Bridge Class

Age 5

This class gives children the gift of time. It is play-based with children attending morning Pre-K and then spending the afternoon in our Kindergarten Classroom. Morning curriculum includes language arts, math, social studies, science, and art. In the afternoon children participate in cooking, science and social studies, story times, art, and music.

Bridge students take part in at least three projects per year with the Kindergarteners.

Morning pupil/teacher ratio is 9:1. Afternoon ratio is 11:1.

Kindergarten Class

Ages 5-6

In the mornings, children receive instruction in math and language arts in large and small groups. They and practice the skills they need individually and in small groups. They have morning and lunchtime recess.

In the afternoons they continue with group lessons in science and social studies. In the afternoons, they also have art, music, and cooking experiences.

Morning pupil/teacher ratio is 9:1. Afternoon ratio is 11:1.

February News in Bridge & Kindergarten

By Bridget H | Feb 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

February will be a busy month in the cottage! We will kick off the month learning about and celebrating Ground Hog’s Day! Other special events that will follow are our 100 Day Celebration and of course, Valentine’s Day. Our Valentine’s special snack day will be on Tuesday, Feb. 14th and our 100 Day will be…

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Valentine’s Day Emphasis at Shady Oak

By Bridget H | Feb 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Valentine emphasis includes new vocabulary and concepts taught this month.  We will also focus on emotions and feelings that are appropriate for school. Valentine’s Day brings up new words to read and write, even in Pre-K. There’s a surge of interest in the words and ideas of “love”, “boyfriend,” and “girlfriend.” We will add the word, LOVE,…

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Valentine Celebrations Planned

By Bridget H | Feb 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Have you signed up to provide a Valentine Special Snack? We will have a “special snack” on Monday, February 13 and Tuesday, February 14. Sign-up sheets will be posted for Special Snack items in the Readiness, Pre-K and Bridge classrooms.   Kindergarten will celebrate on the 14th only. In addition, each child should bring enough Valentine…

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School wide Parent / Teacher Conferences Planned for January

By Bridget H | Jan 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s time to conference! Your child’s teacher is making preparations now to meet with you and to review progress made.  They will also design a plan to continue that progress into this semester. On January 25 and 26, parents of Readiness and Pre-K, will be asked to set aside a time to meet with your…

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Kindergarten and Bridge News for January

By Bridget H | Jan 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

 Kindergarten and Bridge students kick off the new year with an exciting study of light! Welcome back! We hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas holiday! We would like to thank all of you for your help in making our Christmas event such a great success. The kids did an awesome job singing our beloved…

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November News in Bridge & Kindergarten

By Bridget H | Nov 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Community Construction continues into November. Hooray for November! Cool, crisp air, pumpkins and leaves changing color. (Hopefully!) Bridge and Kindergarten have begun constructing their community. We went on walking trips to observe details on the homes in our community. We noticed that the roofs were not always smooth and flat and that some buildings were…

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School Wide Thanksgiving Feasts Planned for November

By Bridget H | Nov 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Sign-up to Help with our Thanksgiving Feast! Did you know that Shady Oak Students prepare a lot of the food that they will be enjoying on our feast days themselves?  Well, they do. We will be emphasizing  Thanksgiving Family Traditions and having discussions about good food in our classrooms during the month of November.  We will be…

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Bridge & Kindergarten News in October

By Bridget H | Oct 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Focus on Building a Community We’re off to a wonderful start in Kindergarten and Bridge!! The children have settled into our daily routine and seem to love the new look and feel of our classroom! In the past few weeks, we discussed similarities and differences in our families and home.We also learned how our friends…

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New This Year for Halloween!

By Bridget H | Oct 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

This year we are inviting our children and staff to dress as storybook characters for our Shady Oak Celebrations. MWF and 5 day preschoolers and Kindergarten/Bridge will be dressing up and celebrating on Monday, Oct. 31. Our celebration on Monday will include joining Shady Oak Primary School in a costume parade to Richmond Healthcare Center…

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Week 4 in Bridge and Kindergarten — Focus on Math

By Bridget H | Oct 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

This week, we are exploring mathematics in our classroom. Mrs. Strode explains that over the years, she has developed a method that works for Shady Oak kiddos, combining Everyday Math, including calendar and centers, with “Singapore math”. As a kinder parent myself, I wondered what that was. Using an excerpt from “Math with Meaning: Building…

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