As with all of our classes, the Kindergarten program is developmentally based, with a greater emphasis on academic learning and a lot of small group instruction. Whole language and phonics form the core of the reading program, which is supplemented by the Handwriting Without Tears program. Children study letter names and sounds and are encouraged to read simple words and books appropriate to their individual writing and reading levels. Composition is taught through instruction in the formation of letters, words, sentences, and personal journals. Mathematics is taught with a “hands-on” approach through the use of manipulatives and projects.

Rockland Farms - Goodbye Ducks (2)Science is a key curriculum area for our kindergarten students that includes environmental education studies such as the life cycle of monarch butterflies, harvested from the Geneva Day School Children’s Garden; studying and hatching duck eggs; planetary studies and presentations; as well as age-appropriate chemistry and delving into many other topics.  Music & Movement and Art History are also integral to this program. Numerous field trips, special class events, a class garden and support from many volunteers enrich this program.

Recommended Reading List for Five-Year-Olds

5s readingActual Size by Steve Jenkins

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry G. Allard

Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes edited by Elizabeth Hammill

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin

You Will Be My Friend by Peter Brown

No Roses for Harry! by Gene Zion

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Eloise by Kay Thompson

Elephant and Piggie Series by Mo Williams

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why

National Geographic Kids First Big Book of Space (National Geographic Little kids First Big Books)

Knock Knock Who’s There:  My First Book of Knock Knock Jokes by Tad Hill

It’s Hard to Be Five:  Learning How to Work My Control Panel by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell

What Do You Do With an Idea? By Kobi Yamada and Mae Besom

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson


First Books to Read Alone

Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee

Bathtime for Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Today I Will Fly by Mo Willems

Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

Fly Guy Presents:  Space by Tedd Arnold

Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel

George and Martha by James Marshall

Go, Dog Go!  by P.D. Eastman

Henry and Mudge:  The First Book by Cynthia Rylant

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

National Geographic Readers: Planets by Elizabeth Carney