The kindergarten curriculum is designed to guide and support our youngest students as they learn about themselves as individuals and how they can be part of a larger community. Students begin their Norwood journeys with a diverse set of experiences and developmental levels, and teachers create child-centered lessons to model, encourage, and facilitate growth for each student in a joyful and nurturing environment. In reading and math, teachers use frequent informal assessments to check in on students’ development and mastery of fundamental skills like phonics and addition. Further, they facilitate opportunities for students to apply and extend those skills. For example, as writers, kindergartners may tell stories by drawing them or writing them down. They also take part in weekly Guided Discovery, an inquiry-based and hands-on learning experience that promotes ownership of new information through kinetic simulations. In science, students begin to question, observe, and explore the world around them through the study of bubbles, physical science, and the environment. In Spanish, students explore the world they know through the lens of new cultures, looking at different words for things in their world and different practices for familiar things. Importantly, throughout their kindergarten experiences, students learn the fundamental collaborative and social skills that will help them be successful in their Norwood classrooms and beyond. Kindergartners participate in two stage performances for their parents, one in the fall and one in the spring.