The Growing Places offers full-day KindergartenMath curriculum for both kindergarten and first grade. This guided curriculum emphasizes on the common core standards that are needed in successful Mathematics achievement for both Kindergarten and First Grade. Each unit begins with a per-assessment and ends with a post-assessment to recognize what was learned during the unit.
The Kindergarten/1st Grade classroom has a maximum class size of 16.
The Growing Place Kindergarten and First Grade classroom ultimately prepares each student educationally and spiritually for the first and second grade. As in any school, Kindergarten and First Grade are the foundation of a successful elementary career and that is no different in our classroom. However, our classroom keeps God and his word apparent. We begin and end our school day with prayer & study Bible stories.
In Literacy, we use a variety of different curriculum methods and insight. Weekly, we reinforce letter and letter sound recognition. With Kindergarten students, we begin learning sight words. We use a set of constructed sight word lists that are very similar to public school. With First Grade students this is all very similar just more challenging. Eventually, sight word knowledge leads to dynamic reading skills. Our classroom follows the F&P (Fountas and Pinnell) reading scale. Kindergarten and First Grade also work on the fundamentals of writing. Each morning students start their day with prompts that inspire creative writing and illustrating. While Kindergarten are focusing on constructing a successful sentence, First- Grade focuses on building their writing.
In Mathematics, we primarily use the Tara West Math curriculum for both kindergarten and first grade. This guided curriculum emphasizes on the common core standards that are needed in successful Mathematics achievement for both Kindergarten and First Grade. Each unit begins with a pre-assessment and ends with a post-assessment to recognize what was learned during the unit.
Other content areas included in our daily studies are social studies, art, and science.
In our classroom we are very hands-on with our work and do not solely rely on worksheets for academic success. Our students are also offered alternate seating and never consistently sit at the table to work.