Kindergarten at Monica Ros
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. Alice Fiore and Ms. Maria Macaluso lead the school’s kindergarten class through focused, engaging lessons. Mrs. Fiore has been teaching Kindergarten here at Monica Ros School for more than 25 years; some of the year’s core lessons were developed by Mrs. Fiore over the years. Ms. Macaluso is an Ojai native who recently completed her Masters degree and joined the Monica Ros staff in 2015.
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 pilgrims, penguins, and the rain forest. It is a treat as a parent to hear all about the exciting lessons your kindergartner is enjoying in class! Kindergartners also hatch and raise their own baby chicks 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.
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.
Language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, art activities, and Spanish classes, are integrated with kindergarten’s overall themes. Kindergartners also enjoy special music, Spanish, library, and physical education classes each week, and they put on numerous class plays in addition 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.