We encourage communication and vocabulary development by creating a literacy-rich environment that introduces children to a wide range of stories, letters and words. Students develop phonological awareness, identify uppercase and lowercase letters, and begin to write basic stories.
Children engage in activities and experiences that encourage communication, collaboration, self-confidence, problem solving and creative thinking. They create sounds, explore textures, and recognize changes in tone, tempo, volume and rhythm.
Hands-on experiences with basic math concepts help children learn the foundation of addition and subtraction, and different ways to compare quantities. Children draw basic shapes, recognize and create patterns, classify and sort items, measure using length and width, and learn the value of coins.
Children develop mobility, balance, and gross and fine motor skills through dance, games and physical activities. Basic nutritional concepts are introduced to help them make healthy choices.
Students use the scientific method to make predications and ask questions. They use scientific vocabulary to describe, record and graph information.
Children learn self-expression, engage in creative thinking, differentiate between fantasy and reality in literature and in life, and express their emotions.
Students develop social and emotional skills, such as expressing their feelings, choosing and following through on an activity, self-regulation and problem solving without adult interaction.
Children learn different uses for technology and how they have changed over time. We also review terminology and provide opportunities for students to use technology to express themselves creatively.
Our Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program is integrated and interdisciplinary. Students participate in engaging activities while simultaneously developing important cognitive and social skills. We teach reading through basic phonics, engage in hands-on math activities, practice spelling, and learn simple grammar rules. Social studies, music, art, dramatic play and physical education also play an important part in the TK curriculum. Students utilize materials from our various programs, such as First in Math, Stemscopes, Words Their Way and more. To be eligible for TK at The Rhoades School, students must turn 5 years old by December 31.