JK Curriculum


  • emphasis on creative self-directed work in collage, tempera paint and watercolor
  • cutting and pasting
  • drawing with pencil, cray pas crayon, marker and chalk
  • simple printmaking
  • woodworking – introduction to materials and basic tools
  • pottery – becoming acquainted with clay

Language Arts

  • listening to books and poetry
  • developing listening skills
  • responding to questions
  • building comprehension
  • drawing representationally
  • illustrating, writing and dictating individual stories and class books
  • performing creative dramas
  • writing letters and familiar words
  • phonetic introduction to writing


  • instill a joy of reading by sharing a variety of read-alouds, from old classics to new favorites
  • participate in author/illustrator events at the library
  • participate in guided book selection; e.g., students make their own choices from age-appropriate selections made by librarian
  • reinforce the language arts benchmarks for JK, e.g., making letter sound association, mastery of phonetics, sight words, decoding using context and picture cues, etc.


  • Digi-Block program
  • creating patterns
  • forming sets
  • number sense
  • one-to-one correspondence
  • geometric shapes
  • counting
  • recognizing and writing numerals 1-20
  • data/graphing
  • symmetry
  • simple computation


  • introduce songs of welcome, nature, the seasons and special days through singing, movement, literature, listening and playing instruments
  • participate in activities of verbalization and visualization of musical ideas, i.e. beat, high and low, loud and soft, fast and slow, and matching tones
  • introduce songs, singing games and dances that correlate with the social studies curriculum to include the sea, Native Americans, the moon, birds, South Africa and recycling
  • participation in various assemblies: Thanksgiving/Grandfriends’, Revels (with 6th grade buddies), and Holiday (with SK)

Physical Education

  • movement exploration: body awareness, creative experimentation
  • elementary dance and rhythms
  • perceptual motor tasks
  • primary ball skills -- throwing, catching, kicking
  • games of low organization -- sportsmanship, team concept, non-competitive, non-eliminating
  • kinesthesis -- body image, laterality, directionality, dominance


  • identifying letters and sounds
  • rhyming
  • left-to-right orientation
  • phonetic introduction to reading using decoding
  • story time with Head of School


The child’s world -- who and what is it made up of?

  • five senses
  • animals and their environments
  • winter birds
  • seeds and plants
  • ocean life
  • ecology/recycling
  • the moon
  • cooking
  • nature walks
  • weather
  • growing and changing

Social Studies/History

In-depth examination of people/places in a child’s immediate environment

  • home
  • family -- traditional and non-traditional
  • school
  • community
  • holidays
  • Native Americans historically and today
  • Open Circle Social Competency program
  • anti-bias All Working at Racial Equity (AWARE) curriculum


  • emphasis on listening and understanding using a natural approach to language learning
  • singing, movement and role-playing make language meaningful for students
  • students primarily learn to talk about themselves and their immediate world
  • themes tied to social studies, science, art and music where appropriate
  • colors
  • shapes
  • numbers 1-20
  • family
  • animals
  • parts of the body
  • clothing
  • seasons
  • weather
  • holidays


  • academic technology skills
    • basic computer operation, including using a mouse and launching a program
    • identify, locate, and use letters, numbers, and special keys on the keyboard
    • file menu commands (e.g., New, Open, Close, Save, Print) when in programs
    • software to create drawings and animations
    • age-appropriate online resources to complement academic curriculum
    • iPad navigation/functionality
  • programming/robotics
    • introduction to programming through BeeBot robotics
    • procedural commands: directional, sequencing, estimation
  • engineering/CAD skills
    • building and constructing
    • introduction to Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and digital fabrication (laser cutting, 3D printing)
  • digital citizenship
    • appropriate behavior when using technology and how to treat devices
    • Internet safety
    • understand that the Internet can be used as an academic tool