2020-21 Virtual Kindergarten Orientation

By Waynewood Administrative Team
For Parents
May 12, 2020

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2020-21 Virtual Kindergarten Orientation

2020-21 Virtual Kindergarten Orientation (text-only version)

Welcome, New Waynewood Elementary School New Parents and Guardians!

Today we will answer these frequently asked questions

  • What does a typical day in Kindergarten look like?
  • What is the basic Kindergarten curriculum?
  • How do I register my child for Kindergarten at Waynewood Elementary?

Our Goals

  • To give your children the academic and social skills they need to progress to first grade and beyond
  • To provide a safe, supportive, and fun classroom environment
  • To help your children make new friends and discover new interests!

A Typical Day in Kindergarten

  • Morning Meeting
  • Literacy Workshop
  • Lunch
  • Math Workshop/Calendar
  • Social Studies and Science
  • Snack
  • Recess
  • Specials

Balanced Literacy Approach

  • Reading and Writing Workshop 
    • Provides independent and guided practice with authentic tasks to meet the needs of all learners.
  • Components of Reading and Writing Workshop include:
    • Guided Reading Groups
    • Phonics and Word Study
    • Journal drawing and writing
    • Literacy centers
    • Letter formation
    • Read alouds

Math Workshop and Math Curriculum

  • Math Workshop:

    • Calendar Activities
    • Whole group focus lesson 
    • Centers -individual/partners/small group hands-on exploration with taught math concepts
  • Math Curriculum in Kindergarten
    • Numbers and Number Sense
    • Problem Solving
    • Reasoning Skills
    • Explaining your thinking

Social Studies (1st Quarter)

  • Families, Communities
    • Good citizenship
    • School Rules
    • Diversity
  • Safety
    • Bus 
    • Fire
    • Safety drills

Science (1st Quarter)

  • Observing like a scientist
  • Colors and shapes
  • Five senses
  • Ants
  • Pumpkins

Social-Emotional Focus

  • Building community is woven throughout the day
  • Students learn and practice social skills while working together 
  • Responsive Classroom 
  • Project-Based Learning

Kindergarten Curriculum – “Specials”

  • Physical Education
    • At least 60 minutes per week
  • General Music
    • At least 60 minutes per week
  • Art
    • 60 minutes per week
  • Computer Lab
    • Every other week for 60 minutes
  • STEM Lab
    • Every other week for 60 minutes
  • Library
    • Once per week for 30 minutes

The Registration Process