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Kindergarten At Quest Academy

A day in the life of a Quest kindergarten student.
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on 5 June 2013

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Kindergarten At Quest Academy From Kindergarten Teacher - Kristin Samojedny This year I completed my eighth year teaching kindergarten at Quest Academy. I teach at Quest for multiple reasons, but most importantly I get to work with children who want to learn and can do so in a safe environment. I see kindergarten as a pivotal year where children are building a foundation that will shape the rest of their academic and personal lives. Kindergarten is a place to learn about respect, responsibility, self-discipline, and many more character traits that will guide children throughout their lives. Quest Academy sets up a nurturing, safe place for children to make mistakes, take on challenges, and to be with like minds. The classroom size is small enough for me to truly get to know every child. I’m able to teach to the child’s interest and differentiate instruction for more specialized learning experiences. My favorite memories are playing with the children, listening to their ideas, encouraging their creativity, and laughing with them as they learn. Kindergarten at Quest Academy is a special gift. It changes children to become who they are meant to be and gives them a place to do so that is positive and loving. http://issuu.com/questacademy/docs/kindergartenbook?mode=window&viewMode=doublePage Learning is exploratory and inquiry-based by design. Students are part of the learning process through questioning and discovery. curriculum philosophy My daughter entered Kindergarten class at Quest Academy everyday with a smile on her face and a bounce in her step. She entered a classroom where her intense thirst for learning was satiated. For example, my daughter has a high aptitude for math. Her individual needs were continually met. Differentiation took place daily. Her teacher embraced the idea of "seeing where we could take her." There were no limits to her instruction and she was given math work that challenged her. Kindergarten was one big adventure in an environment that allowed her to flourish socially, emotionally and academically. From Kindergarten Parents Math Acceleration based on individual student needs is part of math activities, reading, writing, and much more. A maximum class size of 15 provides an ideal learning environment where students can engage in lively class discussions and play with like-minded peers. Acceleration based on individual student needs is part of math activities, reading, writing, and much more. A maximum class size of 15 provides an ideal learning environment where students can engage in lively class discussions and play with like-minded peers.
Kindergarten students have specialized instruction three times per week in: science, physical education, art and music. Students study French twice per week. Drama, library and technology classes are once a week with additional opportunities available to use the library and computer lab as needed. Literature groups explore reading, comprehension, and the purpose of text at the students’ individual instructional level. Students are writing to communicate thoughts, stories and ideas effectively through the use of literary devices and punctuation. Language Arts Social Studies In social studies, students study community structures, the effect of geography and climate on human populations, ecosystems of Antarctica and U.S. symbols and figures. °Elements of art and their application (texture, “superheroes”)
°Three-dimensional artwork (paper sculptures, plaster sculpture,
stuffed paper fish)
°Importance of positive and negative space (fall shapes with pastels)
°Primary colors and the use of line (Mondrian)
°Alternative painting techniques based on optical color mixing
(Seurat’s dots)
°Environmental influence on artists
°Impact of culture on art (Bella Coola) Art °Basic dramatic terms (setting, characters)
°Exploring space (movement within physical and imaginary dimensions)
°Variation in movement for different characters
°Warm-up for focus (imitation, mirroring, miming) Drama °Vocabulary (numbers to 31, months, days of the week, weather,
body parts, clothing)
°Structure of phrases
°Language development through various methods (songs,
manipulatives, flashcards)
°Simple sentences French °Variance of pitch (high, low)
°Variance of tempo (fast, slow)
°Cross-cultural communication through folk songs
°Self-expression through performance (solo singing, rhythm
instruments, dancing)
°Listening skills (echo singing, clapping, drumming)
°Use of songs to reinforce concepts across core curricula (rainforests,
outer space, animals)
°Maintenance of a steady beat at various tempos
°Role of teamwork in a production (spring musical) Music °Movement exploration (locomotion, rhythmic activity, gymnastic skills)
°Flexibility through stretches and poses
°Object manipulation to develop throwing, catching, and kicking skills
°Running as a warm-up exercise
°Cooperation and teamwork
°Listening to and following directions (game rules, classroom procedures) P.E. °Requirements for the growth of living things
°Science as observation using all five senses
°Magnetism
°Weather systems (observation; seasonal change)
°Environmental responsibility (reduction, reuse, recycling)
°Cycles (circulatory system, day/night, water cycle)
°Classification (animal groups)
°Patterns in metamorphosis (butterflies, frogs; gills to lungs)
°Prediction and inference (based on cycles, classification, and patterns) Science °Organization of the library
°Authors and illustrators as the creators of books
°Modes of thinking for different purposes
(inquiry, brainstorming, comparing)
°Categorization by one or more attributes
°Enjoyment of new learning experiences
(cognitive dissonance, connections)
°Basic computer use (mouse and keyboard)
°Identification of appropriate options/tools to accomplish tasks Library & Technology The Quest Academy kindergarten program has been incredibly impactful for our family. In one short year, we have been very impressed with the quality of education and the attention to our son's educational needs. The teachers are each extremely skilled in their respective disciplines, ranging from science to drama, as well as in overall gifted education. They inspire and challenge our son and cater to each child's individual needs, fostering an environment of learning and self-expression. Our son could not wait to get to school every morning, and came home to us each afternoon bounding with enthusiasm for all that he'd learned that day. We have learned a thing or two from him already! The critical thinking skills he has developed as a result of his time at Quest continue to amaze us daily. In fact, our plan upon joining the Quest community was to stay until the gifted program began at our public school, but instead we will be enrolling our daughter in the kindergarten program next year and plan to watch them both graduate from their 8th grade year at Quest. We feel very lucky to have found the Quest Academy kindergarten program when we did and look forward to watching both of our children blossom intellectually, creatively and athletically in the coming years thanks to the amazing faculty and curriculum at Quest! Kindergarten Scrapbook
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