The Kindergarten experience is about developing a foundation of skills in an environment that is nurturing, stimulating, and developmentally appropriate for young students. As one of the top private schools in Pittsburgh, Ellis is able to provide students with that environment. Kindergarteners explore emergent literacy concepts and acquire knowledge of math, science, and social studies through participation in visual, auditory, and kinesthetic activities. As very social learners, our students enjoy large and small group projects. Our classroom is organized with tables and large floor spaces to promote this collaborative learning. We understand that each child learns at her own pace and in her own style. We respect and encourage individuality and independence and strive to create a classroom environment that celebrates and supports each student during her Kindergarten year.
The Kindergarten Curriculum is designed to provide active, innovative learning experiences for all students. Students are guided and supported as they expand their knowledge in the areas of reading, writing, math, science, and social studies and develop skills such as critical thinking, creativity, and adaptability. Teachers use a broad range of instructional strategies and differentiated activities that engage students in authentic learning at their level of readiness. Technology is used throughout the curriculum and learning is connected across subject areas. Kindergartners collaborate in small and large groups to solve problems using real-world data and apply their knowledge in meaningful ways.