Written By: Ms. Kat Waltz and Ms. Erika Finanger, Kindergarten Teachers
Students acquire a wide range of phonics skills in the Groves Literacy Framework through explicit phonemic awareness, letter sound, and formation instruction. This curriculum was developed at Groves Academy, uses an Orton-Gillingham based curriculum and is rooted in decades of literacy and brain research. Most importantly, our instruction is culturally-relevant; students can see themselves in the stories we read and the activities we do.
Bridges in Mathematics
Students gain a deep understanding of concepts, proficiency with key skills, and the ability to solve complex problems. The curriculum is composed of three distinct but integrated components: Problems & Investigations, Workplaces, and Number Corner. Students practice the skills they learn in math lessons during the math workplace games that they play during centers.
Using the knowledge they acquire from our Literacy Instruction, kindergarteners plan and write complete sentences. Then, they draw a picture and add details to match the sentence. In kindergarten, we explore fiction, nonfiction and opinion writing.
Smithsonian Science Curriculum
Inquiry-based learning where students get to observe and experiment with materials that deepen their learning through lesson-by-lesson progressions. Students also engage in hands-on science activities and STEM bins to deepen their thinking skills.