The purpose of the kindergarten language arts curriculum is to review previously learned skills, to introduce new skills and to give the children the opportunity to practice skills, to explore materials, to work independently and with other children, and to receive instruction at their own level.
In kindergarten, there is a focus on two critical areas: (1) representing, relating, and operating on whole numbers, initially with sets of objects; and (2) describing shapes and space.
The purpose of the Kindergarten social studies curriculum is to introduce the child to the world outside the classroom and community. The children learn about the people and events we celebrate on our own national holidays and they also listen to folktales, true stories, and songs from around the world. The children are encouraged to become better citizens; to learn the responsibilities of belonging to a group; to work cooperatively within a group; to be respectful of others and to share with those less fortunate.
Students will develop an understanding of patterns and variations in local weather, the effects of different strengths or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of an object to analyze a design solution and what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive and the relationship between their needs and where they live.
The crosscutting concepts of patterns; cause and effect; systems and system models; interdependence of science, engineering, and technology; and influence of engineering, technology, and science on society and the natural world are called out as organizing concepts for these disciplinary core ideas.