Smaller Classroom Size / More Flexibility for Our Kindergarten children

Castle Academy is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for a full day kindergarten program. While we mimic the lessons of the local school district curriculum, we are not governed by the local school district’s board of educators. Our teachers do have the flexibility to adapt their Kindergarten program to fit the strengths and weakness of each child.

Our Kindergarten Program is a FULL day program; starting at 9 AM and ending at 3 PM. Kindergarten children that require longer care will enjoy various enrichment activities, including academic sheets, library and computer time, art, puzzles and outside free time. We do offer an program we call Kindergarten Enrichment, it’s for those children that attend the public school and need further care either in the morning or afternoon hours. The children enrolled in Castle Academy’s Kindergarten Enrichment Program will continue to extend their academic learning and will have plenty of free play to end their school day.

One very important point we are proud of is the way our Kindergarten mirrors both the North Penn and Souderton School District’s Kindergarten Program as well as the Perkiomen Valley School District’s Kindergarten Program.

Our Kindergarten Program covers:

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  • Math – Every Day Math
  • Language Arts
    • Trophies Language Arts – North Penn’s School District’s Kindergarten Program
    • Foundation Languages Arts – Perkiomen Valley School District’s Kindergarten Program
  • Handwriting
  • Science
  • Social Studies

In the morning we cover Language Arts and Math. In the Afternoon we cover Science, Social Studies and Handwriting
There’s plenty of time and flexibility to breakout into small groups to review and go into greater depth for those Kindergarten children who need additional practice or more challenges.

Weather permitting our Kindergarten children go out and play on our large playground equipment twice a day. It a great time for them to relax and have fun and burn off that extra energy children endure.

Embryology Program

The children are introduced to the life cycle of chicks and witness the stages of an egg hatch and the beauty of the chicks develop into cute little yellow chickadees.

Kindergarten Development Goals

Social/Emotional Goals
  • Functions with increasing independence in school
  • Knows difference between adults who can help (family members,friends,staff) and those who may not (staff)
  • Is increasingly able to manage own feelings
  • Takes action to avoid possible disputes over rights
  • Carves out and completes own task without adult assistance
  • Understands the importance of self-help skills and their role in healthy living
  • Begins to take responsibility for care of the classroom environment
  • Follows and understands the purpose of classroom procedures
  • Follows and understands reasons for classroom rules
  • Maintains ongoing friendship with at least one other child
  • Recognizes what another person might want or need
  • Shares and defends the rights of others to a turn
  • Engages in a process of negotiation to reach a compromise

Language Development

  • Hears and repeats separate sounds in words, plays with sounds to create new words
  • Uses more complex sentences to express ideas and feelings
  • Follows directions with more than two steps
  • Answers questions with details
  • Asks increasingly complex questions to further own understanding
  • Initiates and/or extends conversations for at least four exchanges
  • Chooses to read on own, seeks information in books sees self as reader
  • Knows each spoken work can be written down and read
  • Beginning to make letter-sound connections
  • Uses different strategies to make meaning of print
  • Retells a story including many details and draws connections between stories and events
  • Writes to convey meaning
  • Uses letters that represent sounds in writing words
Cognitive Development

  • Observes attentively and seeks relevant information
  • Finds alternate solutions to problems
  • Works on task over time, leaving and returning to complete it
  • Explains plans for testing cause and effect, and tries out ideas
  • Generates a rule, strategy, or idea from one learning experience and applies it in a new concept
  • Sorts objects into groups/subgroups and can state reason
  • Understands/uses measurement words and some standard measurement tools
  • Through trial and error, arranges objects along a continuum according to two or more physical features
  • Creates complex patterns of own design or by copying
  • Associates events with time-related concepts
  • Shows understanding that positional relationships very with one’s perspective
  • Uses one-to-one correspondence as a way to compare 2 sets
  • Counts to 10 or so connecting number words and symbols to objects counted and knows the last number describes the total
  • Engages in elaborate and sustained play
  • Uses make believe props in planned and sustained play
  • Plans then creates increasingly elaborate representations

Physical Development

  • Moves with direction and coordination
  • Walks forward easily, and backward with effort, along a wide beam
  • Climbs and plays easily on ramps, stairs, ladders, or sliding boards
  • Rides with speed and control
  • Throws and kicks at target and catches with increasing accuracy
  • Manipulates a variety of objects requiring increased coordination
  • Manipulates materials in a purposeful way, planning and attending to detail
  • Copies and draws simple shapes, letters, and words including name

Selecting the best early childhood learning center for your child is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. We invite you to explore the Castle Academy Early Childhood Experience… Today!

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