Let’s Ask Dr. Baum about Kindergarten

In this post, Dr. David Baum, Head of School answers the question that many parents of children entering school for the first time want to know: what will my child’s day be like when they enter Kindergarten?

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Starting Kindergarten is a very special time in the lives of young children. It is important to get off to a good start by offering a balance of mental stimulation, activity, and periods of quiet downtime. Here’s what a typical day might look like:

7:45 AM – arrive at school

8:00 AM – morning assembly. Pledge of Allegiance; moment of reflection; announcements; some up-tempo music; and student commentary on school virtues

8:20 AM – off to class. The day begins with literature and Kindergarten begins with Three Billy Goats, Goldilocks, and the Three Little Pigs. In October, we’ll move on to Aesop’s Fables and The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids. And from there we’ll turn each month or so to two or three new readings including Red Riding Hood, The Velveteen Rabbit, and Winnie-the-Pooh.

9:00 AM – History and Geography and… MAPS! Identifying and locating the 7 continents. From there we’ll move on to Pre-Colombian American history (Native Americans) and Columbus, the Pilgrims, and then straight through the highlights of US history ending with some current events by June.

9:45 AM – Phys Ed. Time for some rigorous, kinetic energy-burning fun. Then back to class for…

10:30 AM – Math! We’ll start by doing some basic logic and numbers. By the end of the year, we’ll be adding and subtracting and learning how to tell time on a traditional clock.

11:15 AM – Rest period

11:30 AM – lunch

12:00 PM – Science. We’ll start with meteorology. Everybody talks about the weather and nobody does anything about it! We’re going to change that. Throughout the year we’ll meet Isaac Newton, the Wright Brothers, Jane Goodall, and George Washington Carver among others.

12:40 PM – recess, because why not?

1:20 PM – Art or Music, depending on the day. In art we’ll be introduced to color, and in music to instruments.

2:10 PM – Literacy Essentials. What are these? Grammar, spelling, cursive writing, among others.

3:00 PM – Come get your children, and take them home for your evening family time. Enjoy!

This schedule is still, of course, tentative, and kinks will be worked out over time. But, in the meantime, I wanted to give you a sense of what a day in the life might look like. I’ll be composing one of these for each grade, so if your student isn’t a kindergartner, be patient. In the next few weeks, I’ll be giving you a sense of what students in each grade will be doing.

Thanks for considering NEOCA for your student’s education. Please reach out to us with any questions, comments, or suggestions.

Regards,

David E Baum, PhD

Head of School

NEOCA

david.baum@neocacademy.org

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