Kindergarten Curriculum

The Kindergarten curriculum provides students with exposure to a variety of fields of inquiry. Below is a sample week of literacy activities in Kindergarten. Exact activities vary from school to school and these activities complement work in other subjects. For a complete Kindergarten curriculum, please visit the Curriculum and Instruction website.

Kindergarten: Week at a Glance Model

Day 1 — Phonemic Awareness Lesson

WHOLE GROUP ACTIVITIES

  • Daily phonemic awareness lesson: beginning sounds
  • Introduce Alphafriends using picture cards, riddles, CD, and Alphafolder

TEACHER-LED SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES

  • Using picture cards, listen for beginning sound and compare sounds
  • Place picture cards under Alphafriends with same beginning sound

INDEPENDENT AND SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES

  • Children work in partner ships in Phonics Center
  • Children categorize picture cards by beginning sounds

Day 2 — Phonics and High-Frequency Words Lesson

WHOLE GROUP ACTIVITIES

  • Daily phonemic awareness lesson
  • Initial consonant lesson: teach letter name and sound
  • Students think of other words with same initial sound and teacher lists on board
  • Introduce high-frequency word and review high-frequency words on word wall

TEACHER-LED SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES

  • Compare initial consonant sound and other sounds using Alphafriend card, letter card, and picture cards (sort pictures according to initial sound)
  • Children practice writing letter on white boards
  • Use word cards, picture cards, and punctuation cards to build sentences

INDEPENDENT AND SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES

  • Children work in Phonics Center
  • Children practice writing letters they learned

Days 3-4 — Phonics Review Lessons

WHOLE GROUP ACTIVITIES

  • Daily phonemic awareness lesson
  • Review letter/sound from Day 2 and other needed sounds

TEACHER-LED SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES

  • Give each child a picture card related to the week’s sound (or review sounds) and have child name picture card and beginning sound
  • Use Phonics Library Book for oral language development, retelling, fluency, and phonics practice

INDEPENDENT AND SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES

  • Children practice writing the letter that matches the sound
  • Children read Phonics Library Book to partners
  • Using Phonics Library BLM, children highlight words containing the week’s sound
  • Children work in Phonics Center

Day 5 — Review and Reteach Phonics and High-Frequency Word Lessons

WHOLE GROUP ACTIVITIES

  • Daily phonemic awareness lesson
  • Review new initial consonant
  • Review previous sounds and letter names
  • Review high frequency words

TEACHER-LED SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES

  • Children use word cards, picture cards, and punctuation cards to build sentences
  • Dictate sounds to children and have them write sounds on white boards

INDEPENDENT AND SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES

  • Children create a list of words that begin with the week’s letter
  • Children practice writing sentences with this week’s high-frequency words
  • Children work in Phonics Center