Kindergarten teaches children through a balanced curriculum and age-appropriate activities. It is here where they acquire a love of learning, respect for others, and confidence in themselves. At Barnard Elementary School, our children expand their capabilities and learn responsibilities in a safe and secure environment.
The academic programs at Barnard are in alignment with the Common Core Standards and district curriculum goals. Barnard students spend the majority of their school day with their classroom teacher participating in child-centered integrated learning activities which address the following curriculum areas: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, and Health. Many of these learning experiences are child-centered and differentiated in order to meet the needs of all the various learners in the classroom.
Teaching procedures are geared to each child’s social, physical, emotional and cognitive development. The full day is demanding. We incorporate daily math, literacy and writing workshop models, as well as phonics and handwriting instruction. Children transition during the course of each week to foreign language, art, music, physical education, library, technology and lunch/recess. Maturation, independence and readiness are important factors in each child’s success in kindergarten. It is important to note that most Barnard Kindergarten classes have as many as 24 students with a half-day Aide.