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KINDERGARTEN CLASS
Over 5 years old on August 31st

Children in the kindergarten year (third year in the Montessori primary program) have the unique opportunity to be role models and community leaders and experience the full benefit of Montessori education. They take pride in being the oldest in the classroom. They serve as role models for younger students, which allows them to develop their leadership skills. They reinforce and consolidate their own learning by teaching concepts they have already mastered to their peers. In the kindergarten year, they express confidence, develop self-esteem and self-sufficiency, and show responsibility. 

Pikake Kindergarten students spend their morning in their preferred language primary classroom as class leaders. In the afternoon, they gather in the kindergarten class together with kindergarten friends and teachers. In the kindergarten class, they will be introduced to progressively more advanced Montessori materials and sophisticated, fascinating lessons. The goal in the kindergarten program is to help children build independence, critical thinking, collaboration and leadership to prepare them to transition into elementary school.

CURRICULUMN EXAMPLES FOR KINDERGARTNERS

PRACTICAL LIFE
Grace and Courtesy, Creative sewing (Embroidery), Carpentry (Hammering) 

SENSORIAL
Visual perception and reading (Matching picture and reading cards)
Forming an 18-tablet color wheel and labeling, then drawing and coloring

Discrimination of metric size, geometric objects and names

Perception of three-dimensional shapes/areas with their algebraic foundation (Binomial and Trinomial cubes)

Composing and writing music, notation and singing to tone (Bells, with labels) 

MATH

Addition in 4 digits (Addition: one, two, three and four places)
Exchanging (Dynamic addition and changing)
Forming quantities to 99 with beads and matching to numeral (Ten boards, with problems)
Counting 1,000 chain by 10’s and 100’s, with numerals (Chain of 1,000, with markers)
Counting, squaring, and cubing with chains by 5’s, 6’s, 7’s, 8’s and 9’s with bead bars and numerals (Skip counting, square numbers, cube of numbers)
Subtracting quantities from a larger one, up through 18 (Subtraction strip board) 

Building a multiplication problem with beads (Multiplication with bead bars) 

Dividing a given quantity, up through 81, among skittles (Division board, with problems)

Identifying 3-dimensional fractions, from 1 whole to “a whole in 5 parts” (Fraction skittles, whole to five)

Finding equivalent denominators and adding them (Fraction addition)

WRITING
Practicing writing, both manuscript and cursive, with lightness of touch (Metal inset designs, movable alphabets and writing cards)
Writing name within lines (Free-hand name on prepared paper)
Using loose letters and inventive spelling to create letters and stories (Friendly letter and creative writing) 


LANGUAGE
Labeling objects in the environment (Environment matching cards with tracing paper)
Reading and acting out phonetic commands (Phonetic command cards)

Sorting phonogram objects, matching to sandpaper phonogram cards and writing words (Phonogram buckets and sandpaper cards)
Reading and matching phonograms words and pictures (Phonogram puzzle boxes and work pages, reading booklets and picture boxes) 

Learning commonly used non-patterned words, simple and difficult (Puzzle words) 

Matching and sorting special kinds of words (Synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms)
Placing objects into alphabetical order and sorting words into word associations 

Sorting singular and plural objects and matching with words Reading books from phonetic through phonogram (Reading books) Making phrases with grammar objects (Grammar boxes) Identifying parts of speech with symbol stickers 


GEOGRAPHY
Sorting land, air, and water objects (Three forms of matter)

Making land shapes from clay
Sorting continents into hemispheres
Forming continents or countries from clay (Making clay maps of countries)

Tracing and making country and continent maps (Map making)
Free form drawing and coloring of flags of nations (Flag making)
Matching objects with continent or country (Using artifact boxes of countries) Researching facts about countries (Fact folders of countries)
Identifying national anthems of world countries 


HISTORY
Sorting timing devices for 1, 2, 3 minutes and one hour with labels 

Making a paper clock with quarters and a clock booklet
Making a timeline of “my day”
Matching days of week to timeline (Days of week, with writing)

Making calendar of the month (Calendar making)
Sorting and matching pictures with age of person (Personal timelines) 

Digging in sand for fossils and naming them (Archeological “dig”) 

Laying out earth’s timeline 

Matching and sorting picture cards and labels for the needs of humans throughout history (Food, shelter, clothing, transportation, defense, art, music, and religion)
Reading about a composer, and playing his music
Sorting still-life, landscape, and portrait art

SCIENCE
Sorting magnetic/non-magnetic objects, inorganic/organic objects, living/non-living objects
Matching sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks, with labels (Rocks, three types)
Dissecting flowers and plants and naming parts
Making a parts-of-animals’ booklets
Matching plant picture cards to labels (Matching cards) and making a booklet of plants life

Matching skeleton parts cards with labels (Skeleton matching cards)
Sorting animals with or without backbones (Fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals)
Sorting animals into family groups (Male/female/baby sorting)
Sorting objects showing life cycles for frog and butterfly, with labels
Making a volcano
Laying out planet replicas in their order (System of planets)
Making constellations with lights 


ART
Leaf pressings and rubbings melt art, Crayoned textiles, Crayon engraving, Mono printing
Sculptures, Paper-Mache, Clay modeling, Charcoal drawing, Stitchery