We use the Spaulding program to teach the sounds and letters. Each child moves through the process at his own pace. For example, one child might be working on "m" and "c," while another child is working on "mop" and "cop." We expose the children to the sounds and letters as much as possible, so when their minds are ready, the opportunities are right here.
We also emphasize sight words - the words children memorize because they see them so often, such as Mom, love, and the. The children enjoy pointing out their sight words whenever they see them: in a book, on a sign, even in a recipe. As the children grow, each child keeps track of his sight words. Eventually, the children recognize so many words they stop keeping track of them.
To practice reading sentences and paragraphs, we use the Reading ABC program. Our Kindergarten children also read selections from the Harcourt Trophy program. We work on decoding (breaking words down), fluency (speed and comfort) and comprehension (understanding). We also study genres, themes, and story development.
We also love writing. Children love to depict stories with squiggles, then pictures, then letters, then words, then entire sentences. We encourage creative writing through fun, interesting activities.
Our Kindergarten children also learn grammar (capital letters, periods, etc) with a little work each day, or with the Daily 5. The language skills children learn at this age stay with them for a lifetime.
Handwriting is fun!
In the beginning, children create straight and curvy lines. Then they write their names and their sight words. Later, they write new words such as "dg." (That means dog.) By the end of Kindergarten, they are writing entire paragraphs. Providing opportunities to write is important. For example, after the exotic animals visited, the younger kids made a poster with the names of their favorite animals, and the older kids wrote comparison/contrast paragraphs.
At Alpine Academy, we prepare the children for success.
Reading People often ask at what age our students start reading. At the end of preschool, most children can recognize 10 to 30 sight words. They can also sound out simple words. How well children do this depends a bit on the quality of the teacher, a bit on how much individual and small-group time the child gets with his teacher, a bit on how often he practices with his family, and a lot on when he is ready. At Alpine, we give children the chance to sprout any day.
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Listen as little Chloe spells her name!
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Alpine Academy 3100 W. Gunn Rd., Oakland Charter Township, MI 48363 248-814-1111