Kindergarten at Monica Ros

 

Team Teaching

In Kindergarten, Monica Ros School uses a team-teaching approach providing small group settings which allow for personal attention to individual needs. Teaching partners Mrs. Rebecca Wallace and Mr. Stuart Silverman lead the school’s kindergarten class through focused, engaging lessons. Both teachers have a wealth of experience, are highly educated, and bring a LOVE of teaching that creates the “Monica Ros Magic” in our Kindergarten. 

Thematic Units and Curriculum

Our kindergarten program builds a strong foundation in language arts and mathematics through meaningful and exciting activities based on rotating thematic units. Kindergarten begins under the sea, studying oceans and all of the creatures that live therein. Kindergarten students also study penguins, the rain forest, and embryology through raising their own baby chicks and creating a scientific journal documenting the development of the egg into a chick ready to hatch. They also explore the meaning of 100, the mysteries of the butterfly, and perform in the Kindergarten Opera. All of these special themes are used for the integration of the core areas of language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and the fine arts. 

Kindergarten is when our students begin their formal language arts and mathematics programs: Superkids Reading Program and Everyday Mathematics. Our team teachers break the class into two groups for these subjects, and the smaller focus groups are able to attend to their lessons with high levels of personal attention and instruction. 

Kindergartners also enjoy special Music, Performing Arts, Spanish, Library, and Physical Education (P.E.) classes each week, and they have numerous class performances in addition to the culminating opera performance at the end of the year. They also love getting to know the older students through our Buddy Reading friendships and participating in cross-grade Arts Month and Theme Week activities.

Mrs. Wallace
and Mr. Silverman! 

  • Mrs. Wallace: Mrs. Wallace has taught at Monica Ros for her entire teaching career! She joined us after a career in City Planning and with various non-profits. She obtained her Early Childhood Education units and teaching credential from UCLA, her Bachelor of Arts is from Trinity University. Her three children have attended, and loved!, Monica Ros.
  • Mr. Silverman: Mr. Silverman has been teaching kindergarten and transitional kindergarten since 1997. He has a Master Teachers Permit, a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education, and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Services. Over the last 20 years, Mr. Silverman has taught at Pasadena Polytechnic, Kehillat Israel Early Childhood Center, Sony Pictures Child Development Center, Stratford School, and Woodland Hills Private School.