Starting in the 2020-21 School Year, Kaleidoscope School added a Kindergarten Class to our long standing Preschool Program.
We will be adding one grade per year until we are a K-5 Elementary School!
The 2022-23 School Year will offer Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade classes.
Kaleidoscope School Elementary Program “At a Glance”
Kaleidoscope School Preschool Program, 1996
Kaleidoscope School Elementary Program, 2020
HEAD OF SCHOOL/CO-FOUNDER
Mary-Pat Soukup, MS
The Elementary School Program will be moving to a larger location in the Magnolia
Village for the 2022-23 School Year.
2022-23 School Year, K-2
We are adding one grade per year until we are a K-5
SCHOOL STRUCTURE and ENROLLMENT
We will offer a Kindergarten class of up to 12 students, and a 1/2 split class of up to 12 students total.
$14,000 yearly (($1,400/month)
Available to any family who requests.
MTThF, 9:00-3:00 and W 9:00-1:30
After School Care is available until 6:00
At Kaleidoscope School, We Make Room for Everyone to Play (and Learn!)
Children learn, grow, and develop best in a safe, nurturing community where they have positive relationships with their teachers. At Kaleidoscope School, every child is seen, known, valued and respected. We believe that all learning happens in the context of a relationship, and our teachers work to build positive, mutual relationships with each child.
Kaleidoscope School uses a relationship and play based curriculum called Emergent Curriculum. Emergent curriculum is a philosophy of teaching that focuses on being responsive to children’s interests to create meaningful learning experiences. This philosophy prioritizes active participation, relationship building, flexible and adaptable methods, inquiry, and play-based learning. Curriculum is child-initiated, collaborative and responsive to the children’s needs.
In addition to academics, social and emotional development is a daily and important part of life at Kaleidoscope School. Children learn, through curriculum and modeling, empathy, impulse control, emotional regulation, conflict resolution, and to recognize and express their own feelings, and the feelings of others. Children spend their time at Kaleidoscope School in a balance of purposeful play, direct instruction, and project-based learning.
Because each grade level is kept purposefully small (no more than 12 children per grade), we are able to provide a flexible, multi-age experience. This model is responsive to each child’s development, embracing the idea that children grow and change at different rates, and with different strengths and challenges.
Teaching in a multi-age setting is differentiated and varied, providing students with opportunities to engage with peers who share their skill level, as well as to collaborate across a wide range of skill levels. Teachers are able to adjust their instruction in response to a child’s abilities, interests, and developmental levels, meeting each individual’s needs within the group.
Children at Kaleidoscope School are seen, loved, and valued by their teachers, and by all the staff at Kaleidoscope School. They come to school happy, are nurtured and cared for in every way all day, and go home smiling. We invite you and your child to become a part of the Kaleidoscope School Family!
In order to read, children need to be taught “the code.” They need to learn letter-sound relationships. However, since English often deviates from its own rules, phonics instruction isn’t enough. There are words that kids need to learn by sight. Additionally, there are patterns and word parts that kids can learn and apply to hosts of words.
While they’re learning all of this, kids need to encounter words in context. They need to apply their skills to a variety of text types. They need to fall in love with lots of great books so that they’re motivated to read!
Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade students are immersed in a balanced reading program, which incorporates instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, sight words, and an appreciation of literature. They have daily opportunities to engage with text independently, with a reading partner, in a small group, and in whole group settings. Kindergarten and first grade readers represent a range of skill levels, and each is supported at their individual level.
We use the Units of Study in Reading and Writing Curriculum, which offers a framework for teaching that provides a comprehensive, cross-grade curriculum in which skills are introduced, developed, and deepened, supports explicit instruction in reading skills and strategies, and offers extended time for reading. We supplement this curriculum with explicit, short, daily phonics lessons.
At Kaleidoscope School, kids learn to think, strategize, and solve problems–not just get answers.
We use the Eureka Math curriculum at Kaleidoscope School. Eureka Math is focused on key concepts that layer over time, creating enduring knowledge. Students gain a complete body of math knowledge, not just a discrete set of skills. They use the same models and problem-solving methods from grade to grade, so math concepts stay with them, year after year.
The Science Curriculum at Kaleidoscope School uses all the skills children are learning in literacy, math, and social emotional skills to further explore the world around them. From pumpkins to butterflies, cats to insects, biology to chemistry, science at Kaleidoscope School involves exploration, reading, developing guesses, observation, comparison, documentation, estimation, classification, testing, observing some more in order to find out how the world around us works!