Pre-K & Kindergarten

Los Bananinos (Pre-K)

Los Tigres (Kindergarten)

Language Arts

The “Los Tigres” program (children age 5 by September) emphasizes phonological and phonemic awareness to teach the alphabet and letter sounds. In addition, students learn skills such as rhyming, tracking, sequencing, and how to determine opposites. Small groups allow teachers to focus more on the individual child providing flexible and appropriate pacing based on developmental needs. We use the Jolly Phonics program as guidance for our phonics curriculum, focusing on a sound per week. By the end of their fifth year we expect the following outcomes:

Learning Outcomes:

  • Listens for information
  • Identifies letter/sound correspondence
  • Produces writing for a variety of purposes
  • Connects ideas to prior knowledge and experience
  • Recognizes and remembers the vowels as a subset of letters as distinguished from consonants
  • Manipulate sounds in words to create new or words or “nonsense” words
  • Examine some consonant blends
  • Have a beginning understanding of “magic e” rule


The 42 main sounds of English are introduced first. Children learn each letter by its sound, not its name (for instance ‘a’ is learnt as it is heard in ‘ant’, not ‘ai’ as in ‘aim’). The sounds are not introduced alphabetically, but are in seven carefully selected groups. The first group (s, a, t, i, p, n) can be combined to create the largest number of simple three-letter words. Letters that are easily confused, like “b” and “d”, are presented in separate groups.  The seven groups of letter sounds are:

  • s, a, t, i, p, n
  • c k, e, h, r, m, d
  • g, o, u, l, f, b
  • ai, j, oa, ie, ee, or
  • z, w, ng, v, oo, oo
  • y, x, ch, sh, th, th
  • qu, ou, oi, ue, er, ar

Some sounds are written with two letters such as ‘ee’, and ‘or’ – these are known as digraphs. In the case of ‘oo’ and ‘th’, these can make two different sounds, for example, ‘book’ vs. ‘moon’ or ‘that’ vs. ‘thin’. In Jolly Phonics these digraphs are represented in two forms to distinguish between the two sounds.

Each letter sound has a corresponding action. By performing an action for each sound, students are using kinesthetic, auditory, visual and speech methods to help them remember the letter(s) representing each sound. It is suggested that one group of seven letter sounds is introduced a week.

Learning Outcomes

  • Decipher and decode text and uses appropriate reading strategies
  • Ask relevant questions and demonstrate comprehension related to a text
  • Identify sight words/words from individual DOLCH list
  • Match spoken word with written word
  • Identify words in common category: numbers, colors, days of week, months of year


Children learn upper and lowercase letters, left to right correspondence, proper spacing, and pencil grip. Age-appropriate fine motor skills are developed through multi-sensory activities and experiences. This prepares children for proper word formation.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Use lowercase and uppercase letters in D’Nealian writing
  • Use invented spelling and records ideas, simple stories, and labels
  • Write a fiction and nonfiction story
  • Use beginning punctuation skills
  • Produce appropriate pencil grip with reminders


Math concepts are introduced through a variety of experiences and games, using manipulatives and other hands-on activities to help strengthen each child’s conceptual knowledge of numbers. Topics such as patterning, adding, subtracting, basic fractions, estimation, time, money, and measurement are taught through practical scenarios and problems. Small groups are developmentally based to best meet their needs.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Do simple addition and subtraction
  • Have a strong knowledge of number to 100
  • Identify numbers to 100
  • Write most numbers to 100
  • Skip count
  • Compare quantities
  • Use math vocabulary
  • Tell time to the hour and half an hour
  • Identify the 4 main coins and know value
  • Use standard and nonstandard units of measurement
  • Identify 2-D and 3-D shapes

Social Studies

Teachers provide thematically-based activities to engage students. These units encourage students to think globally and allow them to synthesize their personal knowledge with literature-based, hands-on activities. Children explore topics related to their world and surroundings.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the meaning of treating others fairly and being capable of practicing this behavior in their everyday life
  • Understand the importance of sharing, manners and respecting rules
  • Understand how and why it is our responsibility to care of the earth
  • Understand our responsibility to the community and finding ways that we can help make the community better
  • Understand the necessary steps to take (process) in order to help others (beach clean ups, collecting plastic bags, recycling and other service projects)
  • Understand community as a whole


Students begin basic science instruction through an exploration of the five senses, weather, animals, and plants. Science instruction is intended to give children hands- on experiences with everyday materials, familiarizing them with the world around them. Field trips, nature walks, and baking activities allow a child’s natural curiosity to develop. Children learn about the water cycle, cells, elements, habitats, systems, magnets, matter, forces and energy, rocks, climate, and pushes and pulls. Our science program encourages children to ask and answer questions, build factual knowledge, and theorize for further examination.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognizes what things need to live
  • Engages in observations, exploration, and experimentation
  • Understands and uses senses to collect information
  • Engages in observations, exploration, and experimentation
  • Demonstrates observation skills
 Social and Emotional Development
A major emphasis in Los Tigres is to develop children’s social, emotional, and interpersonal skills. Teachers provide a safe and nurturing environment that includes the use of positive praise to foster self-confidence and self-esteem. Responsibility, ownership of actions, efficient use of time, pride in finished work, and cooperation with others are skills cultivated in our school. We practice guided yoga and meditation a few times a week to help accomplish this mission.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Follow oral directions and multi-step directions
  • Work cooperatively with others to problem solve
  • Work carefully and neatly
  • Work independently, productively, and appropriately
  • Display an understanding of the SJDSDS values
  • Able to organize personal belongings
  • Able to use time wisely