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Kindergarten

Welcome to Kindergarten. This is the beginning of an exciting adventure and the start of your child's formal education. Kindergarten is a year that is filled with tremendous social as well as academic growth. We are happy that you are a part of the Hamilton International Academy community. Our kindergarten teachers are very excited to be working with you and your children.


Hamilton International Academy's Kindergarten program continues to promote and support the children's love of school, while building on the social, emotional and academic skills introduced in Pre-Kindergarten. Students are encouraged to take risks in their learning through teacher-directed activities, balanced with free play to provide a variety of learning experiences. A thematic curriculum is organized around learning our centers where children can be in control of, and independently responsible for their learning while at the same time, being introduced to and practice the pre-reading and mathematics skills needed in Grade One. Children develop friendships with peers and teachers while discovering the responsibilities of membership within a school and classroom community.

Most kindergarteners want to learn all about the world and how it works. At Hamilton, we often build on this enthusiasm by offering projects that encourage children to delve deeper into the areas that interest them. Children may make life-size tracings of themselves as they learn about the human body, or study animal habitats by researching information about the class pet. Our kindergarten classrooms offer more formal learning and traditional school experiences than preschool. Although it is still intended to stimulate children's curiosity to learn more about the world around them. At Hamilton, our kindergarten teachers helps children become comfortable working in a classroom setting and to introduce some basic literacy and math-related skills in the midst of their important discoveries.

By the end of the year, you can expect your child to:

  • Follow class rules
  • Separate from a parent or caregiver with ease
  • Take turns
  • Cut along a line with scissors
  • Establish left- or right-hand dominance
  • Understand time concepts like yesterday, today, and tomorrow
  • Understand time concepts like yesterday, today, and tomorrow
  • Follow directions agreeably and easily
  • Pay attention for 15 to 20 minutes
  • Hold a crayon and pencil correctly
  • Share materials such as crayons and blocks
  • Know the eight basic colors: red, yellow, blue, green, orange, black, white, and pink
  • Recognize and write the letters of the alphabet in upper- and lowercase forms
  • Know the relationship between letters and the sounds they make
  • Recognize sight words such as the and read simple sentences
  • Spell his first and last name
  • Write consonant-vowel-consonant words such as bat and fan
  • Retell a story that has been read aloud
  • Show an opinion through drawing, writing, or speaking (e.g. My favorite book is...)
  • Identify and be able to write numbers from 0 to 20
  • Count by ones and tens to 100
  • Do addition problems with sums up to 10
  • Do subtraction problems with numbers 0 to 10
  • Know basic shapes such as square, triangle, rectangle, and circle
  • Know her address and phone number

Our Curriculum standards are what all grade-level students are expected to know and able to do by the end of a school year. If you would like a summary description of the Hamilton Method, you may contact the director.

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