Kindergarten Program Philosophy
Launching Young Learners
The MPA Kindergarten program is designed for children who are at least 5 years old by September 1 of the academic year. The full day program allows for exposure to a wide spectrum of subjects. Specialists teach specific classes throughout the day including: Physical Education , Spanish or French class, Music, Art, Computer and Library.
Kindergarten at MPA is a program embracing the philosophy of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Children’s growth and learning are supported through developmentally appropriate curriculum that is tailored to the specific needs and interests of the students. Our unique teacher-created interdisciplinary curriculum is constructed to be flexible, responsive to the needs of the whole child and designed to support each student as they build upon their foundation of learning. Life skills are developed through the carefully constructed daily routines of the kindergarten classroom. Literacy development permeates every aspect of classroom learning through daily opportunities for shared reading, independent book exploration, writing, interactive read-aloud, developing comprehension, word study, phonics instruction, vocabulary development and a variety of relevant print-rich classroom experiences.
As well as supporting literacy development, the kindergarten curriculum promotes math learning through exploration of patterning, number sense, problem solving and exposure to a variety of math concepts that will be built upon further in each academic year including time, fractions, money and geometry.
Each unit of study is multi-disciplinary and includes learning in the areas of science or social studies as well as literacy and math. Social studies and science topics are explored through themed units and include concepts that are meaningful to kindergarten students such as community, weather, maps and a variety of animal studies.
By the end of the year, Kindergartners will have developed both academically and emotionally as part of a community of learners that possess the confidence, independence and curiosity to be successful in their First Grade year at MPA!
Sample Weekly Schedule: