Here at The Saklan School, we honor your child’s transition into kindergarten by providing them with rich learning experiences combined with a warm environment to help your child thrive.
Our kindergartners learn math concepts through hands-on exploration. We use the Sadlier-Oxford Progress in Mathematics Program, and lay the foundation of connecting mental math and logical reasoning skills to mathematical concepts and applications. We emphasize number concepts, patterns, counting, addition and subtraction, graphing, classifying, sorting, place value, money, time, number writing, and shapes.
Our kindergarten classroom uses an integrated approach to develop respect and understanding for individual differences and commonalities. We emphasize the understanding and creation of community. Students learn about the school community, their immediate community, and those of the world around them. Students learn about friends, families, as well as sharing, taking care of the environment and animals. Various celebrations from around the world are studied in conjunction with fairy and folk tales.
We apply the Wonders Reading Program in our kindergarten classroom, all letters and sounds, many sight words and word families are introduced with the goal of mastery by the end of the year. Teachers provide many opportunities and experiences for these young students to learn language in all its varied forms-reading, writing, speaking and listening. Literacy is also integrated into many other aspects of your kindergartner's day, including a love of literature with weekly visits to our library, journaling, art, science, math and social studies.
Science is integrated throughout the Kindergarten curriculum. We concentrate on Inquiry-based and hands-on methodologies. Your kindergartner's natural curiosity will be nurtured as they learn to question and explore to find the answers to their questions about the world around them.
In the classroom we’ll focus on major areas such as: bones, bugs and insects, the farm, weather and seasons. Other areas we introduce include the five senses, life cycles, non-living versus living things, and dinosaurs.
Our Kindergartners also visit the science lab throughout the year for more hands-on science. The lab unit, taught by our science specialist, allows our young students to use science equipment, go in-depth into the scientific method, to encourage a genuine love of science.
Kindergartners have access to iPads which are used to supplement the Language Arts and Math curriculum. Using IXL the children work individually on areas of needed growth.
Kindergartners love time outside the walls of the classroom. A variety of field experiences are scheduled to support what is going on inside the classroom. Some of the field trips include: the fire station, a farm, the Oakland Zoo and live performances.
In addition to the core curriculum, Saklan School Kindergartens:
Kindergarten Associate Teacher
• B.A. CSUEB
• ECE Basic Teaching Credential, Merritt College
Maggie has an AA in Psychology from College of Alameda and a BA in Human Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood Development from CSU East Bay. She was born in China, moved to Oakland, CA when she was just 6 months old, and grew up in the Bay Area. Maggie's interest in teaching developed after being a nanny for several years. She received her ECE teaching credentials from Merritt College, and then worked at Starlite CDC in Oakland and Tiny Tots in Alameda before coming to work at Saklan. For the future, she plans on getting a MA in Education and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.
When she’s not working, Maggie enjoys playing video games, reading, making art, and spending time with family and friends.