Welcome to Shannon's Butterfly Kindergarten!
This is Shannon’s first full year at NCSA and she is excited to be part of such a warm and innovative learning community! Shannon grew up in this beautiful area and after earning her BA and teaching credential from UC Santa Barbara she returned to Nevada City to begin her teaching career. Shannon later combined her love for working with children and a desire to see the world as she embarked on a sixteen-year career as an international educator. Shannon taught grades TK through 2nd at international schools in Italy, Malaysia, Austria, Indonesia and the Cayman Islands. While in Italy, Shannon attended trainings and visited the renowned schools of Reggio Emilia which indelibly inspired her philosophy of education. Shannon’s love of nature and passion for creative expression in education make Nevada City School of the Arts a perfect fit for her!
All About Kindergarten
The kindergarten school day begins at 8:30 am and ends at 2 pm. There are 20 students in each kindergarten class. We begin each day with a greeting time during which the children sing, share ideas, perform calendar activities and discuss events of the school day. Our language arts curriculum includes the appreciation of rich literature through daily read alouds, practice in letter/sound identification, rhyming, wordplay, and conventions of print. Language arts time is conducted in a workshop model which allows for children to practice skills at their varying levels. The kindergarten mathematics curriculum includes counting skills, measurement, patterning, addition and subtraction operations and geometric shapes. Kindergarten classes also have regular instruction in art, music and creative movement taught by our wonderful specialist teachers! Science and social studies themes will be woven throughout the school year.
In fall, we will learn about friendship and celebrate the similarities and differences between us. We will have a “Special Persons Day,” inviting someone who is meaningful to us to share pie and a small in-class performance. We will become engineers as we participate in a variety of STEM activities. We will also learn about plants and seeds enriched by a field trip to Food, Love Farm and the planting of tulip bulbs in our school garden.
In winter, we will learn about the traditions, celebrations, and lifestyles of other cultures. We will also learn about the water cycle and become weather watchers. Finally, we will learn about hibernating forest animals. Our winter field trip will be to the Mud Hut to make our own pottery!
In spring, we will study the habitat of forest animals as we explore the trails on our school site! We will learn about and witness the life cycles of frogs and butterflies. In honor of Earth Day in April, we will talk about ways we can help care for the Earth. We will see the tulips we planted in the fall come to life and take a field trip to see local flowers & butterflies! We will also learn about force & motion through fun experiments, such as building ramps and simple machines. Finally, we will take a trip to the library and Rood Center to see our art on display! At the end of the year, we will have a Kindergarten Musical Production & Portfolio Night to celebrate all of our hard work!"
Due to COVID 19 NCSA will not be taking field trips for the 2020-21 school year. Hopefully, these trips will resume next year.
No Field study payment is necessary this year.
Field Studies/Events for this class:
Food Love Project $ 5
Memory Book $ 5
Mud Hut $ 11
Folsom Zoo $ 7
Train $ 6