Welcome to the Kindergarten Stage of Mind – The World of Connections
During the Kindergarten year, children are developmentally entering a new stage of mind. This is the time to build upon their natural curiosity to connect with the world around them, ask questions, understand complex concepts, experience the process of learning, form ideas, communicate, and learn.
The Kindergarten year is the year of enriched experiences, meaningful dialogues, passionate discoveries, imagination, creativity, spontaneity, delving deep into big research and science projects integrated with language arts and math and using critical thinking skills.
The optimal environment for the Kindergarten age child is small, supportive, community, where students’ imagination, curiosity, strengths and needs are individually nurtured through individualized, inquiry-based and challenging learning.
At Spring Hill, our Kindergarten students have weekly goals derived from an extensive curriculum guide providing a constant assessment of each child’s learning. Kindergartners are supported in becoming active in their learning by being encouraged to try new things, ask questions, take risks, observe, think logically and critically, anticipate outcomes, push boundaries, chart, graph, solve problems, explore, and discover.
The conventional “one size fits all” does not serve our children’s education anymore!
Spring Hill’s Kindergarten students are classroom leaders, peer mentors, teacher helpers, and role models to their younger classmates. They blossom emotionally, intellectually, and socially in ways not common in children this age.
Our full-day Kindergarten program provides students the opportunity to become joyful learners, developing concentration skills and engaging in the process of discovery, as they learn how to think scientifically by asking questions and being encouraged to hypothesize, research, test and draw conclusions.
The morning program, with a traditional Montessori multi-age class, gives students the opportunity to use advanced Montessori materials that challenge their inquisitive minds. Our older students master their skills by becoming “teachers” to their younger classmates when excitedly they share their knowledge by proudly and patiently giving lessons.
The afternoon presents opportunities for Kindergartners to delve more deeply into intellectual explorations in the areas of language arts and mathematics, including the weekly Science and Math Through Architecture classes with our staff specialists. Through this program our children develop more fully into unique individuals who comprehend and formulate questions and ideas about their immediate world.
Our Kindergartners spend one afternoon per month at our Elementary Academy working with the Elementary students – their peer mentors – and teachers. During these work days, Kindergarten students participate in advanced science and design activities, often working in the outdoor classroom at this unique and beautiful natural-setting campus.
Kindergarten students develop important skills and habit for future academic success. They learn to be responsible for their learning and independent learners. They learn how to use their time in a constructive manner and to start and finish a project in a given time period. They gain skills for doing research projects based on science experiments, charting and graphing their findings, using a variety of resources such as encyclopedias, library, computers, surveys, and interviews. The program focuses on a strong science and math curriculum and more sophisticated language and cultural activities. A variety of subject-related field trips, guest speakers, and community projects are part of the Kindergarten program.
Students build on their math and language skills as they develop a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts and more experience as readers and writers.
Our whole-child educational philosophy and approach is attentive not only to our students’ intellectual development, but just as important, focuses on the social and emotional development and maturity of each student. We support our children as they experience the many facets of relationships with their friends, helping them acquire the tools they need to be a team player, to make choices that work for them and their friends, to practice kindness and respect, to learn empathy. We believe that a strong “sense of self” gives children the foundation for success in academics and life.
Mathematics – The Stimulating World of Numbers
Spring Hill Kindergartners love math! The concept of numbers and ability to count in classrooms are taught through a series of concrete materials teaching the quantity of numbers 1-10, concept of zero, odd and even numbers, the teens, the tens, hundreds and thousands and their numerical relationships. Once students have a concrete understanding of mathematical concepts, symbols are introduced.
The solid understanding of mathematics principles Spring Hill Kindergarten students gain prepares them for more abstract concepts. They internalize the concepts of quantity, sequence, decimal system, place value, and explore the processes of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
Our Kindergarten graduates think math is easy and fun! They have the math skills that traditional schools usually teach in 2nd or 3rd grade. Many of our graduates credit their aptitude in math to the math foundation they received as Spring Hill students.
Language Arts – The Absorbing World of Words, Stories and Art
Spring Hill Kindergartners excel in language arts as they continue to develop advanced language abilities. Our Kindergarten graduates have the skills needed to articulate and communicate their thoughts and feelings clearly with full sentences, write creatively about them and a variety of subjects using skillful handwriting. They can read and are excited to practice and challenge themselves by reading stories of their choosing.
Social and Emotional Learning
Kindergarten students have a keen sense of responsibility. Small size and multi-aged classrooms provide rich opportunities for our children to build strong relationships, gain social and emotional maturity, learn and practice collaboration and teamwork. They become self-directed, confident to seek help, and enthusiastic to offer help by mentoring their classmates, and practicing real life problem solving and choice making.
Flourishing academically, emotionally, intellectually, and socially is what distinguishes Spring Hill School’s whole child, integrated, science-based Kindergarten and Elementary curriculum from every other.