KIDS Class Description

The KIDS program is an incredible, unique opportunity in which kindergarten students begin exposure to SPANISH, MUSIC, ART, BELS (beginning early literacy skills), and TECHNOLOGY with one teacher. Students spend 45-60 minutes each day in the KIDS classroom where the various disciplines are inter-woven with literature to form a meaningful curriculum.  Ms. Diana Cole is our Kindergarten Interdisciplinary Studies Teacher.  

SPANISH

Kindergartners begin their first year of the foreign language program with an introduction to Spanish. Students are exposed to the Spanish language while participating in a variety of activities, which are often games-based and/or incorporate music, movement, and literature. The initial focus is on using strategies to learn Spanish, such as listening and watching for visual cues. Once students build their comprehension skills, vocabulary will develop. Eventually simple conversational skills will grow, such as answering questions about oneself with one or two words. Some topics of focus include colors, numbers, shapes, animals, and describing oneself.

MUSIC

Students participate in music through a variety of experiences that give them opportunities to listen to music, move to music, play percussion instruments, and sing. These goals are achieved through the playful study of classical and folk song literature. As many times as possible, concepts are presented as visual, oral, and kinetic experiences to address different learning styles. Creative movement and dance involve conscious awareness that stimulates the mind and facilitates learning while increasing self-awareness and self-confidence. Therefore, movement and dance are primary activities in the music classroom.

ART

Within each level of the program, students are encouraged to develop their own ideas for artwork, to refine them, and to use media expressively. Art activities are appropriate to students’ level of development. At every level, students explore a variety of media. The sequence of lessons has been carefully planned to accommodate the interests, skills and abilities of each student. They are varied to sustain curiosity, yet organized in units so that concepts and skills introduced in one lesson can be reinforced and expanded upon in other lessons. Major topics introduced in early grades are reinforced in later grades, but the topics are studied in greater depth or in new contexts and relationships.

TECHNOLOGY

In TECH, students work with a full range of curricular related software applications that provide enrichment in math, language arts, science, and social studies. Kindergarten computer lab activities also enable students to develop beginning keyboarding and computer graphic skills.  All computers throughout the building are networked providing students and teachers with access to their saved documents, software applications, and the Internet, from any computer in the building.  To visit websites which Mrs. Walsh recommends, please click here.

In addition to the KIDS program, students also visit Mrs. Geidner in the library each week.   On the library side, they engage in weekly, curricular related, early literacy activities including storytimes with fiction and nonfiction books, puppet shows, petry, oral storytelling, creative dramatics, crafts, and games. They are introduced to award winning books and vote for their choice for the Monarch Award, the state of Illinois book award for children K-3. They learn to select books, which they borrow from the library for a one week.