The Waterford Kindergarten Program is designed to nurture a community of learners with well-developed social skills and habits of learning and is founded in the liberal arts tradition. Emphasis is placed on traditional academic subjects and education in the arts. Our experiential approach to science instruction using labs and experiments ignite each student’s natural love of science. Students are introduced to formal music instruction using the piano lab, Orff instruments, sight reading, and vocal games and activities. The elements of fine art are introduced in the Lower School art studio as students begin to experiment with line, space, form, value, and color. Dance and Physical Education classes develop large motor skills, along with physical activity and games with rules, all designed to promote endurance, flexibility, and overall fitness.

Kindergarten Counts

Students receive daily instruction in small groups, learning and developing literacy skills with the classroom teacher and a reading specialist.

Math is explicitly taught in a whole-group setting and then explored and applied in math centers. Instruction is structured, joyful, imaginative, and allows the child to reach his or her highest potential.

Our students also enjoy the benefits of the Waterford Institute’s award-winning computer-based curriculum, designed to individualize several years of comprehensive language arts, math, and science education.

Kindergarten students eat lunch in the Lower School Dining Hall.  The Dining Hall offers a variety of healthy dining options for students who choose to purchase. Lunch is a social time for students to interact with classmates and develop interpersonal skills.

The Waterford Kindergarten Program 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 materials for children so that all are challenged, actively involved in learning and becoming confident in their abilities as lifelong learners. Kindergarten students at Waterford establish a sense of place as they grow and develop on a continuous pathway from Kindergarten through Class XII.

Extended Day

Extended Day is available daily from 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and again in the afternoon from 3:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for students in the Kindergarten on days the child attends classes. The primary purpose of Extended Day is to provide an enrichment-care program for families whose work schedules do not allow them to be with their children before or after class. This program can be used on an hourly basis before and after school. Please contact the admissions office about the details of this program.


Full Day Kindergarten

Core Program Elements

Small Group & Whole Class Instruction

  • Reading/Literacy Groups: 1 hour and 30 min, 5 times per week      
  • Math/Math Centers: 30 min, 5 times per week
  • Journal Writing: 30 min, 5 times 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


  • Teddy Bear Hunt
  • Daily News
  • Journals
  • Time Machine
  • Critter Corner

Class Size

18 students/1 teacher and 1 reading specialist


For children 5 years old by September 1

Program Schedule

Full Day Program (M-F)
8:30 am – 3:15 pm

Tuition (2020-21)