather than simply
giving the answers.

READING AND WRITING

Writer’s Workshop is used as a time to provide direct instruction in personal narrative and informational texts. Through mini-lessons, children learn about all stages of the writing process from brainstorming to drafting, editing, and revising.  Kindergartners also work in small reading groups where they receive direct instruction in phonemic awareness and reading comprehension strategies. Groups are dynamic as students progress and master skills.

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MATHEMATICS

Math in kindergarten provides a student-centered, hands-on environment for students to explore and discuss the meaning of mathematics. It is a time to expose children to the concept that math is all around them.

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SOCIAL STUDIES

Kindergarten is the year children typically spend getting to know themselves and the community in which they learn. Children become more conscious of their surroundings and their place in them and want to have ownership over their space and feel close to it. By assuming the role of social detectives, children learn to observe, record findings, gather evidence, interview, deliberate, and conclude. These high-level thinking skills form the foundation for lifelong learning and fulfill children’s intellectual needs.

SOCIO-EMOTIONAL/FREE CHOICE

Kindergarten students have daily time for indoor and outdoor play. Through play, students develop social skills such as collaboration, cooperation, empathy, and self-regulation. Child-initiated play allows students to pursue individual interests and passions in the company of peers. It also provides opportunities for creative thinking, problem-solving, creation, and application of prior learning. Play also provides a context for children to apply newly acquired skills, such as writing and mathematical concepts.

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