Kindergarten Enrichment


What is the Kindergarten Enrichment Program

The goal of this program is to provide recommended kindergarten students with enrichment activities that will challenge their thinking abilities and stimulate advanced problem solving. Students meet once a week for 45-60 minutes for one quarter. Persistence is an overarching theme for the students as well. We describe this as continuing to work at a problem, especially when it's difficult and you don't think you can solve it. Our enrichment group will meet this quarter. Following this structure will enable additional students to participate next quarter.

Week One Activities

Tangrams are a Chinese puzzle consisting of seven flat shapes. These puzzles are available in different sizes, but they will always have the same seven pieces. The shapes are two large triangles, two small triangles, one medium triangle, one square and one parallelogram. The goal is to increase spatial reasoning skills.

Week Two Activities

Artists use shapes creatively when illustrating children’s stories. We will examine illustrations and use sticker dots to design creative pictures and write a sentence about their illustration.

Week Three Activities

Pentominoes are ten piece puzzles. Each puzzle piece represents a letter of the alphabet. We will use pentominoes to cover a rectangle, using as many different combinations as possible. This gives students the opportunity to once again practice their spatial reasoning skills.

A tangram station will also be available for students after pentominoe practice.

Week Four Activities

We will solve various picture puzzles. This includes analogies, logic puzzles, and block puzzles. We will work through several examples together and students will also attempt to solve problems independently.

Week Five Activities

We will be using play dough to create non-verbal, visual representative answers to questions. Students will be using flexible thinking when creating their answers. We will use a gallery walk to hear about their creations and discuss what makes some answers particularly creative.

Week Six Activities

We will work with at least one other person to creatively solve a problem with specific items. They will need to collaborate and communicate to use their limited resources, including time, to attempt the challenge. The emphasis is on working together, considering the ideas of our teammates, and recognizing that our first plan often does not work ~ but we learn from our mistakes and keep trying.

Weekly Activities

Each week we will be using divergent thinking skills to discuss questions as a whole group. Questioning tends to be centered around a central theme. For example, we may be asking questions about bridges. Some questions may be:

"Why do we need bridges?"

"How do you think people got the first idea for a bridge?"

"Why are there not usually stop lights on a bridge?"

The above activities are our plans for the quarter and we will do our best to meet these objectives. Some activities may require more than one session and unanticipated events do cause schedule changes. Thank you in advance for your understanding.