Kindergarten

Resources & Information


Curriculum


At Catharine Blaine we have three kindergarten classes which allow class sizes to remain small, averaging about 20 students per class. We offer a half day program and a full day kindergarten with the Pay for K tuition program.  

Everyday Mathematics:
We use the Everyday Mathematics curriculum adopted by Seattle Public Schools. In kindergarten you can expect to see…

  • a problem solving approach based on everyday situations
  • key mathematical ideas repeated over time in slightly different ways
  • learning through age-appropriate, playful activities
  • a broad range of mathematics topics based on an optimistic view of children’s capabilities and motivation to learn;
  • and opportunities to “do math” at home

Literacy and Reading:
All kindergarten students receive 90 minutes of structured literacy instruction everyday!  Literacy instruction is centered on the 5 components of reading: phonemic awareness, word recognition, fluency (in letters and sounds), vocabulary, and comprehension. Kindergarteners learn and practice literacy skills during whole group instruction, literacy centers, shared writing, shared reading, and interactive read aloud. During daily Read and Rest time, students have the opportunity to enjoy self-selected books on their own or with a classmate. Additionally, classroom routines are filled with opportunities to strengthen students’ reading skills.

We use the Handwriting without Tears curriculum to teach proper pencil grip and letter formation. We write in the air, on the whiteboard, and on lined paper.

Writers Workshop:
We are thrilled to offer the Writers Workshop curriculum to Kindergarteners. This amazing curriculum is taught to all students at Blaine, from kindergarten through 8th grade. Kindergarten units of study include Small Moments: Personal Narrative Writing, Authors as Mentors, Writing for Readers, Writing for Many Purposes, All About and How-to Books, and Poetry.

Writers Workshop consists of a strategy-based teacher-led mini lesson, workshop time for students to write, weekly one-to-one conferences between each student and teacher, and an end-of-workshop sharing session. At the end of each unit, writers celebrate by sharing writing with peers, teachers, and families.

Science:
At Blaine we use the National Science Foundation Curriculum. Students use their senses to observe attributes, perform experiments, and notice changes in behavior. After each science lesson, students record their observations in their science journals using pictures and words.

  • In the fall our kindergarten scientists will explore the physical properties of fabric with a series of hands-on experiments.
  • In the winter our unit on life sciences begins with excitement as the students observe and compare live animals.
  • Our spring unit will explore the physical properties of wood. We even get to use hammers and nails to create wood sculptures, blending both science and art together.

Second Step (Social Skills):
The purpose of the Second Step program is to build children’s social-emotional

skills and to foster a caring classroom community. The three major units focus on Empathy Training, Emotion Management, and Problem Solving. The curriculum uses pictures, puppets, and songs to teach concepts. Students participate in discussion and role play to reflect on and practice skills.

Multi Arts:
Students attend Multi Arts with Ms. Laurel three times a week. They engage in activities centered on drama, fine arts, instrumental and vocal music, movement, and dance. Kindergarteners also collaborate on art installations with all 1st through 8th grade Blaine students!

PE:
Kindergarteners attend PE classes twice a week with Ms. Pickens, Mr. Miller, and Ms. Anderson where they have fun while keeping fit with many activities.

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