Kindergarten is a crucial year for students where they are challenged both socially and academically. Students are introduced to many new things and need to adapt to the rigorous schedule of school. All this can be daunting, not just for children but parents too!
At Chalkwall we understand that Kindergarten is a massive leap into unfamiliar territory. We aim to help students adjust to this change and support them to take on the beginning of their school life with a joyful confidence. Our program will have students eager to see just how much they can achieve. They learn through experiences with stories and word games while nurturing teachers work to foster development of curiosity and imagination.
The Kindergarten Fun_damentals program is designed to actively engage students in a fun way through shared experiences with friends while encouraging parent involvement along the way. To ensure students experience success in English, they are involved in three main areas of learning; sight word recognition, comprehension of texts and sentence writing.
Each week students are taught to identify, read and use sight words in sentence writing. Parents then work with their child at home to help reinforce this learning as regular practice of these words is key to reading and writing success at this stage. Students are given shared reading experiences and taught to comprehend texts on a literal level to gain meaning. The Kindergarten Fun_damentals program has a teacher model the essential parts necessary to construct sentences with time given for students to experiment and practice so that they begin to independently write sentences in greater detail.
Our qualified teachers work to assist your child learn the important skills necessary to read and write. They use strategies to teach students how to understand texts on a literal level so that meaning is made while reading. Our teachers also work with parents to help assist them with activities they can do at home to support students with the learning that takes place in the classroom.
Homework is distributed weekly ensuring students practice the skills learnt in class. It is collected and marked on a weekly basis then returned to the student. This enables teachers to assess their students’ level of understanding and focus on weaknesses.
Informal assessments are carried out during class where teachers observe students’ level of progress through class work and give written and verbal feedback.
Students are given two formal exams at the end of Term 1 and Term 3 and feedback is provided to parents/guardians. These results are used to determine areas of need and become a focal point for further learning.
Students are provided with a class workbook each term, Fun_damentals Literacy Kit, leveled reading books and revision booklets.
Student attendance, homework completion and understanding of content taught is recorded on a weekly basis for tracking purposes.