Critical Minds, Compassionate Hearts

Kindergarten

Kindergarten at Rashi is a magical year.  Our small classes provide a nurturing, joyful environment that fosters the emotional, social, and academic growth of each child.

Highlights of Kindergarten

In Kindergarten, students develop foundational skills – the building blocks – of learning as they learn to read, write, compute, and understand the world around them through observation, exploration and inquiry. Thematic units provide many opportunities for integrating science, social studies, language arts, math and Jewish studies and to build on the natural curiosity and knowledge that 5-year olds possess.

The Kindergarten program emphasizes socialization and engagement with the larger community. A great deal of attention is placed on building a cohesive kehillah (community) as children coming from all different types of preschools – play-based and academically-focused, part-day and full-day -- learn from each other.

Rashi’s Kindergarten program is a full day from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM, with a rest period after lunch and recess. There are two Kindergarten classes of 16-18 students, each with 2 teachers.

Transitioning into the Community

Each spring, entering Kindergarteners and their families join together at a playground social to encourage friendships and playdates over the summer. New families are paired with a current Rashi buddy family to help them get oriented during the first year.

The start of the year brings a welcoming coffee for parents of new students, Back-to-School Night and a parent/teacher ‘listening’ conference six weeks into Kindergarten. Later in the year come two more parent/teacher conferences, two family education programs, three parent forums with Lower School Head Heidi Chapple, and several Kindergarten parent or family socials each year. The year finishes up with an end-of-year classroom celebration for parents and students for a culmination of the year’s work.

Kindergarten Robotics

Kindergarten robotics is all about exploration. Students are exposed to the engineering process: exploring materials, making a plan, becoming familiar with the computer program, and synthesizing these steps.  Students are taken outside to explore the playground and see how it was built. Then they are introduced to using the WeDo program on laptop computers.  The third step in the process allows students to experiment with the Lego robotics materials.  The fourth and final step brings the computer programming and the robot together as a final product.  Teacher support is given wherever it is needed, and Wellesley College students come to work with the Kindergarten students.