In the Kindergarten curriculum, skills will be addressed at a time that is developmentally appropriate for the student. Instruction will include cooperative learning, paired activities, and play to promote social growth and communication skills. Children will have additional success when they enter Kindergarten if they can independently do the following skills:
- Count to 10 or higher
- Follow 2-step directions
- Identify numbers 1-10 in print
- Identify basic colors (red, orange, yellow, blue, green, purple, black and white)
- Identify a triangle, square, circle and rectangle
- Print first name
- Recite the letters of the alphabet (the ABC song)
- Demonstrate basic social skills (share and take turns)
- Understand how to share and take turns
- Respect others and their property
- Speak in complete sentences of 5-6 words
- Use crayons correctly
- Cut with scissors correctly
- Tie shoes
- Zip and/or button a coat
- Say first name, last name,
- address and phone number
- Manage bathroom needs
Our kindergarten science curriculum includes units of study that are driven by an anchoring phenomenon in our world. In kindergarten, the three units are, pushes and pulls, weather, and plants and animals. Each unit includes:
- Explaining Phenomena. Phenomenon-based unit storylines provide real-world problems for students to connect their learning with their own experiences. Hands-on investigations enable students to explore, explain, and make sense of phenomena.
- Designing Solutions. Engineering Challenges and investigations engage students to design solutions directly relating to Disciplinary Core Ideas.
- Three Dimensional Learning. Each and every lesson focuses on at least one Science and Engineering Practice, one Disciplinary Core Idea, and one Crosscutting Concept. Each dimension is selected to support learning as it relates to the Performance Expectation.
Our kindergarten social science curriculum is driven by Illinois Learning Standards. Throughout their kindergarten school year, our students learn disciplinary core concepts by building understandings through essential questions. The disciplinary core concepts and essential questions include:
- Civic and Political Institutions - Who are community helpers and what do they do?
- Processes, Rules, and Laws -Why do we have rules at home, school, the playground, and within the community?
- Economic Decision Making - Why can’t we have everything we want?
- Human-Environment interaction - How does weather affect us? Does where you live affect how you live?
- Human Population - How do people get the things they need?
- Change, Continuity, and Context - How is my life the same as when my parents or grandparents were young?
- Perspectives - Why do we have holidays? What are our holidays? Who are we celebrating? Why do we celebrate them?
Students will have the opportunity to explore various art forms, including drawing and painting.
Students will move freely to music and use patterns in singing and movement.
Prior to the start of school, your child will have the opportunity to participate in kindergarten screening. This screening consists of literacy and math assessments which are intended to help building administrators plan for meeting students’ needs. Kindergarten students are also assessed in the fall, winter, and spring. In the area of early literacy, the vast majority of children are found to be developmentally ready for kindergarten. Throughout the school year, some parents may be asked to allow for a more in-depth assessment of their child’s readiness skills. If any cause for concern is detected in any assessment, you will be fully informed and involved in planning whatever additional services or programs your child may need.
Your Child's Health
Physical, Dental and Eye Exam Forms are Due by June 1st, 2020.
State law requires that all students have medical (physical), dental exam and eye exams (performed by an optometrist or physician who provides complete eye exams) before entering kindergarten. We will give you the necessary medical, dental and eye exam forms at kindergarten registration. Completed forms are due by June 1st, 2020. Children who are without completed health records must, by law, be excluded from school. Completed health records should be returned to your child's school to the attention of the nurse.
The A-B-Cs of Immunizations
All children must have certain immunizations before entering kindergarten. In the interest of everyone’s health, state law requires that school children be immunized against chicken pox, poliomyelitis, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, measles, rubella, and mumps.
While lead screening was mandatory at one time, students who reside within Orland District 135 boundaries are not required to show proof prior to entering kindergarten. Please consult your child's health provider about the need for lead screening and TB testing.
The only children exempt from these requirements are those for whom immunizations are medically contraindicated, as stated in writing by a doctor, and children whose parents claim a legitimate religious exemption. Your child’s immunization record is to be entered on the medical exam forms you are given at registration. We ask that you turn these forms in by June 1st, 2018. Immunization is required by law, so non-immunized children must and will be excluded from school.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which school will my child attend?
Confirmation of school assignment is mailed to parents in August. Class sizes and transportation concerns are determining factors when assigning children to schools. Schools with kindergarten programs are Centennial, Center, Park, and Prairie. Boundary maps are available on our website and provide a general idea of which of the four schools your child will likely attend.
Is full day kindergarten more beneficial for the child?
Full day students will have the opportunity for deeper learning and hands-on development that goes beyond the curriculum. It is highly encouraged for families to take advantage of the full day program to ensure their child has as many learning opportunities available to them as possible.
How should my child dress for school?
Selecting school clothes can be a fun task. We suggest that school clothes be easy for children to put on without help. Above all, school clothes should be comfortable and allow your child to move around freely. In winter, please dress your child for outdoor activities.
Look for inner and outer clothes with fastenings and ties that little fingers can manage. It’s a good idea to practice zipping and tying at home. Look for shoes that are easy to put on and take off. Please label hats, coats, boots, and mittens with your child’s full name.
How will the school contact me if I'm needed during the school day?
Each year, we ask parents to complete a Student Information Sheet. This form will be kept on file. It gives us important information about your child, and you will use this form to tell us where we can reach you during the school day should your child become ill or injured. It is essential that the information on this form be kept current. If you change your job, or work or home phone number or address anytime during the school year, please let us know by calling your child’s school.
Does District 135 offer before or after school care for my child?
Once your child begins first grade, before and after school daycare is available in partnership with Champions for children in the District. You can read more about this program at www.discoverchampions.com/programs or call (630-568-1208). The Champions program is hosted inside select District 135 school buildings.
Additionally, Parents are encouraged to contact any one of the many daycare providers in the Orland area.
How do pick-ups and drop-offs work?
Each school has specific instructions for parents who are dropping their child off and picking them up from school. This information is discussed at Open House, which is typically held the first week of school in August. Students are released from school only to parents or legal guardians. Parents or legal guardians will be required to show a personal ID and sign students out in the school log. In the event of an emergency or inclement weather, students will be held in a safe place until an authorized adult comes to take the student home. Crossing guards are on hand at the schools in the morning and afternoon to ensure the safety of students who walk to school. We appreciate your help in reminding your child about the importance of walking to and from school safely.
*Please note, kindergarten students will not be dropped at a bus stop without a parent or guardian present.