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Kindergarten Curriculum

Rivermont Kindergarten students embark on a journey to develop a lifelong love of learning. Through a combination of individual, small group, and whole group instruction, Kindergarten students develop confidence, greater independence, and a sense of pride in their accomplishments. Kindergarten is the essential foundation upon which Lower School builds.

Language Arts

Literacy development is a cornerstone of Rivermont's Kindergarten. The Daily 5 curriculum actively engages Kindergarten students every day in reading, writing, listening, and speaking opportunities. Students develop daily habits that lead to a lifetime of literacy independence and confidence.

Math

The Singapore Math curriculum anchors learning in real world, hands-on experiences. Kindergarten students actively participate in lessons that apply essential math concepts to real world problems, creating a deeper understanding without significant repetition.

Science

Kindergarten students are introduced to the scientific method through hands-on, interactive labs taught by a discipline-specific science teacher in a lab setting. Students explore life, earth, and physical sciences and how they pertain to their daily life. Each grade level builds upon the preceding level by introducing more challenging experiments, concepts, and skills. Kindergarten science focuses on the Earth, sky, and elements of motion.

Social Studies

Kindergarten social studies focuses on creating awareness of the communities around us - local, national, and global. Students learn about what they can do to be good citizens and develop an appreciation for government and community helpers. With respect to geography, students begin to learn about maps, the globe, and taking care of Earth's precious resources.

Health & Fitness

Physical education in Kindergarten focuses on hand-eye coordination, advanced motor and skill development, and basic athletic fundamentals. Developmentally appropriate activities and games integrate skill development into play. The main goals of the curriculum are that students develop physical fitness, useful physical and athletic skills, good sportsmanship, and an enjoyment of physical recreation.

Computer Science

Computer science is an essential part of Lower School curriculum as technology is increasingly introduced into classrooms and lessons. Lower School is outfitted with iPad carts that can be transitioned from classroom to classroom bringing the creative tools, interactive books, and endless educational apps of the iPad anywhere at any time. Lower School students also utilize their own computer lab outfitted with PC desktops for a wide variety of lessons and projects.

 

Specifically, Kindergarten students explore digital citizenship and internet safety, the basic functions of a computer and its parts, basic keyboarding techniques, and how to create and save their work.

Visual Art

Kindergarten art focuses on exploring and experimenting with the vast array of media available in the art studio. Creative expression is interwoven with skill development using a variety of media, tools, and techniques. Students are introduced to the elements of art and practice connecting them to their surroundings and the larger world around them. Each Lower School grade features unique anchor artists from many cultures around the world whose work and techniques students study and incorporate into their own pieces.

 

Kindergarten students share their artwork with a large audience during the annual Family Art Night and All School Art Show.

Foreign Language

At Rivermont, students are exposed to foreign language beginning in PreSchool and begin formal foreign language study in Kindergarten. Kindergarten and 1st Grade students study Spanish, 2nd and 3rd Grade students study French, and 4th and 5th Grade students choose between the two.

 

Kindergarten students explore customs and holidays from around the world which are appreciated and respected as different from their own. Through songs, games, and hands-on activities, students learn that learning another language is fun. Kindergarten Spanish uses the Symtalk curriculum, Mis primeros pasos, which utilizes symbols and pictures to help students form complete sentences in Spanish.

Music

Kindergarten students discover the different channels of the voice and use them to talk, whisper, hum, chant, and sing various types of songs. Solfege (scale tones with hand signals) is used to create an awareness of pitch, call and response patterns, and simple improvisation.

 

Students learn to identify and feel a rhythmic beat through games, recordings, movements, and playing percussion instruments. Rhythmic notation is introduced through flashcards and rhythm band charts. The concepts of tempo, dynamics, style, and mood are introduced. Students learn to identify the sounds of different instruments and recognize them by sight. Together students learn to work as an ensemble, whether in song or with instruments, to create music and respond to nonverbal conducting cues.

Library

Kindergarten students use illustrations and other visual elements to understand text and learn to make connections between stories and their background knowledge. Students make predictions to understand text and learn to recognize basic story structure and define the various types of literature, both fiction and nonfiction.

Faculty

  • Myra Eystad »

    Kindergarten

     
  • Shalar Knupp »

    Teacher-Librarian

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    • Appointed: 2005
    • B.A., University of Iowa
    • M.A., University of Iowa
    • Middle School Cheerleading Coach, Middle School Track Coach
    • Yearbook Advisor
    • Chair of the Iowa Children's Choice Award program