in St. Louis Park
Curriculum and Instruction
Kindergarten is an important time in a child’s life as they start to grow emotionally, socially and academically. We are committed to aligning instruction, curriculum, and assessment in a culturally relevant manner. Here is a glimpse into some of the key components that help us achieve that goal.
It’s typical for Kindergarten classrooms to spend 15-20 minutes, 3-4 days per week on guided reading, which is an instructional approach that involves the teacher working with a small group of students who demonstrate similar reading behaviors and can read similar levels of text. The goal of guided reading time is for students to use strategies independently on their way to becoming fluent, skilled readers. Other literacy concepts introduced and taught include the left to right progression, sentence structure, capitals and punctuation, phonics, site words, and segmenting (pulling words apart) and blending (putting them back together).
Responsive Classroom & Restorative Practices
Responsive Classroom is an evidence-based approach to teaching that focuses on engaging academics, positive community, effective management, and developmental awareness.