Welcome to Kindergarten at SAISD!
Take a peek at our Kinder Corner! We want to showcase the unique ways that our little ones learn, play and collaborate at different campuses throughout our district. To keep up with the fun and learn more about our kindergarten activities, stay tuned for future posts here and on our Facebook page.
What does Dual Language look like in kindergarten? 80% of the instruction is in Spanish and 20% is in English. Native English-speaking students and native-Spanish speaking students learn in, and about, two languages through socialization and though an engaging, meaningful, and challenging curriculum. During their school day, students receive 120 minutes of Spanish language arts and 40 minutes of English language development instruction. Math and science instruction is delivered in Spanish and social studies is delivered in English.
The kindergarten kids at Beacon Hill Elementary learn as they play! During their Power Hour, each class engages in a hands-on, problem solving activity that’s both fun and educational. The activities shown include the kids using toy trains to learn about magnets and movement, using balloons to learn about force, motion, and energy, and playing “Build a Character” to practice letter recognition, handwriting, and the process of elimination.
Every “Engineering Friday” at Pershing Elementary, students from each grade level work on an a STEM-based, hands-on project. Today, the kindergarteners built models of a wall with various types of mortars. They conducted investigations to assess the strength and efficiency of each mortar and came up with solutions to prevent the wall from breaking down.
The Nepohualtzintzin Ethnomathematics Club at Maverick Elementary School has 70+ members and is open to all grades, including kindergarten! During one of their meetings, students used an abacus-like instrument called a nepohualtzintzin (meaning “I count to transcend”) to practice counting and calculating. They also played a traditional Mesoamerican game, very similar to hopscotch. This club is possible through a partnership with UTSA and is available at a few other SAISD campuses, including Crockett Elementary and Douglass Elementary.
During Workout Wednesday at Lamar Elementary, students work out their bodies and their minds! Every other Wednesday, the Lamar kindergarteners participate in two of the following enrichment activities: a visit to the Witte Museum, Creativity Corner at their campus, extended P.E. time, or a visit to the Inspire Community Fine Art Center.
As part of their social studies lesson on community helpers, the kinder kids from Smith Elementary visited the San Antonio Fire Department's station #9 where they took a full tour of the fire station and got a closer look at the fire truck and a firefighter’s uniform.
Take a look at the colorful masks that the Bonham Academy kindergartners created for Dia de Los Muertos! They, along with the rest of the grade levels, created altars and held a Dia de Los Muertos Parade. Bonham Academy is one of our dual language, in-district charter schools - now taking applications.
During the Picnic Under the Stars event at Hillcrest Elementary, kindergarteners created their own unique sun spots or moon craters with only paper, paint, and a straw! Students and families were also able to look at the moon, stars, and planets through various telescopes provided by volunteers from the San Antonio Astronomical Association.
Fall is in full swing at Woodlawn Hills Elementary and M. L. King Academy! This week, kindergarteners at each campus used pumpkins of all sizes for their sensory investigations during their math and science lessons.
Save time and download your registration packet HERE. (Puede imprimir los documentos necesarios AQUI) Print, fill out, and submit the packet along with your required documentation at your neighborhood elementary school.
*Individual schools may request additional items. Items are to be taken to class on the first day of school.