As the children grow and develop, the Kindergarten program is a true preparation for lower school with longer class times in all subjects. Class times are planned to promote focus, and balance seated work with movement, and group activities. Students also learn more independence and responsibility through classroom jobs, managing homework logs and folders, and taking care of one’s own belongings. Kindergarten highlights include a unique mascot the children study and remember as they go through HDS, a Super Star program that allows each child to share his/her family heritage and culture, and Under Water Day, the culmination of a marine biology unit.
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The reading program features the diverse and dynamic Superkids. Each Supkerkid has a unique personality and provides a character lesson along with interactive and online components that attract and encourage the children to read. The children are placed in small groups to ensure individual support of their reading and writing skills.
Math continues to focus on building a strong number sense through a variety of games, activities, and manipulatives including, but not limited to, mastering:
the fundamentals of addition and subtraction
addition facts up to 12 and from 12
count to 120 by 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s? To 20 by 2’s
the use of a graph
how to identify and extend a 3 or 4 part pattern
how to use measurement and tell time to the hour and half hour
how to identify geometric shapes and their properties
how to identify and understand value of the penny, nickel, and dime, and count like coins to one dollar
Science units are supported through the field experience program to allow students to authentically apply new found knowledge about plant and animal life cycles, the study of habitats,and health and nutrition, among others.
Students are challenged to develop observational skills, vocabulary, and communication skills to explain scientific concepts such as
Art instruction at Harford Day School is interdisciplinary and related to topics being studied in social studies, science or other subjects. This holistic approach is no different in K-Prep and Kindergarten. Using different mediums from clay to paint, students learn about a subject from many different perspectives in an age appropriate manner. Apples, lady bugs, snowmen, trees--you name it. Amazing works are created as the art teacher skillfully breaks down each project into fun, creative steps that hone the children's fine motor skills.