Because students enter school at very different stages of development, Charles Wright’s teachers make every effort to accommodate their levels of physical, emotional, and cognitive maturity. Every child has a personal development clock, and we provide multilevel educational experiences designed to challenge, without frustrating, each child. Our teachers provide nurturing, patience, and encouragement. Our students develop academic skills by listening, observing, and doing.
During their first year as Tarriers, junior kindergartners discover the joys of learning and of belonging to a community. Their classroom is nurturing, supportive, and playful. The curriculum is rich in language arts and math. There are many opportunities to explore, discover, create, pretend, sing, and play.
Junior kindergartners attend weekly art classes, library, science labs, and chapel (an interfaith class on core values). They study music, Spanish, and fitness twice a week. Every day they have recess, snack time, and rest time.
We have two kindergarten classrooms, both with a mix of students who are new to Charles Wright and those who completed junior kindergarten. Their teachers focus on both intellectual and social development.
Reading, writing, and speaking skills are developed through the use of both a whole language approach and phonics. Students are then introduced to the Zaner-Bloser handwriting system. They draw and write in journals regularly, using inventive spelling. Parallel to this, students begin learning spelling patterns. Story time and quiet time for choosing books encourage students to explore literature. Teachers use the Everyday Math program blended with Math Their Way. They also use manipulatives, play games, and do problem-solving exercises.
Kindergartners have weekly science, art, library, and chapel classes. Music and Spanish are twice a week. Fitness meets four times a week. Every day they have two recess breaks and snack time.