The Marin Preparatory School’s kindergarten program provides an active and interactive model to stimulate a child’s natural excitement for learning. Through direct experiences, hands-on learning, and an environment in which they feel safe to make mistakes, students ask questions, share feelings, gain confidence, and become comfortable speaking with adults and peers.
Our Kindergarten Curriculum Spotlights
- Reader’s Workshop for individualized reading instruction.
- Phonics-based curriculum combined with whole-language reading program.
- Author studies
- “Handwriting without Tears” curriculum
- Personal narrative writing using Lucy Calkin’s Writer’s Workshop
- Instruction in the craft of revision & editing
- Calendar concepts
- Number arrangements and patterns
- Number stories
- Three-dimensional shapes
- Beginning measurements
- The five senses
- Seasons, weather, and water cycle
- Animal and plants
- Solid, liquid, gas
- All about Me
- School community, family, and friends
- World holidays
- Mexico culture study
Kindergarten offers children a gentle introduction to the Spanish language and a foundation for a smooth language acquisition experience. At this level, students develop fundamental skills including listening comprehension, decoding, oral expression, and basic vocabulary development.
Such skills are fostered through a language- and culture-rich environment that includes singing, playing games, story-telling, poetry, art, and other multi-sensory experiences, and an environment that addresses young learners’ educational development as well as their emotional needs.
Awareness and appreciation of Spanish language and culture is developed through exposure to enriching lessons in meaningful contexts. By the end of Kindergarten, students will have acquired basic, age-appropriate knowledge of Spanish and reached equally appropriate developmental milestones in their English language skills. Students will be able to:
- Make greetings and introductions.
- Address specific elements of school, classrooms and numbers (0-31).
- Follow and repeat basic, predictable directions.
- Use Spanish in highly predictable and familiar contexts.
- Engage in basic day-to-day conversations related to feelings, calendar, weather, family, likes and dislikes, basic geography, nationalities, common celebrations, holidays, animals, colors, the human body, common ailments, nutrition, hobbies, and clothing.
- Use the alphabet and phonology to create and understand words and phrases and to complete sentences in meaningful contexts.
MPS kindergartners create using specific elements of art, such as line and color. They also view and analyze subject matter and content; use the visual arts vocabulary; and as the year progresses, learn to understand art’s historic importance and diversity in the world, most notably in Mexico.
Music & Performing Arts
MPS kindergartners learn about music genres and express themselves as budding musicians through singing, playing rhythm instruments, moving, and playing games. They also engage in dramatic play and perform at a variety of school festivals and events.
To support the strong link between physical education and learning, MPS kindergartners are encouraged to explore movement and develop gross motor skills. By offering a series of well-considered and developmentally appropriate activities, MPS helps children gain confidence in their athletic abilities, and promotes a “can-do” attitude that supports fun and learning for all.