The American International School of Bamako                

Kindergarten

Teacher: Miss India Thomas

ithomas@aisbmali.org

About the Class:

Our classroom will be safe and nurturing so students will feel comfortable learning, participating, and taking risks. New concepts will be introduced through an engaging whole class lesson. Following that, students will receive specific instruction and skill practice through various groupings from independent to small group. Sessions of academic instruction in math, literacy, science, and social studies will be interspersed with enrichment activities such as physical education, art and technology.

Children’s Social and Emotional Development

In kindergarten, students are continuing to build strong social-emotional skills. Social and emotional development includes expression and management of emotions; socially acceptable behaviors; classroom behaviors (e.g., paying attention, cooperating); self-confidence; and their ability to establish positive and rewarding relationships with others.

Learning in Language Arts

We will be developing our literacy skills and building a strong foundation for success and enjoyment of reading and writing.  Our units of study include:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening and Speaking
  • Conventions

Learning in Mathematics

 There will be many hands-on, engaging activities to help us build a strong foundation for future studies in Math.

Our units of study include:

  • Numbers and Operations
  • Patterns
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Data

Learning in Social Studies

Our program involves learning about the world around us, social relationships, and civic responsibilities.

Our units of study include:

  • Where Does Our Food Come From
  • Working Together: Rules and Respect
  • Knowing Our Neighborhood

Learning in Science

We will be exploring, investigating, discovering, and practicing our critical thinking skills.

Our units of study include:

  • Animals
  • Fit for Life
  • Sound

Assessment

Students in Kindergarten are assessed on an ongoing basis, through observation and performance tasks. In addition, we use several internationally-normed assessments such as the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA), which help us understand each student’s academic development, and meet students’ individual needs.