Kindergarten "The Finishing Touch"

Many of our Pre-kindergarten students, because they have done so well in our Big Chief Program, stay on for Kindergarten.

The kindergarten teacher has been with us for a number of years, and has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education, and is certified. She has two assistant teachers, one teacher in the morning and one in the afternoon. The assistants overlap during the middle of the day. This gives us a great teacher to child ratio. The children continue to explore all the learning centers, but they have now become more sophisticated, and they are using computers.

There is much emphasis on reading, writing, math, science, language arts, and physical development. Most1 children in this class are reading by January, and their math, which was at the concrete stage, is now abstract. They have learned about money, time, and calendar math, etc. (If you call us we will be happy to send you the curriculum)

The reading program includes bringing books home to read to our parents and then sharing them with the class. DEAR Time has also been very successful this is when a certain time of the day is designated to "Drop Everything and Read." The children bring favorite books from home and spend quiet time reading to themselves. The children also learn to keep a journal of their own where they begin to sound out words and create their own ideas and thoughts. Writing experiences are further reinforced in a science book where the children record their science experiments while making predictions and testing out their findings.

Each child has his/her own Math Workbook to further reinforce math concepts. These concepts which begin at the concrete stage are now abstract due to hands-on learning with varied manipulative tools.

The school year culminates with a Graduation Program, where the children display their musical, dancing, and public speaking skills. They leave kindergarten knowing how to "think" and "problem solve". They are feeling confident about themselves. They are curious about the world around them and are very ready for the first grade. . .

Children may attend a full day. Extended hours are offered for working parents. We also offer a part-time kindergarten, morning and afternoon sessions. Children attending the public school can attend Big Chief at the other end of the day. We pick up and deliver at all the local public schools.

Board of Education Licensed
Over 50 years Experience
Qualified Staff

A safe, clean, and nurturing environment adds up to "Excellence" in the Big Chief School and Camp.

Please call us at 516-781- 3900 and we will help you find the program that would be appropriate for your child.