Kindergarten Units of Study
All About Me!
Who am I?
How are we the same? How are we different?
What is special about me?
The kindergarten school year begins with the children learning all about themselves and their classmates. They catch up with some old friends and meet some new ones. The All About Me unit explores the topics of feelings, being healthy, the senses, and our homes and school communities. This unit continues through the rest of our Kindergarten year as each child is chosen to be the Star of the Week. Children bring to school special books, pictures, toys and even family members- pets included- to share with their classmates. A special class book is created for each Star of the Week.
Apples, Apples, Apples!
Where do apples come from?
How do apples grow?
What can we make from apples?
The Apple unit jumps into learning about healthy habits. This unit provides the students with many learning opportunities to enhance early literacy skills. Activities include sorting and graphing a variety of apples, counting seeds and even learning about oxidation. Kindergarten also creates a variety of art projects using apples and apple shapes. The highlight of the unit is to traveling to a working orchard and cider mill and making apple treats from those apples we picked!
Leaves and Trees: Working Together
Why do leaves change colors?
What are the parts of a leaf?
What role do leaves play in the life of a tree?
A continuation of our Apple Unit, the kindergarten students learn about a variety of leaves and why they change colors in the autumn months. In addition, students learn all about the parts of leaves and trees and what their jobs entail. Students go on a fall walk to observe and collect leaves, as well as, to study squirrels and other animals that call the trees their home.
Holidays Around the World
How do different cultures celebrate holidays?
Why are holidays important to us?
The fall and winter months are very busy with so many holidays. In addition to our main units of study kindergarten celebrates Thanksgiving, Las Posadas, Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanza. They will also learn why these events are special to us. Many fun activities and projects are planned for these holidays!
Animals in Winter
How do animals prepare for winter?
How do plants prepared for winter?
How do we prepare for winter?
Adaptation, hibernation, migration? Where do all the animals go in winter? In this unit kindergarten will learn about the preparations and changes that a variety of animals experience when getting ready for winter. Squirrels, deer, birds, and bears are the many animals that will be studied.
Where in the World is Australia?
Where is Australia?
What makes Australian animals unique?
What makes Australians unique?
Brrrrrr! What’s the opposite of winter? Summer. Come along to the land down under where our wintertime is their summertime. In this unit, kindergarten will learn about the seven continents and then board a ficticious plane to fly to Australia. Our flight is scheduled to arrive in January and we will meet so many interesting animals. Many that can only be found on this amazing continent! The highlight of this unit will be a corraboree where kindergarten will cook snags on the barbie, make icypoles and have some biscuits- all to celebrate Australia’s Independence Day. The blokes and sheilas love this!
What is a Rainforest?
Where are rainforests found?
What products do we get from the rainforest?
What are rainforests important?
Australia has a rainforest but perhaps the best known rainforest is in Brazil. This unit will focus on the continent of South America and visit the many exotic and important plants and animals of the rainforests. A culminating project will be to recreate a rainforest in the kindergarten classrooms.
On a Rocket Ship Ride...
Where is space?
What is a star?
What is a solar system?
The final frontier? Well for this school year anyway. Travelers in olden days used to use to stars to navigate around the globe so in this unit our kindergarten students will be learn about travelling using the constellations. The sun, stars, planets and moon will be the final unit of study where students will recreate some well known constellations and even a moon landing.