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
While each day is a fun new adventure at TLE®, the lessons and curriculum are preparing your kindergartener to meet important end-of-year goals — to ensure early childhood development at the right pace.
For our kindergarteners, those goals are:
- Engage in academic instruction with content that meets and exceeds nationally recognized standards of excellence (Common Core Mathematics and the Next Generation Science Standards), standards for each state that we operate in, and early learning developmental standards that will challenge our accelerated learners
- Receive instruction that supports various learning styles, including visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners
- Be taught skills and concepts that are presented using brilliant images, hands-on learning labs, and technology experiences
- Participate in various forms of assessment; including teacher observation, student portfolio, written assessment, and hands-on performance-based assessments, to afford the student multiple avenues and opportunities to demonstrate mastery and understanding
Enrichment Programs for kindergarten
From six weeks to six years old, our little learners benefit from mandatory enrichment programs implemented through our very own Charlie Choo Choo Enrichment Program. They’re provided in kit formats that are taken home at the end of the unit, giving families an opportunity to extend their children’s learning experience.
Movin’ N Groovin’ and Super Soccer
Movin’ N Groovin’® is an enrichment offered in addition to our Physical Fitness program. It focuses on healthy habits and offers additional ways of staying healthy and fit. Our Super Soccer program introduces the children to the team-building skills found in soccer as they learn to pass the ball to a teammate, dribble and score.
Dancing Feet and Yippee 4 Yoga
Our kindergarteners are also introduced to Dancing Feet and Yippee 4 Yoga, which invite and encourage them to move their bodies, develop those physical and intellectual muscles and teach them strategies in converting stress into positive and healthy energy.
Dramatic play takes center stage in Talent Sprouts®. In addition to further developing their fine and gross motor skills children also pretend and act out different characters, animals, and imaginary and real-world situations.