Kindergarten (5 – 7 Years)
The Lawton-Taylor Academy’s Kindergarten program is content-rich with literacy, math, science and more all incorporated within a fun, loving and safe environment. Our students are led by Colorado state qualified elementary education teachers who have a passion for children. Children are assessed on an individual basis and taught according to their learning styles and abilities. Every child is encouraged to learn and instilled with the importance of being a lifelong learner. They are valued for their uniqueness and stretched outside their comfort of learning. We believe in our children’s learning capabilities and hence, provide a stimulating atmosphere for them to experience knowledge and content outside the norm.
Our foundational curriculum is Core Knowledge. In addition to this research-based curriculum, we provide Saxon math with its sound, cognitive principles where manipulatives are essential along with guided instruction. All new concepts are developed through hands-on activities and rich mathematical conversations that actively engage students in the learning process. Concepts are developed, reviewed, and practiced over time. Students move from the concrete to the pictorial to the abstract through using Saxon math. All of this fosters learning mathematical concepts and being able to apply them to everyday situations.
Our classroom is filled with print awareness for a constant exposure to letters and numbers so children learn through hearing as well as seeing words. Language is vital and our teachers stress that children express themselves verbally and work on phonics and phonemics to get a better grasp on language. Reading is encouraged by the teacher through her hands-on reading time and students spend time on their own reading with assistance.
Our students are assessed monthly using several different methods and guided programs. Parents are given feedback daily and weekly along with two planned Parent/Teacher conferences each year, one in the fall and the other in the spring. Parents are encouraged to come and visit the classroom to observe their child’s learning in action.