Kindergarten Mission Statement
The mission of kindergarten is to set the foundation for a lifelong love of learning and to make a positive difference in the lives of children professionally supported through peer, teacher, and community members.

 

Kindergarten is a time for your child to grow academically, socially, and emotionally throughout the year. Our focus will be on the kindergarten curriculum, and more importantly, working on learning to share, showing respect to one another, doing things independently for ourselves, solving our own problems, using common sense, taking initiative, and doing the right thing because it’s the right thing to do.  Kindergarten is so much more than just learning the academics, and meeting benchmarks, it’s growing and developing as a whole child. 

Parents also enrich our curriculum.  Parents help with projects at home, including a family album, a 100 Day vest, and a family flag.  Joining the PTA, volunteering in the science lab, working at the book fair, helping in the library, and planning classroom parties are just a few of the other ways the parents support our kindergarteners.

Kindergarten Literacy Program
Reading consists of 2 basic components:

  1. decoding
  2. comprehension

 

A well-rounded literacy program must not focus solely on either component. Decoding is the aspect of reading people most commonly focus on.

The basis for decoding is phonological awareness. Our kindergarten program includes many experiences with phonological awareness including rhyming, word play, chants, songs, read-alouds, alphabet arc, word & letter sound "pull down" work, syllable segmentation, teaching of terminology, sound blending, and phoneme isolation and deletion.

The basis for comprehension in reading is receptive and expressive oral language experiences. Our kindergarten program is rich with language experiences including predicting, making inferences, answering "wh" questions through work with story elements and shared reading and writing, describing objects using the "describing hierarchy", literature experiences to reinforce reading strategies such as using picture cues, and labeling the beginning, middle and end of a story, making associations with previous learning, and using interactive reading and writing techniques such as the "daily news" and each child's own "bag of books."
Children who have become skilled at decoding WITHOUT becoming equally skilled at comprehending will not be successful readers by third grade.
It is vital to remember that decoding can continue while comprehension breaks down!

We use a balanced approach to teaching literacy, which includes shared reading, guided reading, interactive read-alouds, shared writing, interactive writing, and writer’s workshop.

Math Program
The math curriculum at Frostwood is designed with the child in mind! We believe that children learn through hands on experiences using a large variety of manipulatives.  Through the math workshop approach children are encouraged to explore a wide choice of activities which are aimed at 2 final goals - comprehension and lifelong love of learning. We have found that by using many approaches to one main concept we can reach and teach every child. If you visited our Kindergarten classrooms you might see some students using pattern blocks, others geoboards and bands, groups with collections, and still others working with traditional pencil and paper. Areas of instruction include but are not limited to : patterns, sorting, classifying, graphing, counting, combining and separating sets and solving problems.

Science Units
Science units at Frostwood are hands on learning experiences.  The units are enriched with field trips around Houston, guest speakers, and science laboratory experiments.  These enhance the curriculum and provide the children with real world applications.

  • Magnetism – Physical Science
  • Rocks/Soil/Water – Physical Science
  • Can You Dig It? Dinosaurs – Life/Earth Science
  • All About Plants – Life Science

 

Social Studies Units
Social studies units are developed to focus on the child, their community, their state, and continent.  Entire families are involved in the learning process through creating family albums, traditions, and community goodwill projects.

  • Routines and Citizenship
  • USA
  • Columbus Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Homes and Family Traditions
  • Continents (in conjunction with the Frostwood International Festival)
  • US presidents
  • Cowboys and Ranches
  • Economics - Grocery Store