Kindergarten Specials

NFS Curriculum Update :: January, 2016


Kindergarten artists will begin the new year year learning about a great African-American artist, Romare Bearden. His use of color and interesting collage techniques helped to tell stories of life during the Harlem Renaissance, the great jazz era and life in urban cities. Students will work on several different collage projects and with a plethora of materials to tell their own stories and create their own city blocks. Students will also create a large collaborative class piece.


Kindergarten begins a unit of picture book classics that relate to the Quaker SPICES. We will read and discuss picture books that every child should know including Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel (Stewardship), The Story of Ferdinand (Peace and Integrity), and Stone Soup (Integrity and Community).


The kindergarten and first grade students are beginning preparations for their show, “Wing It!” which will take place in early March. Please be on the lookout for a letter and script in an upcoming Friday folder. Our composer of the month is American composer John Williams.


This month we will continue to develop our physical fitness and work on our muscular strength with a focus on core. The class will move forward with our basketball unit with an emphasis on shooting the basketball. We will be using size appropriate balls and baskets so students will be able to focus on the proper techniques of shooting a basketball. Each class will use the rock wall once this month. We will also play large group games like Pilo Polo and Flag Grab. We will also begin to learn the skills of jumping and jumping rope as we prepare for our fifth annual Jump Rope for Heart event in February.


We start the new year with our life science unit. We will observe and describe what patterns we see in different animals during the winter months. Through observation, discovery and discussion we will figure out what living things need in order to survive. In January we will have two types of fish that will live in the Kindergarten classrooms so the students can observe them on a daily basis and not just when in science.


!Feliz año nuevo! (Happy New Year). In January Kindergarten will briefly review colors and numbers and then move on to our next major unit; “La Familia.” We will learn the names of various family members in Spanish, including pets, and will work on small final project for the unit. Kindergarten will look at images of all types of families and will learn to respond to the question: Who is this? Who are they?. They will also be introduced to giving someone’s name: His/Her name is… We have started adding questions about the weather to our classroom routine and we will continue practicing those phrases. The class will continue to recycle and review answering basic questions such as: What is your name? and How are you?