Welcome to Kindergarten!
During this school year, your child will make the transition from preschool programs and/or your home routine. Beginning this year, Alpena Public Schools Kindergarteners attend all day every day school is in session. This new schedule eliminates confusion about “red” and “blue” days for families. More importantly, full-time Kindergarten offers more consistency for children. Classroom activities during this important first year prepare the way for reading and writing readiness.
At the Kindergarten level, Communication Arts skills and understandings are developed primarily through a variety of interactive language activities. Activities capitalize on the child's natural curiosity and playfulness. We provide an extensive exposure to the alphabet and promote phonemic awareness. Children are read to every day and are exposed to a wide range of materials. Students also have daily writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and thinking opportunities.
Kindergartners will master the recognition, counting, and printing of numbers 0 to 20. They will also become proficient in one-to-one correspondence. Children will also explore sorting and classifying, graphing, money, time, numeration and number sense, shapes and shape relations, addition and subtraction, and calendar skills.
During the year students will explore and experiment through units about seasons and weather, caring for the Earth, and life cycles of animals. Much of our K-2 Science curriculum is taught through literature, language, and mathematics experiences.
This year, students learn about family, school and themselves. Nearly all that we do at school can be classified as Social Studies. Class rules, getting along with others, learning about our needs and the needs of others, noticing our environment, and making good choices are all natural elements of the Social Studies curriculum. Much of our K-2 Social Studies curriculum is taught through literature, language, and mathematics experiences.
Art & Music
Students will attend a formal Music class twice a week. Art and Music are also integrated into our daily Kindergarten learning. You will be invited in to attend special school music programs when they occur.
Physical Education & Health
Kindergarten children participate in PE class three times each week, building on their knowledge of team sports and individual physical skills. In the classroom we learn how daily habits keep us healthy.
Assessment & Reporting
All APS students in grades K-3 are assessed in Reading, Writing, and Math using a combination of national, State, and locally developed tools. Parents are kept informed through regular progress reports and conferences.