A DAY IN THE LIFE
September 29, 2021
Waterford Kindergarten Program is designed to nurture a diverse community of learners with well-developed social skills. The Kindergarten classroom is a rich and lively environment where the joy of learning is central to the experience of each child. Kindergarten teachers take great care to provide developmentally-appropriate materials for children so that all are challenged, actively involved, and become confident in their abilities as lifelong learners.
The Waterford’s full-day Kindergarten program allows teachers to implement a comprehensive, research-based curriculum while developing personal relationships with each of their students. Although some parents may worry that a full-day kindergarten program is too much for their children, research shows that full-day kindergarten not only boosts students’ academic achievement, it also strengthens their social and emotional skills. (Full-day Kindergarten Helps Close the Achievement Gaps, NEA)"
A DAY IN THE LIFE
communicate their thoughts and ideas while developing crucial literacy skills. Waterford students build their vocabularies and expand their creative and critical thinking capacities as they respond to teacher-directed prompts and exercises. Teachers use journaling time to assess student Kindergarten teachers worker individually with students during journal time to assess writing abilities and identify students in need of a more supportive or challenging writing curriculum.
Specialized instruction in dance, Physical Education, library studies, art, science, and music is core to the Waterford Kindergarten program. These subjects are taught by experienced Lower School specialists who are experts and practitioners in their fields of study.
Students meet with Waterford’s science, art, dance, P.E., music, computer, and library specialists each week.
Dance and P.E. classes develop children’s locomotor and social skills, build self-confidence, and foster an appreciation for physical activity (GreatSchools).
Time Per Week
- Art: 40 min, 2 times per week
- Library: 40 min, 1 time per week
- Music: 40 min, 2 times per week
- Dance: 40 min, 1 time per week
- Physical Education: 40 min, 2 times per week
- Science: 40 min, 2 times per week
- Computer Lab: 25 min, 3 times per week
Visit the Waterford curriculum page to learn more about the Kindergarten specialist curriculum.
“Children need to have downtime between complex cognitive challenges. They tend to be less able to process information the longer they are held to a task. It’s not enough to just switch from math to English. You actually have to take a break.”
-Dr. Robert Murray, American
Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Kindergarten students spend 40 minutes each week with a library specialist in the Lower School library. Children are introduced to prominent authors of children’s literature and encouraged to take books of interest home to read with their families.
Research has also demonstrated that future reading difficulties can be prevented with early intervention in Kindergarten. Waterford teachers and reading specialists work closely with the Lower School Head and the Reading Program Director to provide students with individualized (1:1), direct and explicit tutoring from highly-trained reading tutors as needed.
Waterford Institute’s award-winning early learning software will take the student through a personalized reading, math, and science curriculum. Research shows that, when used appropriately, technology can play a valuable role in supporting and extending the benefits of traditional classroom instruction (Technology and YoungChildren, NAEYC). Well-designed early learning software engages children through fun and interactive activities that promote creative play, mastery learning, and problem-solving.
Waterford Kindergarten students benefit from spending time weekly in the computer and iPad labs with a technology specialist. The Waterford Institute’s software also provides teachers with a real-time assessment tool to monitor student progress.
Students also meet with art and science specialists each week. Longer class periods give specialists the time to engage students in hands-on art projects and science experiments.
Waterford’s experiential approach to science instruction utilizes labs and experiments to ignite each student’s love of the natural world. In art, students exercise their creativity through a variety of media. Students begin to experiment with line, space, form, value, and color.
Students break for another recess block before heading to math. Waterford provides it’s Kindergarten students access to an expansive outdoor classroom fully equipped with playing fields, age-appropriate playground equipment, and stunning views to the Wasatch mountains.
Teaching children to think, read, speak and write mathematically is the focus of the Waterford Kindergarten math curriculum. The pillars of Waterford’s math instruction are Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics (Singapore Math) and Investigations in Number, Data and Space (Pearson Education, Inc.).
Waterford’s comprehensive, activity-based approach guides young learners in building a strong conceptual foundation, skills based on that foundation, and a rich mathematical vocabulary. Hands-on tasks, meaningful activities, and thoughtful discussions engage students in developing mathematical understanding and insights each day.
Students explore rational numbers, geometry, measurement, data, computational fluency with whole numbers, reasoning, and early algebra, and the connections among these important areas of mathematics. Students build upon their existing mathematical ideas as they learn new concepts. This clear, focused, and coherent curriculum invites all learners into the exciting world of mathematics.
The Waterford Kindergarten program continues at home. Waterford parents are active participants in their child’s education. Each evening, students will practice the skills learned in the classroom at home in the form of purposeful and well-crafted homework, lasting 10 minutes per evening. Parents and teachers are partners in the learning process; teachers are in constant communication with parents and send home detailed progress reports twice per year, supplemented by three parent-teacher conferences held in the middle of each term.
Waterford’s Kindergarten program provides the base for a successful academic journey through Waterford’s vertical curriculum (PreK-12). Waterford Kindergarten students enter the first grade prepared to excel and tackle new challenges.
Schedule a campus visit to see classes in action, meet our talented teachers, and learn more about the Waterford Kindergarten curriculum.