The Kindergarten Literacy Program provides students with balanced instruction that enhances each child’s individual skills and experiences. Balanced literacy instruction is characterized by meaningful literacy activities that provide children with both the skills and motivation to become proficient readers and writers. Literature and informational texts are used with individuals, small groups, or whole class instruction utilizing leveled books, a literature anthology, and online resources. The Literacy Program includes word study, grammar, spelling, development of skills and strategies, responding to texts, listening, and speaking. In kindergarten students are developing a foundation as readers and writers. Throughout the year students learn grade level concepts and skills that support them as emerging readers and writers. In kindergarten, students study three different types of writing: opinion, information, and narrative writing. A writer’s workshop approach is utilized. Students write for different purposes and specific audiences, revising and editing their writing as appropriate. Mentor texts are used to provide students with exemplars of the types of writing that they are studying. The course is aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.
The Kindergarten Math Program is intended to develop students’ understanding of mathematical concepts and skills through concrete real world applications. The strands focus on developing students’ skills and concepts in the areas of operations and algebraic thinking, numbers and operations in base-10, measurement and data, and geometry. A spiraling curriculum is used that introduces key concepts to students at a young age and covers these concepts repeatedly, with increasing degrees of complexity. The mathematics program in kindergarten provides a variety of developmentally appropriate learning opportunities to assist students in becoming mathematically literate. Within the content of the program, an emphasis is placed on problem-solving strategies, which develop critical thinking. Students use the language of math to draw, write, and talk about their learning. The course is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. This course will prepare students to employ mathematical practices and content for first grade.
The Kindergarten Science Program engages students in scientific inquiry and investigation. In kindergarten grade, students learn about the world around them through the study of earth, life, and physical science concepts and engineering design. During the year, students learn about pushes and pull; weather and climate; and, relationships in ecosystems. Students are engaged in inquiry lessons, as well as researching and reporting. The course is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
In the Kindergarten Social Studies Program Program, students focus on the individual and their environment. In this context, students will develop content and skills related to civics, economics, history, and geography using an inquiry approach to learning. Students learn about themselves as unique individuals and make connections to their place in the world. The course is aligned to the American Education Reaches Out (AERO) Standards.
Elementary Myanmar Studies curriculum and basic Myanmar program include reading, writing, listening and speaking. Literacy instruction at the Kindergarten follows a development continuum. It is based on research that identifies the critical foundations for literacy learning. They will learn the alphabet, idioms, sound symbol relationships and will focus on the emergent communications skills in the areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students work at their appropriate levels of learning.
Myanmar Music and Dance
The purpose of teaching Myanmar Music and Dance is to understand the basic concepts of Myanmar Culture, to love Myanmar traditions and customs and to keep the essence and beauty of Myanmar. We will start from basic theory and practice. Myanmar traditions include singing, dancing and playing the instruments. In Kindergarten to Third Grade we learn traditional songs with the play (see and warr), Myanmar traditional dance (basic skills- head, waist, legs, and hands) and Myanmar festival dances. Students will learn basic skills of dancing Myanmar dance. Students will receive an explanation of the Myanmar day homage paying ceremony, special activities, and performances. Each student will understand and appreciate the importance of the Myanmar dances and basic skills to play instruments of Myanmar to follow up next level of learning.
At YIS we follow the NCAS Standards for Art Education under the umbrellas of Creating, Presenting, Responding and Connecting.
The Kindergarten Art Program focuses on developing students’ fine motor skills, introducing them to different mediums of art, as well as famous artists. In class students learn a wide range of art skills through the use of different mediums. Every level of the course builds upon knowledge learned the years before and deepens its study. The course is designed to keep the joy of creating, making, and experiencing art at the center by involving children in developmentally appropriate and holistic learning experiences.
The Kindergarten Music Program focuses on singing, performing, improvising, composing, listening, evaluating, history, reading and notating music. In class students learn a wide repertoire of music through singing, playing instruments, dancing, listening and performing. Every level of the course builds upon knowledge learned the years before and deepens its study. The course is designed to keep the joy of creating, making, and experiencing music at the center by involving children in developmentally appropriate and holistic learning experiences.
Kindergarten Physical Education continues to focus on the development of large and fine motor skills. Students are beginning to apply skills in team based sports settings and are learning basic tactics for gameplay. Students are learning how to manage their own behavior and self-assess their own development and also offer basic peer assessment for their classmates. Units for this course include Team Building, Fitness, Ultimate sports, Swimming, Invasion Games, Striking / Kicking & Fielding Games, Rhythm & Dance and Gymnastics.
Technology in Kindergarten introduces students to basic computer usage and handling skills. Students begin to understand basic navigation skills and are exposed to electronic resources. Students explore resources that address skills such as writing, reading, word study, math, and digital citizenship. KG students are also exposed to basic coding skills to enhance their problem solving skills.
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