Our approach to Kindergarten education (5 years old)
Entering Kindergarten is one of the biggest steps your child will take and selecting the appropriate Kindergarten environment is important. Our Kindergarten classes combine our L.E.A.P early education curriculum with an environment of fun, open-ended exploration, investigation, discovery, and building self-confidence and self-esteem.
It’s the perfect opportunity for optimum growth in academics, socialization, physical fitness, and emotional well-being.
What our Kindergarten curriculum includes
Kindergarteners at TLE® learn about and master many of the skills and concepts necessary to enter first grade:
- How to recognize and write letters, numbers, and their first and last name using proper spacing and letter formation.
- How to use the library and read literature
- Language development
- Computer experience with specially selected software and programs
- Visual discrimination
- Health and nutrition
- Journal writing
- Understanding the purpose of the calendar
- Identify the planet, country, state, and city that they live in
- How to utilize objects of scientific exploration
- How to explore the world of art, music, physical fitness, science and dance
Our curriculum components
We offer Kindergarten in select centers as part of our ongoing effort to push for excellence in early childhood education. Our Kindergarten students are learning from state-certified teachers and are being prepared for the big jump to first grade. Having graduated as TLE preschoolers, our Kindergarten students are even more prepared than your average student and are ready to tackle this new phase of learning.
Our Kindergarten curriculum meets or exceeds all standards in all the states in which we operate. This sets your child up for success as they engage in more opportunities for cooperative learning and group work in TLE’s proprietary Kindergarten Experience ® programs in Kindergarten Math, Science and Social Studies.
Each of these Kindergarten programs also include a technology component, as their books contain activities linked to the L.E.A.P. Interactive board and challenges them with new activities to reinforce their learning.
Our programs for Kindergartners
The magic of math comes alive for our Kindergarteners through understanding ordinals and counting by 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s; sorting and classifying objects using a variety of attributes such as size, color and number of corners; recognizing and drawing different shapes; measurement and comparison; time and money; and addition and subtraction.
Our Science curriculum encompasses learning in the areas of physical science, earth sciences, life sciences and the basics of scientific investigation and experimentation. Children will learn to identify and describe the physical properties of objects, observe and describe weather, and explain the characteristics and behaviors of both living and non-living things.
Starting from an understanding of their roles within their families and neighborhoods, our Social Studies curriculum grows with children to introduce larger social relationships and civic responsibilities. A foundation is also built to prepare children for later studies in history and geography.
Fun With Phonics®
The skills children have already built in our Fun With Phonics program continue to grow in our Kindergarten program. Children’s basic understanding of letters and sounds advances to more complex words and sentences. Correct spelling and grammar are also introduced and reinforced.
In addition to reading, Kindergarteners’ interest in and love of writing is also reinforced. A variety of journaling and self-expression exercises reward children’s appreciation of the language arts and storytelling.
Our programs for Kindergarteners
6:30–8:00 Early Arrival Program/Greeting the Children/
8:00–8:30 Circle Time
Attendance, Weather, Calendar, Daily Preview of Activities
8:30–8:45 Snack Time
Nutritious snack will be served
8:45–10:15 Language and Literacy
Reading Instruction, Phonics and Literacy Centers
Whole Group Instruction, Guided/Shared Writing, Independent Writing and Small Group/1 on 1)
Whole Group Instruction, Small Group/1 on 1 and Cross-Curricular Math Centers
12:00–12:30 Lunch/Quiet Time
12:30–1:30 Science or Social Studies
1:30–2:00 Outdoor/Indoor Play
2:00–3:00 Learning Centers
Science/Discovery, Art/Music, Sensory, Reading/Library, Math Manipulatives, Blocks, Family Living/Dramatic Play
3:00–4:00 School-Age Arrival
4:00–4:30 Outdoor/Indoor Play
4:30–4:15 Whole Group PBL
Discuss Driving Question, Update KWL Chart
4:15–5:30 PBL Activities
Work Toward Final Product
5:30–5:45 Whole Group PBL Wrap-up
5:45–6:00 Snack/Prepare for Dismissal/Free Choice Centers
Art, Sensory, Language, Math, Fine Motor, Technology, Science, Child-Initiated Activities
Our year-end Kindergarten milestones
Every day will be a fun new adventure at TLE® for your little one, and while our lessons and curriculum prepare them to meet important goals, we want to ensure they are developing at the right pace.
A snapshot of several of the many milestones your Kindergartner should reach this year:
- Build on challenging academic concepts introduced in our preschool curriculum
- Learn advanced concepts in math, science, social studies, and language and literacy
- Learn through activities that cater to visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning styles
- Demonstrate mastery of concepts through paper and pencil assessment, hands-on projects, learning labs, performances, and more
Enrichment Programs for Kindergarten
Our enrichment programs are an extension of the curriculum, providing in-depth, hands-on learning experiences to our little learners enabling them to develop mastery in a fun and engaging manner. At no additional cost, our enrichment curriculum provides a home-to-school connection for all children with specifically chosen kits to take home following each session, allowing the continuation of the child’s passion outside of the classroom.
Our Little Musicians Enrichment Program provides age-appropriate kits for our little learners to use to explore instruments, beats, and songs. They will use their creative expression, interact with their peers, and ultimately build confidence as they learn emotional regulation and strengthen their cognitive language abilities. Parents will have the opportunity to join in a family showcase at the end of the program to support home learning.
Our Little Engineers enrichment program provides age-appropriate kits for our little learners to use to participate in problem-solving activities that encourage creativity, perseverance, and real-life application skills. Children will work through challenges and tasks individually, in pairs, or as a team, leading to the strengthening of relationships and social-emotional regulation. Parents will have the opportunity to join in a family showcase at the end of the program to support home learning.
Our Summer Program provides age-appropriate activities to help our little learners discover the benefits of an active lifestyle by sharing the joys of fitness and making healthy choices. Speak to a TLE® center near you for more information.
The Kindergarten enrichment kit is specifically designed to meet age- appropriate developmental milestones, supporting problem solving activities. Through hands on learning experiences, children are supported to foster creativity, perseverance, and real-life application experimenting with programming our friendly Cody Beebot in their TLE center and utilizing early mapping skills with their Bubbles car! Children can test their programming skills by using their enrichment kit resources, containing a Bubbles car, Happyville map, and Phoebe’s alphabet mat. All these items go home at the end of the 17-week program to continue their learning!