Kindergarten

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The kindergarten program is a joyful transition from nursery school to a full day of meaningful learning experiences.

Our personalized, academic curriculum is designed to meet the unique needs of children and to enable them to progress at their own pace. Parents are delighted by how quickly their children adapt to the challenges of our stimulating and enriched environment.






Reading & Writing

Reading-readiness is taught in small, flexible groupings through a multi-sensory curriculum that focuses on phonics, sight word-acquisition, and a variety of language experiences. The program includes the regular use of emergent readers, literature, poetry, chart stories, storytelling, and individualized journal writing. As topics are explored, students have opportunities to contribute to class-created books. They also dictate their ideas and stories to the classroom teachers and draw accompanying pictures. Literacy centers allow students to participate in a variety of hands-on, self-directed activities and developmental learning games, which are designed to reinforce and enhance their beginning reading, spelling, and writing skills.

Kindergarten students also participate in the Writers' Workshop program weekly. The goal of the program is for children to write what they know by selecting topics that are personally meaningful and relevant to them. Through focused mini-lessons and individual conferences with the teacher, students enhance their craft as early writers and become independent authors of a variety of literary pieces. The children are encouraged to share their writings with their classmates so as to gain experience in communicating their personal experiences and ideas in a sequential and interesting format.

Singapore Math

The Singapore Math program enhances students' higher-level thinking and understanding of real-life mathematical concepts, including time, money, graphing, patterning, geometry (shapes), and measuring. Taught in small, flexible groups, the program allows for each child’s readiness-level to be carefully weighed and considered. The foundation of mathematical thinking is carefully laid concretely, pictorially, and conceptually. These skills are fostered through direct, hands-on interaction with manipulatives (Stern Blocks, Unifix Cubes, counters, and games) and with mathematical connections to the students’ everyday world. Children further explore computational strategies and critical thinking skills through the solving of weekly word problems.

Social Studies

Social studies allows children to begin to expand their understanding of people in their environment—from self, to family, to school, to community, to country. Citizenship, heroes, community helpers, and seasonal holidays are often the focus of classroom lessons. Students also explore basic mapping-skills and participate in a winter Brotherhood performance - a beautiful celebration of friends, family, the holiday season, and their sister country, the United States of America, through song, dance, and music-making. Additionally, they are featured in the Earth Day Assembly, where they sing and present several poems honoring our earth.

Global Education

As part of our Global Education program, the children connect with like-aged peers at a sister schools in Washington D.C. and Virginia, participating in pen pal letter and photo gallery exchanges and collaborating on other interactive projects.

Character Education/Service Learning

By participating in our acclaimed Character Education/Service Learning program, our young students learn responsibility, cooperation, and respect for others. More specifically, as leaders of our school's Toy Drive, our students share the joy of the holiday season by providing a wide range of toys to the Lowman families through the generosity and sharing spirits of the Laurence School families and community. As part of our Environmental Studies and Earth Awareness themes, the children earn funds to "adopt" endangered Florida manatees in the spring.

Buddy Program

Integral to our kindergarten curriculum is the social/emotional component. For our littlest Laurence attendees, the Buddy program reinforces and enhances a caring and nurturing kindergarten environment. To be mentored by sixth graders through meaningful, weekly social interactions, including special buddy activities, creates memories that will long be remembered.

Science

The kindergarten science program encourages children to become “young scientists,” eager to explore the world around them. Our curriculum is designed to nurture their interests through engaging and purposeful activities. Units of study include using the five senses, living things (animals and plants), weather, seasons, and oceanography. Through the school-wide theme Earth Day, Every Day: Go Global, Go Green, the children begin to build responsibility and awareness of ways to keep the earth healthy. To enhance their studies, our students take a field trip to Tree People and discover many useful and wonderful things about trees and the urban forest in the Los Angeles area.

Our fully equipped indoor science lab, outdoor gardens, and ecosystems provide a unique setting for hands-on experiments which foster young children’s natural curiosity, while providing opportunities for them to care for plants as well as animals. Online, parents can find an interactive science curriculum, which is helpful to both teachers and students in the classroom as well as their families at home.
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