El Rodeo School

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I received my B.A. degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and my teaching credential from the University of California, Los Angeles. I began my teaching career teaching in the inner-city for seven years, and have been teaching at El Rodeo for over twenty years.
In our kindergarten class we are learning to work together as a community, learning about each other, and what makes us unique.

El Rodeo Kindergarten Curriculum:
Instruction is based on the California State Standards.

Reading/Language Arts: A balanced literacy program is at the core of the Reading/Language Arts curriculum for kindergarten. The program is designed to be one of balanced learning through listening, speaking, reading and writing, along with the supporting skills of grammar, mechanics, usage, spelling and handwriting. These supporting skills are taught to assist students in learning about the power of language and how to develop their own power through the use of language.

Math: Our math program incorporates the five strands of mathematics instruction. These include number sense, algebra and functions, measurements and geometry, statistics, data analysis and probability, and problem solving and reasoning.

Science: Instruction provides students opportunities to learn core concepts, principals, and theories of physical, life and earth science using the scientific method of investigation and experimentation.

History/Social Science: The kindergarten program introduces students to basic spatial, temporal, and causal relationships emphasizing the geographic and historical connections between the world today and the world long ago. The stories of ordinary and extraordinary people help describe the range and continuity of human experience and introduce the concepts of courage, self-control, justice, heroism, leadership, deliberation, and individual responsibility. Historical empathy for how people lived and worked long ago reinforces the concept of civic behavior; how we interact respectfully with each other, following rules and respecting the rights of others.

Visual and Performing Arts: Students are provided with a multitude of experiences in visual arts, music, dance and dramatics. For each arts discipline, content standards are defined under five strands: artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, aesthetic valuing and connections, relations and applications. Students will be developing an understanding of the visual and performing arts as a means to express their personal world, ideas and emotions.