What is Kindergarten For?

Standards are high at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. We follow guidelines for highest-quality Nursery, Preschool, and Kindergarten education as established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Our program wasAdobe Reader accredited by the NAEYC in 2002 and we completed Re-Accreditation in 2008.

Through the Board of Education of the United Methodist Church, we completed requirements to achieve The W.I.S.E. Award(Wonderfully In Search of Excellence) in 2005. Wesley Memorial School also follows all curriculum guidelines of the Common Core Standards as adopted by the Department of Public Instruction of the State of North Carolina.

Our teachers are professionals with early childhood/elementary education degrees and experience. Wesley Memorial School is administered by our church acting through a Weekday Board of Directors. Friedrich Froebel, the “Father” of the Kindergarten, wrote about 1840 that: The Kindergarten shall give them employment suited to their nature, strengthen their bodies, exercise their sense, employ their waking minds, make them acquainted judiciously with nature and society, cultivate especially the heart and temper, and lead them to the foundations of all living—to unity with themselves. Froebel’s language sounds quaint in our high-tech world, but the purposes he suggested are still sound.

Today the content of a quality Kindergarten program remains essentially what it was in Froebel’s day—a “garden” where children may grow naturally and may develop their own distinctive personalities and talents in a child’s world. Experience and Scientific studies of children are constantly providing updated information. We are better able than in Froebel’s time to provide a program which meets the needs of the child in his first years of school.

Our responsibility goes beyond that of a public or private Kindergarten. As an outreach of our church, we are obligated not only to offer a program consistent with the highest type of early childhood education but also to provide an atmosphere and program in which teachers and children are learning to live in a Christ-like way.

In approaching our task, we keep in mind the child’s total growth—social, emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical. By their signatures on the registration forms, parents indicate their willingness to cooperate with the Christian emphasis of our Kindergarten; to attend parent-teacher conferences; and to participate in other planned opportunities (such as class programs and parent workshops) as will bring about better understanding between teacher, parent, and child.

K Classroom Pictures

And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom, and the favor of God was upon him.”

 

General Program Objectives:


Kindergarten Curriculum

We follow curriculum guidelines provided by the Department of Public Instruction of North Carolina and based on sound principles of early childhood growth and development through criteria established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The United Methodist Curriculum is interwoven throughout our units of study. Planned experiences during each unit of study will further each child’s understanding of:

The concepts gleaned from these learning experiences are as unique as each child. It is the objective of each teacher to meet each child’s needs at his particular level so as to enhance his/her self-worth and capitalize on his/her learning potential, and help him/her find a responsible place in the world. To help the children learn at their individual levels, the teachers will use many tools—such as workbooks, puzzles, beginner readers, phonetic awareness games, hands on math and science manipulative, books and stories, music, computers, iPads, nature walks—and all our facilities make possible. Our curriculum may be described as “streams of experience” flowing through the child’s lifelong educational path, even into adulthood.

An Overview of the Kindergarten Curriculum

This overview is taken from the Kindergarten Common Core State Standards which are required to be taught in all North Carolina Public Schools. We carefully follow this same Course of Study in planning for the Kindergarten Fives Program at Wesley Memorial School.

Science

Social Studies

Healthful Living

In order to be ready for first grade in reading, writing, and math, kindergarten students should master the North Carolina state required skills b y the end of kindergarten. On the following pages and after each skill area are examples that measure how well students understand and apply what they have learned.

Language Arts

Literature

Key Ideas and Details

Key Ideas and Details

Craft and Structure

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

Foundational Skills

Print Concepts

Phonological Awareness

Phonics and Word Recognition

Fluency

Writing

Text Types and Purposes

Production and Distribution of Writing

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

Range of Writing

Speaking and Listening

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Language

Knowledge of Language

(Begins in grade 2)

Math

Compare numbers

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Measurement and Data

Number & Operations in Base Ten

Geometry

Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.

Special Experiences Just for Our Kindergarten Fives!

Field Trips

Fives enjoy many trips throughout the year for the purposes of enriching their background of experiences and learning more about our units of study. Parents sign a permission slip and are given information prior to each trip. Transportation is provided in our church Minotaur bus. Trips are always taken during the school morning—leaving from school and returning by 1:00 pm. Our field trips may vary year to year, but include visits to places such as:

Computer use and iPads in each classroom

reinforce letter and word recognition, math, creative thinking and problem-solving; also promotes eye-hand coordination and simple keyboarding skills. Computers also used for individual and small group research of study topics.

“Let’s Find Out” Newspaper subscription by Scholastic

brings the latest news information to Kindergarten children in an appealing, easy to read format. We will incorporate use of this newspaper and activity pages into our class lessons at school.

Media Center

weekly visit for book check-out and story-time session with guest readers emphasizes love of literature and responsibility of caring for books.

Children’s Worship

weekly Chapel Time is a special and important part of our continual faith building. Chapel is led by our pastors of Wesley Memorial and by our Directors on a rotating basis.

Spanish Language Lessons

occur one session per week during the school day. Children will be exposed to conversational Spanish, as well as basic concepts in using Spanish alphabet, numbers, calendar, sizes, and shapes. Our Spanish Language Instructor is teacher, Lenis Dau. She will also introduce children to diversity in culture, music, dance and traditions as we seek to appreciate the different ways people around the world enjoy their celebrations.

Sight Word Baggies

Each child will have baggies of printed word cards that will become his/her individual word file. New words are added on an on-going basis, as child’s readiness for more complex words occurs. Your child will dictate or copy words that he/ she is learning to read. The words will be used for independent writing of sentences and creative stories and will make reading individualized and meaningful.

Homework Folders

Kindergarten homework offers opportunity for child to share at home with mom and dad – thereby reinforcing the concepts learned at school. Folders also serve as a communication tool between families and teachers.

Common Core Curriculum Workbooks in Phonics, Language Arts & Math

Individualize learning at each child’s own level of skills and understanding. Workbooks are used for one-on-one instruction of child with teacher – not as a class group activity.

V. I. P. (Very Important Person)

Each child’s name is randomly chosen to be our VIP of the week! Child chosen will bring in photos of him/herself and of family, and the entire class participates in creating an experience chart story about this friend. Other special privileges are included in the week for our “honoree!” Every child will get a turn!

Lunch at School

every day! Children bring their own meal in a lunchbox or a bag, including beverage. (No soft drinks or “fast food” meals.) Children will eat in the classroom with their own class group.

Hot Lunch Fridays

Offered every Friday: Menus will be sent home monthly. Child learns responsibility of bringing in lunch money to purchase the meal; or may decide to pack own lunch from home as usual. Hot Lunch Fridays are served downstairs in the big Dining Hall or the classroom, where children practice selecting food choices and the manners expected when eating in a large group setting. All Kindergarten classes eat together. Parents volunteer as our “Lunchroom Helpers” to serve the meals.

Children’s Programs

Drama, songs, and creative arts give boys and girls opportunity to share what they have been learning with their families. Kindergarten programs will be presented at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and end-of-year.

In addition . . . ,

there will be a special program to honor Dads & Step-Dads (Uncles & Grandpas, too!) at our “Dad’s Day Luncheon!

Moms & Step-Moms (Aunts & Grandmas, too!) will be honored at our “Mother’s Day Tea!” Invitations made by the children for each program will indicate dates well in advance of each event.