What does “play-based” education mean in kindergarten?
Play-based curriculum brings content learning to the mind of a child, respecting what we know about children’s development.
Academic disciplines are integrated into the curriculum through educational games, art, investigation, research and dramatic play that is based on student interests.
Cornerstone kindergarten uses a balanced approach to literacy by combining phonics, invented spelling, handwriting and whole language reading experiences with children’s literature.
Cornerstone’s kindergarten teachers support children’s sophisticated comprehension of texts, while also building decoding skills of breaking down and building up words to learn to read.
Kindergarten children are developmentally concrete thinkers and hands on learners; manipulating objects is a gateway to understanding abstract math concepts and formulas.
Cornerstone teachers guide foundational math experiences in composition and decomposition of number. NJ State standards of addition, subtraction, multiplication of sets, 2D & 3D geometry, spatial relations, measurement, data collection and visual representation are all covered using our hands-on approach.
Throughout the year kindergarten students at Cornerstone study science that is meaningful to them. Our science program brings them knowledge of the natural world by teaching them key strategies for learning. Each student develops their talents for observation, documentation, inquiry and experimentation.
Prepared for First Grade
To focus solely on the academic learning that takes place in the Cornerstone kindergarten classroom would leave out a large part of why our students go to first grade prepared to succeed!
Through our emphasis on critical thinking and verbal expression of ideas, our students become reflective thinkers.
They have confidence to voice their original thoughts, questions and insights.
Cornerstone kindergarteners learn to be self-motivated and industrious workers through a focus on goal setting and marking of accomplishments. Throughout the year a portfolio of each students work is maintained and reviewed.
Cornerstone teachers develop the social/emotional intelligence of each student by scaffolding their productive self-expression, their flexible problem solving with peers and their resilient self-confidence.
Our understanding of the importance of addressing all areas of development means Cornerstone teachers take the time to facilitate students working through social negotiations and allowing our student to build positive self-images.