Lower School Kindergarten Courses
Online kindergarten at Laurel Springs involves a virtual learning environment that simulates a physical classroom setting. Activities may include storytelling, games, music, and art. Laurel Springs offers breaks and independent learning time, and parents may be required to provide some supervision and support to their child during the day.
This research-based course provides structured lessons on reading comprehension, critical reading and analysis, composition, vocabulary, grammar, usage, and mechanics. Lessons are designed to develop comprehension, hone critical reading skills, build vocabulary, and help students evaluate and apply the ideas they have learned from their reading. Students practice writing throughout the course using analysis and critical thinking skills.
This course introduces students to their place in the community and the responsibilities of being a member of society. Great figures of U.S. history such as Pocahontas, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln are a focus of learning in the first semester. Students will also learn about everyday heroes, the responsibilities of pet ownership, the importance of rules, table manners, and eating well. Students will practice the skill of retelling stories. They will also be taught to read maps and will learn about U.S. symbols, such as the American flag and the eagle. From there, students learn about holidays with a particular focus on Thanksgiving. They will be introduced to what money is, how money can be spent, the power of buying locally, and the difference between wants and needs.
During Kindergarten Math students will learn foundational math facts. They will learn a variety of topics, some of which are: counting, comparing sizes, basic measurements, sorting, geometric shapes, and money. Students will have many opportunities to practice these new concepts by interacting with online confirmation exercises and filling out worksheets offline.
In Kindergarten Science, students in this course will use their senses to explore their world. Students experience nature walks, gardening, and imitative games by exploring varying concepts.
Health & Wellness
Health & Wellness offers a balanced approach to health instruction that helps students develop a healthy foundation. Students learn important life skills, such as how to manage stress, resolve conflicts, set health goals, and make responsible decisions. The course also focuses on promoting health and preventing disease.