Kindergarten/Dev. First Grade

SNU's School for Children - a Child Development Laboratory School - Grade Divisions

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Our full day Kindergarten program offers a curriculum which is based on the knowledge of how young children develop and learn. The learning environment provides a wide variety of classroom activities which foster all areas of development: intellectual, language, physical and social; and provides the challenge for children to learn according to their individual growth patterns.

Reading and Language Arts

Young children begin to develop language arts skills through the context of shared reading with quality children's literature, shared writing, language experience, reading and writing centers. The Reading and Language Arts Program focuses on print awareness, phonological/phonemic awareness skills, phonics/decoding, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. These skills are integrated into daily activities.

Reading and Language Arts Program Activities

  • Word walls
  • Language Experience
  • Shared reading
  • Small reading groups
  • Sight-word vocabulary
  • Book check-out
  • Independent reading time
  • Phonics skills
  • Book knowledge
  • Peer reading
  • Interactive writing
  • Journal writing
  • Shared writing
  • Poetry
  • Inventive spelling
  • Individualized skill groups
  • Print Awareness


Young children begin to develop mathematical understanding through experiences with a wide variety of real objects provided in learning centers and practical situations (e.g. blocks, pegs, buttons, cooking).

Mathematics Program and Activities

  • Hands-on experiences
  • Patterns
  • Number sense
  • Geometry and spatial sense
  • Measurement
  • Data analysis
  • Calendar skills
  • Cooking experiences

Science and Social Studies

Science and social studies is integrated into themes of interest throughout the year and includes experiences with animals, plants, the environment, geography, history, and economics. Learning experiences are provided through learning centers, resource people, projects, and field trips.

Christian Values

  • Bible stories
  • Character Development
  • Prayer
  • Daily devotions
  • Christian teachers