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Kindergarten Curriculum

The Kindergarten curriculum provides students with exposure to a variety of fields of inquiry. Approaches to teaching vary from school to school, however, all programs are standards based. DPS uses the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to plan for instruction, click here for more information on the CCSS. Visit the CCSS website for more information.

For any specific questions about a school’s curriculum, we encourage you to reach out to the school. Here are a few questions that you might want to ask:

  • What are your units of study?
  • How might I support the school with the curriculum?
  • What are your expectations of me in supporting my child with the curriculum?
  • How do you measure growth?
  • What is your homework policy?

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 partnerships 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