A Typical Day in Our Kindergarten:
The day begins with greetings and morning work. Children come into the classroom, greet their friends (just as grown-ups do when they get to work) and take care of morning routine work, such as unpacking snacks and water bottles. They then complete an assigned morning task.
After morning prayers, the classes have morning meeting. Children participate in calendar math, sing songs, engage in class discussions, and have loads of fun learning through poems and games. It's a great way to start the day at North Atlanta’s award-winning private Christian school!
Saxon Phonics follows the morning meeting. Lessons are designed in a very systematic way to teach children about letter sounds, rules of phonics, how to blend words, and other phonemic activities to help them on their path to reading.
Reader's Workshop comes next. This activity begins with a read aloud book, poem or story, followed by a group mini-lesson using what has just been read, often focusing on a particular reading strategy. After the mini-lesson, children go to centers to dive into concepts they learn through the following activities: children read to themselves, read to someone else, listen to reading and complete word work.
During word work, students practice word patterns, spelling rules, do word building and explore the written language. They read from “just right” books of their choice to better their reading skills.
This is also a time for hands-on manipulative work that may include building activities, learning math concepts with manipulatives, drawing, coloring, tracing and stencils. Teachers confer with children in guided reading groups, helping them develop reading skills and strategies at their instructional level. The children also work on handwriting and writing skills.
After a very busy morning, everyone is ready for snack time!
The day continues with the following engaging study areas:
Catholic Formation: Children read books, Bible stories with Christian messages, and make crafts to learn about God, Jesus and virtues. The children also have daily chapel time, which may include praying for special intentions, singing a song, listening to a book or having a discussion about what they are learning in class. Once a week, children attend Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a hands-on approach to making our faith real.
Math: Although classes have a set time for math, it is also integrated throughout the day, especially during calendar activities. The series Pinecrest uses is Saxon. Children are learning by using many types of manipulatives, including teddy bear counters, pattern blocks, rulers, balance scales, linking cubes, foam dice and many more. Students often do not realize that they are learning basic concepts that they will need to build upon for all their future math courses! At this point, paper and pencil math takes second hand to having them experience the concepts our teachers are teaching.
Science and Social Studies: Many topics are covered in these areas. The classes read books, participate in computer activities, crafts, reenactments and simple experiments, as well as worksheets and mini-books to cover the objectives.
Besides all of the activities that take place in the classroom, children have daily recess, lunchtime in the dining hall, PE, Spanish, Music, Art and library time. A Pinecrest kindergartner's day is full of fun and learning!
Pinecrest Academy's private Catholic kindergarten is conveniently located in Cumming, South Forsyth, just minutes from Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton and Suwanee. We serve families of all faiths seeking a Christian education for their children.