As with all of our classes, the Kindergarten program is developmentally based, with a greater emphasis on academic learning and lots 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. S cience is a key cirriculum area with kindergarteners studying the life cycle of Monarch butterflies, harvested from the Geneva Day School garden, studying and hatching duck eggs, as well as delving into 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.