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Kindergarten

Highlights of the program include:

Art

  • » Explore a variety of media
  • » Experiment with tearing, pasting, cutting, painting and drawing
  • » Practice composition, arranging images and objects for clarity and interest
  • » Learn the color wheel and mix colors for various effects
  • » Observe and draw anything using line and shape

Language Arts

  • » Develop phonemic awareness by matching and manipulating sounds
  • » Write letters and solidify sound/symbol correspondence
  • » Begin to recognize basic sight words and decode simple word families
  • » Browse developmentally appropriate books, reading by words or pictures
  • » Listen to and discuss a variety of texts to develop comprehension and vocabulary
  • » Demonstrate knowledge of left-to-right writing progression
  • » Dictate, illustrate and use invented spelling to create stories and journal entries

Library

  • » Learn citizenship rules and procedures
  • » Develop awareness of library terminology and organization
  • » Listen to read-alouds from a variety of genres
  • » Respond to literature using art, puppets, dramatics, discussion
  • » Locate and explore picture book and easy reader collections

Mandarin

  • » Learn basic vocabulary related to daily life (greetings, calendar, self, school)
  • » Develop familiarity with the sounds of the language
  • » Practice word recognition, reading and listening skills
  • » Gain familiarity with basic Chinese characters
  • » Explore Chinese holidays, customs, stories, songs and nursery rhymes

Mathematics

  • » Read simple graphs
  • » Sort and classify by various attributes
  • » Create, recognize, and extend patterns
  • » Understand one-to-one correspondence
  • » Deconstruct and reconstruct numbers in variety of ways
  • » Use non-standard forms of measurement
  • » Sequence and identify causality between events
  • » Identify, describe, compare, and compose shapes

Music

  • » Sing alone and with others
  • » Explore different ways to move to music
  • » Listen, discuss, and react to great works of music
  • » Experiment with playing a steady beat
  • » Play an instrument during a song (a beat, a rhythm, a rest)

Outdoor Education

  • » Experience an overnight trip to Costanoa; explore tide pools and other coastal habitats.

Physical Education

  • » Follow safety and instruction guidelines
  • » Play cooperatively with a partner, take turns
  • » Move through space while maintaining control

Science

  • » Gather information using all of the senses
  • » Identify cause and effect (sound, magnets, light)
  • » Conduct simple investigations (“Guess and Test”)
  • » Record data (sketch, tally, label)
  • » Communicate findings verbally

Self-Science

  • » Learn value of self and others
  • » Celebrate differences
  • » Build and nurture friendships
  • » Identify and manage feelings
  • » Work cooperatively
  • » Resolve conflicts through communication

Social Studies

  • » Understand the responsibilities of community members
  • » Honor and express individuality, family traditions, cultural heritage
  • » Identify people who help, and the specialized tools and skills they use
  • » Explore examples of kindness, honor, and bravery throughout history
  • » Investigate community needs and participate in service project

Spanish

  • » Learn basic vocabulary (daily greetings, numbers 1-10, colors)
  • » Develop familiarity with the sounds of the language
  • » Practice word recognition, reading and listening skills
  • » Begin to associate sounds with written symbols
  • » Explore holidays, customs, stories, songs and nursery rhymes

Technology

  • » Demonstrate appropriate use and care of resources
  • » Learn to perform basic commands (open, select, save, print, close)
  • » Practice basic gestures (swipe, scroll, pinch)
  • » Create artworks using photo and drawing programs

Keys School - Lower Campus · 2890 Middlefield Road · Palo Alto, CA · 94306
Keys School - Middle Campus · 3981 El Camino Real · Palo Alto, CA · 94306

Phone: 650-328-1711