Kindergarten

Faculty
Mary Baldwin Rm. 133 mbaldwin@mufsd.com
Cathie Dickerson Rm. 129 cdickerson@mufsd.com
Jennifer McGunnigle
Lisa Salamone
Rm. 128 jmcgunnigle@mufsd.com
lsalamone@mufsd.com
Margo Kobus Rm. 131 mkobus@mufsd.com

“The expert in anything was once a beginner.” - Helen Hayes

Welcome to the beginning. Welcome to Kindergarten!

How Young Children Learn

  • Children learn naturally.
  • Children know a lot about literacy before kindergarten.
  • All children can learn.
  • Children learn best when learning is kept whole, meaningful, interesting, and functional.
  • Children learn best when they make their own choices.
  • Children learn best as a community of learners in a noncompetitive environment.
  • Children learn best by talking and doing in a social context.

When children are “encouraged to choose activities that are whole, meaningful, and functional to their lives, children naturally engage in activities that meet their intellectual, social, emotional, and physical needs.

What we know about kindergartners: that they learn best when offered exploratory experiences and hand-on activities; that they learn through play; that they are developing a literacy set; that shared reading helps them learn how print works; and that invented spelling helps them as they focus on the grapho-phonemic cueing system. ”

Source: Joyful Learning by Bobbi Fisher