Kindergarten

The Kindergarten program at Hope is a five-day program. The hours are from 8:00am-12:00pm. Children also have the option of staying extending hours until 2:00pm on MWF and 1:30pm on TuTh for lunch bunch.  All children must be 5 years by September 30, 2017.

We believe children are unique individuals who learn in many different ways and at different paces. Therefore, we offer a variety of experiences, which encourage each child to explore, discover and learn.

The Kindergarten curriculum is presented in a whole language/thematic format, encompassing phonics, writing, poetry, literature, beginning math skills, exploration in art, music, science, social studies and free play. The children also attend Spanish, Music/Movement, Library Time and Chapel each week.

The language arts curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn through total body response activities, which engage the visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners. Activities include shared reading, chanting, singing, physical movement and active games that reinforce phonemic sounds in their environment and print. Journals are used as a tool to engage children in writing the language they are learning.

Math concepts are presented with the use of manipulatives and hands on experiences. Each math concept is introduced in the concrete and visual and then later explored and expanded upon in a symbolic or abstract format.

Science and Social studies lessons are explored through various thematic units. The children will have opportunities to make predictions, do experiments, and draw conclusions. They will learn about the world and people around them. Periodic field trips are taken to further enhance the learning experience.

The work done in Kindergarten is «CHILD PRODUCT». This means that it is the child's work, not the teachers. Discussing your child's work and masterpieces further enhances their learning experience.

The Kindergarten year is fun and exciting. At Hope we strive to captivate each child and make learning a fun and valuable experience.

Kindergartners need a variety of skills-from basic learning skills to knowledge of mathematical concepts. Following is a list of the skills that your child should be working on before entering kindergarten.

Language Skills

    •    Listens to stories without interrupting, retell main events in stories

    •    Sings or recites nursery rhymes

    •    Recognizes his/her first name in print

    •    Identifies rhyming words and beginning sounds of some words

    •    Identifies most alphabet letters and recognizes common sight words 

Math Skills

    •    Shows understanding of the general times of day (morning, afternoon,

         evening)

    •    Knows basic shapes

    •    Recognizes primary colors

    •    Recognizes groups of one, two, three, four and five objects

    •    Counts and recognizes numbers to 10

    •    Counts objects one by one to 10

    •    Classifies things that go together (shoe/sock), knife/fork)

    •    Knows words that signal position, size or direction (up/down, bigger/smaller,

         over/under, first/last)

Basic Learning Skills

    •    Follows three step verbal directions

    •    Actively participates in a large learning group for 20-30 minutes

    •    Maturity to work independently or with a small group

    •    Knows first and last name

    •    Knows address and phone number

    •    Manages bathroom needs

Emotional Skills

    •    Uses words to solve problems when angry or upset

    •    Waits his/her turn and shares with others

    •    Plays with other children

    •    Spends some time away from parents without getting upset

    •    Names specific emotions

    •    Says please and thank you

Motor Skills

    •    Cuts with scissors, properly uses glue, and traces basic shapes

    •    Buttons shirts, pants, coats and zips up zippers

    •    Holds a pencil or crayon correctly

    •    Puts together a small puzzle

    •    Runs, jumps, and skips

    •    Bounces and catches a ball

Our Programs

Our curriculum at Hope Children's Center is developed with the children's best interest in mind. We have a delicate balance of age appropriate fun activities designed to encourage social, emotional, physical and intellectual skills through play. The children have the opportunity to experience "hands on learning" in the following areas: dramatic play - art expression - literature - cooking - manipulative - science - outdoor activities.

Language and vocabulary, math creativity, problem solving, fine and gross motor skills, pro-social skills and uses of imagination are all enhanced while playing and having fun.