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Developmental kindergarten

Kindergarten students must meet the cutoff age of their home district.  The Tower Hill School Kindergarten program meets all the qualifications as a licensed New Jersey Kindergarten.  The program is geared toward those students who would benefit from another year of maturing physically, cognitively, emotionally and socially in a smaller, more contained and nurturing environment.  Students who attend Tower Hill School for Kindergarten go on to attend public school Kindergarten and 1st grade the following year.

Kindergarten curriculum highlights:

  • Curriculum is integrated across all disciplines.  Reading, creative writing, grammar, math, science, social studies, art, music, cooking and gardening are blended together to create thematic units.
  • Curriculum is traditional in its emphasis on skill development in reading, writing and mathematics.
  • Reading is taught through phonological awareness.
  • Reading strategies include integrated-phonics/skill-based instruction in combination with literature reading/discussion and writing.
  • Creative writing techniques are taught.
  • Spelling, grammar and vocabulary are emphasized.
  • Teacher the “Building Block Skills” of listening, study, communications and problem solving are part of every-day school life.
  • “Learning by doing” teaching strategies are used.
  • Music, art, computer time, cooking, library, gym and It’s OK to Be Different round out our strong academic program.