Each child is unique, and here at Roycemore we believe that it is our responsibility to meet his or her individual physical, social, intellectual, and emotional needs. Students in our Early Childhood program (preschool ages 3-5) experience a tremendous period of intense growth.
Our youngest students learn to think critically, develop social-emotional awareness, and become part of their classroom community which builds character. Roycemore has carefully crafted classrooms that are diverse learning centers which represent the students and the outside community through the choice of materials and activities. Students work collaboratively to complete projects as part of a team, bringing the projects to life and allowing the children to make sense of all they are learning.
At Roycemore, we present early learning concepts to our preschoolers in a fun, meaningful way—and we leave plenty of time for play!
Our experienced, certified Early Childhood Education teachers present academic skills and concepts to the children in a fun, meaningful way, specifically for preschoolers. Pre-reading and early math skills are integrated throughout the day, during both structured and unstructured classroom activities.
Pre-Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten run from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Kindergarten is a full-day program, from 8:25 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Extended care is available until 3:15 p.m. or 6 p.m. for an additional fee.
In Pre-Kindergarten, we incorporate thematic units in our curriculum while focusing on teaching to each individual student’s academic needs. We have so much fun exploring themes that the students don’t realize they are actually learning!
Some of our themes include: all about me, spiders, pumpkins, friendship, and polar bears. With small class sizes, we are able to focus on a student’s individual and unique skill sets. Differentiating lessons and activities allows us to enhance each child’s learning experience.
Our focus is on both academic and social growth throughout the school day. Our typical day consists of free choice, morning meeting, music/PE, snack, recess, centers, circle time and lunch. During free choice the children are able to choose which games, activities and centers they want to explore. This is a great opportunity for students to have a choice in their learning. At this time they are playing with their friends and exploring how to problem solve. Many of the popular choices during free choice are the dramatic play area and playing with large blocks/Legos on the rug.
Also during free choice the children “sign in” and practice writing their names using the program Handwriting Without Tears. During morning meeting we discuss the daily schedule, classroom jobs, weather, and calendar. We also sing songs and read a story.
During circle time we share stories and take turns being good listeners. This is also our time to practice Zoo Phonics. In centers we work on math, literacy, and fine motor skills. Our centers are structured in a way to make math and literacy fun for kids. Some examples include: fishing for letters, going on a letter hunt, making play dough cookies, or building rocket ships using manipulatives. We strive to make Pre-Kindergarten fun and engaging in order to help create an early love of learning!
The Pre-Kindergarten Day
Pre-Kindergarten is a three or five day a week program that starts at 8:25 a.m. and runs until 11:30 a.m., with options to stay at school for “Lunch Bunch” (lunch and recess) until about 12:30 p.m., until the end of the regular school day at 3:15 p.m., or for the Extended Day option up to 6:00 p.m. — for an additional fee. The three day program runs Tuesday through Thursday.
For families who choose the Extended Day option, children eat lunch at 11:30 a.m. and enjoy recess, nap time and activities in the afternoon. From 7:30 a.m. until the beginning of school, there is a designated room with activities for Lower School students arriving early, supervised by the Pre-Kindergarten assistants.
Pre-Kindergarten is taught by an experienced, certified Early Childhood Education teacher and is supported by assistants with Early Childhood backgrounds. Pre-Kindergarten students must be 3 years old by January 1 of the coming school year.
Our teachers foster children’s social interactions with peers to provide them with opportunities to build a variety of social skills such as cooperation, sharing, taking turns, and respect for others. Through role play activities and group lessons, students learn how to solve classroom problems appropriately and independently. These skills are often practiced during various “play times” throughout the day.
Science and Social Studies
Our Pre-Kindergarten program is organized around a number of different themes or units of study. These themes generally last two to three weeks and help blend science and social studies concepts into the curriculum. This is one opportunity for parents to come into the classroom to share their own expertise in a certain area. We also plan a number of field trips to help students learn more about these topics first-hand.
Early Writing, Reading and Mathematics
Pre-Kindergarten students begin writing the first weeks of school. Using the Handwriting Without Tears program and small pencils, they learn proper pencil grip and proper formation of uppercase and lowercase letters. They also form letters using a variety of materials like clay, sandpaper and buttons. Students participate in small and large group learning with a focus on the alphabet and letter sounds through games, songs, rhymes, and movement. We utilize the Zoo Phonics program, which associates each letter sound with an animal character, movement and rhyme. This allows children with different learning styles to understand phonics.
Number sense and concrete math skills are introduced with hands-on manipulatives and games. Patterns, number recognition, counting and sorting are emphasized in each school day. Teachers continually monitor and assess children to make sure that they are learning at their academic level.
Music, Movement & Art
In the classroom and on the playground, children have daily opportunities for music, movement, physical activity, and art. Students have formal music instruction twice a week with the music teacher, as well as informal classroom instruction. This includes exploration with instruments, body movement, and learning musical terms such as rhythm, beat, and tonation.
Art is provided every day within the pre-kindergarten classroom. A variety of materials are used to help develop creativity and imagination, muscle control, color concepts, release for feelings, and an increase in self-awareness. We also integrate art throughout other content areas to ensure that students have ample opportunities for expression.
Twice a week, pre-kindergarten students have an opportunity to work on gross motor development in the gymnasium. Physical education instruction guides the children in different movement activities such as tumbling, ball techniques, and travel patterns. Age-appropriate games are included as well. Use of the playground and the Gross Motor Room are also part of the daily schedule.
• For children 3-years old as of January 1 of the coming school year
• Three day a week program: Tuesday-Thursday
• Mornings only, “Lunch Bunch” option, or full-day up to 6 pm
• Led by experienced early childhood educators, with specialists for gym and music
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The first weeks of school are “All About Me,” where the students make life-size self portraits of themselves, complete a “Star of the Week” poster to present to the class, and complete many activities to learn about all of our sameness and differences that make us unique.
Some of our other themes include Johnny Appleseed/Apples, where we will learn the history of this interesting historic character, make our own applesauce in class and taste test many different colors and types of apples, all while connecting with our friends who share the same preferences. The students also love the unit “Bats,” where they learn that bats find their prey by using echo location.
They are retaining many interesting facts while playing with their friends. This is one of the myriad ways our intentional teaching through “play” introduces children to a rich curriculum for building critical foundations. Our teachers are able form relationships with each child in order to provide an approach specific to his or her learning style and needs. Each child is challenged to stretch his or her understanding in a developmentally appropriate way. This way, each student experiences early success at his or her own level.
The Junior Kindergarten Day
Junior Kindergarten is a five day a week program that starts at 8:25 a.m. and runs until 11:30 a.m., with options to stay at school for “Lunch Bunch” (lunch and recess) until about 12:30 p.m., until the end of the regular school day at 3:15 p.m., or for the Extended Day option up to 6:00 p.m. — for an additional fee. For families who choose the Extended Day option, children eat lunch at 11:30 a.m.
Academic activities are introduced in the morning and are integrated with enrichment activities in the afternoon. From 7:30 a.m. until the beginning of school, there is a designated room with supervised activities for Lower School students arriving early.
Junior Kindergarten is taught by an experienced Early Childhood Education teacher and is supported by assistants with Early Childhood backgrounds. Junior Kindergarten students must be 4 years old by September 1.
Reading, Writing and Mathematics
Students participate in a variety of activities to help them build their reading and writing skills, including letter sounds, rhyming words, syllables, and learning to break words into individual sounds. During reading groups, students are placed in a group with other children at the same reading level. We use the B.O.B. book series and Raz-Kids guided reading series.
The JK students focus on handwriting skills in their daily sign-in book. Using the Handwriting Without Tears program, they master writing their first and last names and move on to other words and sentence structure, based on each student’s individual development. They also keep a journal where they dictate stories, sounding out words with assistance or writing on their own using developmental spelling.
Each morning, students help read and write a morning letter. To help them read and write, students use and practice the Zoo Phonics program, which associates individual letter sounds with both an animal and an action. They complete charts about the date and the weather. Children actively learn the days of the week, months of the year, and number recognition.
Following the scope and sequence of Math Expressions, students use manipulatives to learn about geometric shapes, sorting, patterns, numbers, measurement, and addition and subtraction. The class works together to gather information to complete pictographs.
Small group time allows teachers to focus on each child’s developmental level. Guided groups of four to six children work on language arts, math, journals, fine motor/art and are heterogeneous so the children are able to work with others at mixed levels. Guided reading groups are formed and assessed throughout the year so the children can work with other children at similar reading levels.
Science and Social Studies
Our Junior Kindergarten program is organized around a number of different themes or units of study, which blend the science and social studies curriculum with the language arts and math activities. The units typically last from one to three weeks. This is also just one of several opportunities for parents to come into the classroom to share their own expertise in an area. We plan a number of field trips to help learn more about these topics first-hand.
Our teachers and administrators help to foster children’s social interactions with peers to provide building opportunities for social skills such as cooperation, sharing, taking turns, problem solving, respect for others, and appreciation and acceptance of individual differences. In addition, they encourage children to think independently, to follow school rules and procedures, to value the opinions of others, and to follow directions.
Music, Art & Movement
In the classroom and on the playground, children have daily opportunities for music, movement, physical activity, and art. Students have formal music instruction twice a week with the music teacher, as well as informal classroom instruction. Music includes use of instruments, exploration of movement, rhythm, and singing songs together.
Art is provided within the Junior Kindergarten classroom every day. A variety of materials are used both independently and in groups. They help develop creativity and imagination, muscle control, color concepts, release for feelings and an increase in selfawareness, and reading and writing readiness.
Three times a week, Junior Kindergarten students work on gross motor development in the gymnasium. Physical education instruction guides the children in activities such as tumbling, movement, ball techniques, gymnastics, body awareness, and cooperative play. Appropriate activities, such as freeze dance and movement games, are also included in the classroom. Every day, weather permitting, free play on the playground or in the Gross Motor Room is a part of the children’s schedule.
Roycemore School believes that technology is an integral educational tool that is fundamental to the learning process. We aim for devices to be seamlessly integrated and invisible in the learning environment. Computer devices are introduced in various ways in Early Childhood, particularly through a classroom set of iPads. Students use educational apps that are relevant to topics they are learning about in class, and that allow them to create and collaborate. In addition, each classroom has a projection and sound system. Teachers work regularly with our Director of Technology to integrate technology meaningfully into the classroom.
Kindergarten is such an exciting year of learning. As readers and writers, Kindergarteners are challenged daily to reach for the stars!
Our Kindergarten program is taught by an experienced and certified Early Childhood Education teacher, and is supported by an assistant with an education background. Our full-day program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., with an option to stay at school until 6:00 p.m. for an additional fee. Starting at 7:30 a.m., for no extra cost, Lower School students arriving early may go to a designated room and participate in supervised activities. Kindergarten students must be 5 years old by September 1.
We start each day with a Morning Meeting where we review the daily schedule, learn/review “popcorn” words, and complete our calendar. Our calendar time is full of math skills as students learn to skip count, extend patterns, identify and add coins, report the weather, create tally marks, and use place value. Morning meeting is also a time to come together as a class and discuss social skills and work through our character education program: The Leader in Me. It is a safe place to share ideas, problem-solving skills and discuss classroom events.
The overall goal of our reading program in Kindergarten is for students to become confident, proficient readers who LOVE books! Kindergarten students are surrounded by literature in the classroom. Books are read daily and through teacher-led activities, students learn and review story elements (author, illustrator, genre, characters, setting).
During our literacy block, students work independently, with partners, and in small groups to complete assigned activities and to receive phonics instruction. Guided reading is conducted in partnerships or small groups to ensure that each child receives what s/he needs to be successful. Writer’s Workshop incorporates mini-lessons, examples of various writing genres, an opportunity to express thoughts, an editing process, and a share time. Students are guided through the writing process and are encouraged to tell their thoughts and ideas daily. Every child is given the opportunity to share his or her work in the author’s chair. Remember, writing is just “telling on paper!”
Every Kindergarten student starts the year as a writer and works to strengthen his/her writing confidence. Manuscript handwriting is taught and practiced in Kindergarten using the Handwriting Without Tears program. The manuscript handwriting style is the letter style that is most often used in early elementary reading books as well. The proper writing techniques are accompanied with catchy verbal prompts that help the writer when forming letters (i.e. “e” is ‘hit the ball and run the bases’).
Math and Science
Roycemore uses the Houghton Mifflin Math Expressions program to encourage natural exploration of numbers, patterns, addition, subtraction, probability, measurement, graphing, time, money, and estimation. Through the children’s involvement in small and whole group activities, a firm understanding of mathematical concepts is developed. The Math Expressions program uses many hands-on games that can be differentiated for all learners, and the program provides a solid foundation for elementary mathematics. Each child receives math instruction in both small groups and partnerships multiple times per week.
Science is integrated into the curriculum through independent discovery as well as small and whole group activities. Students are provided with opportunities for learning in physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and astronomy. Activities and displays in the room help students develop a sense of awareness, develop observation and discrimination skills, develop concepts through first-hand experience, develop respect for environment, and learn to care for their own bodies as well as plants and animals.
The purpose of Social Studies in Kindergarten is to help students take new ideas and relate these to his/her own world and experiences. Through the study of important events, people, holidays, cultures from around the world, and our Flat Stanley project, students will develop a sense of self, family and others, community awareness, cultures and tradition, and more. Every week, we also incorporate current events as one student becomes a news reporter, sharing an article with the class.
Drama is incorporated into all areas of study and provides opportunities for social and communication skills development, comprehension, increase in understanding of specific academic concepts, memorization of short stories or poems, and language and problem solving skills to promote healthy social interaction. Students have formal music instruction twice a week with a music teacher, as well as informal classroom instruction. Music includes the use of instruments, exploration of movement, rhythm, and singing songs together.
Formal art instruction takes place twice a week but is incorporated in the classroom daily. A variety of materials are used to develop creativity and imagination, muscle control, color concepts, release for feelings and an increase in self-awareness.
Roycemore School believes that technology is an integral educational tool that is fundamental to the learning process. We aim for devices to be seamlessly integrated and invisible in the learning environment. Students have the opportunity to use a set of iPads during small group time in the classroom for a variety of purposes. Educational games supporting literacy and math, as well as art programs, are available.
We incorporate technology into our instruction daily, using a computer-based projection system while different students come up to manipulate items on the whiteboard. Teachers work regularly with our Director of Technology to integrate technology meaningfully into the classroom.
Physical Education & Recess
Five days a week, Kindergarten students work on gross motor development in the gymnasium. Physical education instruction guides the children in activities such as tumbling, movement, ball techniques, gymnastics, body awareness, and cooperative and competitive play. The children also go outside for recess 45-60 minutes every day that weather permits.
Roycemore’s Extended Day Program (EDP) is available for students in pre-kindergarten through Grade 5, for an additional fee. EDP provides socialization, outdoor and indoor physical activities, enrichment and snacks. EDP begins at 7:30 a.m. and goes from after school until 6:00 p.m. The Extended Day Program is also offered during some vacation periods.