About Kindergarten

Children in our full day kindergarten begin the process of becoming lifelong learners and friends. Immersed in a print-rich environment, our youngest students are presented with an authentic purpose for literacy through expeditions. They engage in reading groups, experience literacy through songs, drama and art, and work on letter study and phonics concepts. Expedition work naturally encourages our kindergarteners to learn to work with their peers and solve conflicts peacefully.

As our kindergarteners transition into first grade, teachers continue to develop literacy skills through reading and writing workshop, songs, drama, and art. During expedition time, expectations increase as children apply their developing literacy skills to research and writing. Students begin to develop their number sense through a variety of experiences, daily practice, and finding math in the world around them.

Kindergarten

 

Kindergarten Classroom Expeditions

Season: Spring School Year: 2016-2017

Through the lens of the One Cubic Foot Bio-Blitz, GCCS students in Grades K-5 will examine six different locations along the Genesee River in our first school-wide expedition. The students will study the various large, small, and microscopic species they find as well as investigate the water and soil quality surrounding the area. 

David Liittschwaager designed a frame measuring one cubic foot. For over ten years, he has been placing his cubes into nature to observe and record plants and species that live in and interact with a specific area for a 24-hour period. Liittschwaager has become famous for his work, has written several publications on this project, and has been featured in National Geographic for his tiny lens into our amazing world. With the support and partnership of the Seneca Park Zoo, David Liittschwaager has now turned his attention to our very own Genesee River. By documenting the biodiversity of areas along the Genesee River, the One Cubic Foot project will continue to help monitor the progress of living species in our urban and rural communities along the river. 

In "vertical teams" (mixed grade levels), students will place their cubes, closely observe and examine the tiny ecosystem within that area, count and classify the species they find, and use cameras to document their work. Each grade level will have its own "grain of sand" to focus on as they uncover what the river may be telling our community about its health. This expedition will culminate with a common final product featuring research from all grade levels written in a narrative non-fiction format. This information will be shared in an e-book format on the Genesee RiverWatch website for our youngest community members to access. This e-book will also reveal observational drawings of the species and specimens found during our One Cubic Foot Bio-Blitz.

 

 

News & Announcements
Welcome to Kindergarten!
  • PE days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Wear sneakers and comfortable clothing!
  • Please make sure to send in a complete set of labeled extra clothing for your child.  We keep these in our classroom  in case of accidents.  

Here is our class newsletter!

 

 

Kindergarten
Maggie Deutschbein - Teacher

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mdeutschbein@gccschool.org

Daisy Spencer - Teacher

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dspencer@gccschool.org

Ashlee Henderson – Teaching Assistant

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ahenderson@gccschool.org