Little Folks' Kindergarten is NAEYC accredited with a focus on the skills needed for first grade, with learning in smaller groups. Our developmental program includes academic development as well as physical/perceptual coordination, and social/emotional growth. We follow Idaho State Kindergarten standards. Kindergarten at Little Folks eliminates the need or worry about transportation to and from public kindergarten or before/after childcare costs and provides your child with one consistent secure environment for the day.
Kindergarten is included in our regular rates. We subscribe to Scholastic's Weekly Reader and Science Spin newspapers for your child.
You may enrich your child's experiences by participating in the on-site tumbling classes when available.
We'll learn the Pledge of Allegiance and we offer a Christian program including Bible stories and prayer before meals. Kindergartners will perform the play of "Jesus' Birth" at our annual Christmas Program. A special Graduation Program will be featured in May.
Literacy and Reading Instruction
We learn phonics through learning games, A Beka phonics and math workbooks, Saxon Readers and phonics media. We'll write about field trips and topics of interest. Children are encouraged to create and write their own stories with their own words and ideas. Another literacy activity is a chart sized letter written to the class by their teacher. It's a great opportunity for learning reading, vocabulary, sight words, phonics, punctuation, and develop comprehension. We'll learn reading in small group and one on one instruction time. Parents are teachers too! We also participate in Pizza Hut's Book-It program, where reading at home earns your child pizza!
Math is taught through hands-on activities where the children learn number concepts, sorting, counting, classifying, sizes, fractions, measuring and graphing by doing real life lessons. We'll learn to count to 100 by ones, fives, and tens to celebrate 100 days in school with a party! We'll use math workbooks and learn how to write the numerals too.
Our kindergarten computers offer your child an introduction to computer basics. We'll learn phonics and reading on the computer, and also math, vocabulary, and science activities.
Learning in Kindergarten
Children learn in in a variety of ways. To develop coordination and thinking and symbolic thought skills you will see lots of puzzles, art, block play, music and dance, literature, science, animals, cooking, perceptual motor skills, and large motor skills outdoors. We hold group 'circle times' for listening skills, attention span, memory growth, and learning alphabet and phonics skills, spelling color words, learning numbers and sequence skills. Through play, children gain skills of sharing, cooperation, and problem solving.
Entering your child into kindergarten when he/she is most ready is one vital decision you can make. The child who is too young or not quite ready will find frustration instead of the joy of learning. You may choose to give him/her another year to grow and mature and enter them next year. The effects will carry even beyond your child's 13 years of school. If your child is a spring or summer birthday, be especially careful in your decision. Our pre-K class can help you evaluate emotional and academic readiness.
Supplies in Kindergarten
Please bring the following items:
Please no names on these items as we use a cooperative sharing system on each table. Your child will have a file in the classroom for workpages and art etc. Please check this daily.
Your excitement about going to school, pride in your child's work, and reading together daily will get them off to a good start! Be certain your child is on time (8:45 Mon-Fri).
Our role is to provide the opportunity for each child to learn the necessary readiness skills for first grade in a small, nurturing classroom. We try to provide one-on-one teaching where needed and lots of encouragement and hope you will too, enriching their day's learning at home also. We look forward to an exciting year of learning and an enriching program with your child!