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Interest and curiosity go hand-in-hand with learning in our Lower School program. Students’ motivation and eagerness to learn come from an intrinsic interest in their world — trying new things, making mistakes and exploring new ideas. Tesseract’s student-centered, full-day kindergarten program prepares children for school in a safe, nurturing and developmentally appropriate environment.
Public speaking, presentation, and listening skills are developed through morning meetings. This is a time for young students to come together and share not only what they are learning, but information that is special to them—such as birthdays and other news—with the lower school community in a supportive environment.
In mathematics, Tesseract Kindergarteners come to understand number concepts through the exploration of concrete materials and models. With the Everyday Math Program, Kindergarteners learn about math in an appropriate way to reach the goal of confident and competent communicators of math ideas and strategies. Math is effortlessly incorporated into all areas of the curriculum where children can feel comfortable taking risks, asking questions, making mistakes and offering a variety of solutions.
The magic of reading and writing is introduced to our students through Jolly Phonics, a multimodal, multisensory phonics program. Through Jolly Phonics, kindergartners learn the letter sounds in an enjoyable, interactive manner, supporting them as they become readers, writers, and spellers, each at their own pace. Jolly Phonics begins the language arts curriculum. Letter formation and handwriting are also introduced while progress is observed in daily journals.
Kindergartners are taught through an approach of core concepts providing hands-on learning experiences, including civics and government, American history, geography, economics, world history, globalization, and sustainability.
The Science curriculum is fully integrated into kindergarten themes using hands-on techniques, including themes such as inquiry process, history, and nature of science, Earth and space science, Life science, physical science and science in personal and social perspectives.
Four days a week, Kindergartners participate in Spanish class, part of Tesseract’s core curriculum, in addition to music, art and library — with technology woven throughout — multiple times each week.
We recognize the importance of physical fitness and play as young children come to understand their world, so students enjoy physical education classes and have plenty of time for free-play throughout the week, both indoors and out.
As important as our academic curriculum is our social curriculum, Responsive Classroom®. Knowing each student individually, culturally and developmentally, and recognizing and celebrating each other’s similarities and differences, we create a culture of respect and reflective social interaction with students, educators and the rest of the community. Recent research has shown academic gains when Responsive Classroom is implemented in schools.