Kindergarten students will be immersed in a rich oral and print environment to develop oral language and early reading skills. They will also learn to identify and name the uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet, understand that letters represent sounds, and identify beginning consonant sounds in single consonant words. They will comprehend and relate stories through drama, retelling, drawing, and their own writing. Students will engage in a variety of oral language activities to develop their listening and speaking. Students will communicate ideas through drawings, scribbles, letter strings, letter approximations, and dictation to adults. All aspects of literacy will be taught through a balanced literacy framework for instruction, enabling all students to become independent and strategic readers, writers, thinkers, and communicators.
The kindergarten mathematics program provides all students with a rich introductory experience in developmental mathematics. Building strong concepts related to number is an important focus in kindergarten. Hands-on, interactive approaches are used to develop number, measurement, and geometry concepts. Problem solving strategies are developed through activities that allow comparing, counting, and recognizing patterns. The Virginia Standards of Learning (2009) provide the foundation for kindergarten mathematics. Additional standards have been added by Chesterfield County Public Schools.
Kindergarten students at Reams will learn about science through a variety of learning experiences. Students will explore the five senses, water, shadows, magnets, change and the basic needs of plants and animals. The significance of natural resources and conservation is also introduced in kindergarten.
Kindergarten students at Reams will explore history as it relates to events and people of other times and places. Students will identify traditional patriotic symbols of Virginia and America. Students will use maps, globes, and models to investigate how the needs of people in other lands compare and contrast to their own needs while exploring likenesses and differences in customs and traditions. Students will demonstrate what it means to be a good citizen and what is expected of them. Students will be exposed to basic economic concepts to include needs, wants, exchanging money, and saving for the future.