The Kindergarten Program at Gaithersburg Presbyterian Preschool and Kindergarten (GPP&K) is licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education and follows a Maryland State approved kindergarten curriculum. This will be our 31st year of Kindergarten instruction!
Our classes consist of an average of 20 children with one Maryland State certified teacher and one assistant teacher.
Our kindergarten is an activity oriented program and includes many "hands on" and direct experiences. The program is designed to accommodate individual differences in children and to promote a love of learning. We provide an atmosphere in which the child can be successful and build a strong self-esteem. The instruction is delivered in many forms including individual instruction, small group experiences, and large group/circle time activities.
Christian Education is the cornerstone of our school. We are a ministry of the Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church. The children hear a weekly Bible story every Wednesday from their teacher. Chapel Time takes place every Monday in the church sanctuary with our music teacher. This is a special time to hear a Bible message/story and to sing and experience music with other classes from our school. The children learn what a special place the church sanctuary is.
Reading/Language Arts will be lessons from the SRA McGraw Hill, Open Court Phonics Level-K curriculum. Instruction includes letter stories, games, songs, and other activities to teach letter/sound recognition. The program offers direct instruction in blending all the sounds to form words. The child will build fluency through guidance in listening and speaking objectives. Books, poems, and language experience stories are used to extend vocabulary and to motivate children in writing their own stories. The Word Wall and flash cards are other instructional tools that are utilized. Handwriting instruction is taught and homework is to be expected. We will explore the writing process with theme journals, science journals, and a sentence response to a book.
Math will be lessons from the SRA McGraw Hill Math Explorations and Applications Level K curriculum. Students have individual workbooks to reinforce math objectives. Students will also have opportunity to develop understanding through hands-on math manipulative activities and the use of the classroom computer. Through various activities the program will emphasize classification, counting, one-to-one correspondence, measure, sets, more/less, shapes, patterns, value of money, telling time, as well as addition and subtraction. A cooking project is completed by the children every Friday to focus on sequencing, following directions, and measuring.
Social Studies theme is My World which includes the units: About Me, My Family, Friendships, Our Community, and The World. Incorporated into these units are lessons on safety, health, manners, as well as geography. This program utilizes the SRA Story Path materials and emphasizes cultural, social interaction, critical thinking and civic competence.
Science will be lessons from SRA McGraw Hill which gives students the foundation of knowledge about life, earth and physical sciences, as well as key concepts on good health. In addition, a variety of literature based materials enrich the program.
~ Life Science includes
senses, living and non living things, plants and animals
Science 'Plus' Program will utilize 'hands-on' activities to encourage inquiry in order to challenge the children to observe, measure and experiment.
Physical Education occurs every day through outdoor or indoor large motor activities.
Sharing Time is an
opportunity for each child during the week to have a special day to share an
item from home with their classmates. This is another opportunity for the
children to practice their listening and speaking skills.
Cooking Program our cooking program is designed to enhance our academic curriculum. The children will use mathematic and scientific thinking by making predictions, measuring and sequencing. Cooking together in the classroom engages all of their five senses. It reinforces literacy and vocabulary as children and teachers read recipes together and learn new words relating to different types of food. In this unit we will explore new and interesting ways to expose them to healthy foods to encourage children to make healthy choices! The monthly theme for cooking projects will be highlighted on the Kindergarten Cooking bulletin board along with weekly recipes.
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610 South Frederick Avenue,
Gaithersburg, MD 20877