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Kindergarten

The Kindergarten curriculum focuses on allowing students the opportunity to learn through inquiry while building on children's natural curiosity about the world around them.

In Kindergarten, instructional time should focus on three critical areas:

  1. exploring the physical properties of water and sand and how each moves;  
  2. developing ideas about the similarities and differences between each other; and
  3. exploring woodland and freshwater habitats through class maintained terraria and aquaria.
Unit Description Major Science Concepts
Sand and Water Students explore the physical properties of water, sand and bubbles and how each moves. Classes may focus on phenomena such as sinking and floating, bubble making or measurement.
  • Sand and water have similarities and differences in their physical properties and behaviors.
  • Students can raise and investigate questions.
Myself and Others and The Senses Students investigate similarities and differences between each other, especially with respect to their height, eyes, hair, skin, and hands. Students learn to use their senses as tools with which to observe and describe the world of objects around them.
  • Humans have similarities, differences and variation in physical characteristics.
  • Humans grow and develop over time.
  • Humans use senses (seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, smelling) to perceive the environment.
Organisms Students create and maintain a woodland habitat in the classroom containing pine seedlings, moss, pill bugs, and bess beetles. Students also set up, observe, and maintain a freshwater ecosystem of Elodea and Cabomba plants, pond snails, and guppies.
  • Plants and animals are two kinds of organisms.
  • There is a wide diversity of living things on earth.
  • Organisms have basic needs, such as food, water, air, space and shelter.