Kindergarten at Daystar
Honoring individuality. Fostering a love for learning.
In small class sizes with low student-to-teacher ratios, kindergarteners at Daystar receive individual attention daily, engaging in "just-right" work that continually moves them toward the next level of academic and social development. Through hands-on activities, students build a strong foundation as well as excitement and confidence about learning.
Our kindergarten program offers a loving, safe environment where creativity and playful learning meet. Below, you'll find a brief overview of what we offer, including:
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What does an International Baccalaureate education look like at the kindergarten level? We integrate traditional academic subjects (math, reading, writing, social studies and science) into transdisciplinary units that allow for inquiry and exploration. This cross-curricular approach allows students to see how what they are learning is interconnected, and how what they are doing relates to the wider world.
Below is a sample schedule that will give you an idea of how our day flows:
8:00: Arrival Routines and Morning Work
8:20: Morning Meeting/ Unit Preview/Read-Aloud
8:45: Physical Education or Spanish
9:35: Choice/Center/Unit Exploration Time (incorporates math, reading, writing, and speaking)
10:45: Mid-Day Meeting/Unit Extension/Read-Aloud
11:00: Choice/Center/Unit Exploration Time
12:30: Quite/Solo Reading Time
1:00: Choice/Center/Unit Exploration Time
2:20: Closing Circle and Dismissal*
*After-school care is available until 5:30 p.m.
Some children entering kindergarten have been in a preschool environment with some core academic and group social skills. Others will be joining a classroom community for the first time and may just be starting to make sense of working with letters, numbers, classmates, and teachers. Daystar teachers are skilled at creating learning experiences that reach all students.
Our kindergarteners flourish through:
Care and support. Teachers are able to offer individualized attention, care, and support to students because we keep our classes small with an average 12:1 student-teacher ratio.
An active learning approach. Worksheets are a rarity at Daystar. Instead, students learn in academic centers curated for hands-on learning. Extending the definition of active learning, Daystar kindergarteners take 10-15 learning excursions a year.
A stimulating environment. From our vibrant classrooms and learning centers to the outdoor gardens, play space, and picnic area, students enjoy an environment designed for whole-child growth.
Modeling kindness. With an unhurried day and gentle reminders about making good choices, our kindergarten team teachers students how to care for themselves and others.
Throughout kindergarten and the primary years, students apply what they are learning to real-life contexts and develop an age-appropriate understanding of global issues. Examining these issues through the lens of God's truth provides a strong foundation for spiritual growth.
Our 21st Century Approach
We believe the best foundations for 21st century skills (creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, etc.) come from interacting with humans more and screens less. Kindergarteners use technology in the classroom in limited ways. For example, iPads may be used alongside active learning within a specific unit. No kindergarten student spends more than 60 minutes per week on a device at school.
A Safe Environment
We go above and beyond best practice and state regulations on facility safety measures and staff background checks. An especially strong exterior (double sets of locked doors, numerous security cameras, etc.) allows students to feel safe within the walls of our school and enjoy age-appropriate levels of autonomy.
Ms. Erin Foley
Education: Bachelors in Early Childhood Education
Teaching Experience: 7th year of Kindergarten
"My favorite thing about teaching is kindergarten is how no two days are the same. Every day is a blank slate and the students will always have an idea in their head that makes the day interesting. The most surprising thing I have learned while teaching is how much better the kids' ideas are then mine! Once I realized how creative their thoughts and unwavering their drive - it completely changed the way I teach. Teaching students this young made me realize how much I have to learn from them. They are truly what God intended with creating humans and are such a good example of what it means to be a forgiving, open-minded, and loving individual."