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Lindie Keaton warmly guides her class of 5- and 6-year-old explorers. Her philosophy is that children are efficient, able learners who pose the questions they need to have answered. Lindie actively observes each child and provides him or her with the materials, opportunities and activities needed to understand and grow. One of her goals is for the kindergartners to become excellent problem solvers.

Exploration and play, within safe, age-appropriate limits, are seen as the best ways for children this age to learn. The children are encouraged to touch, manipulate, experiment, contemplate and assimilate their experiences through play. As Lindie says, "Kindergarten is where the real movers and shakers of the world reside, and they need lots of opportunities to do just that!"

As with all classes, the Kindergarten participates in Art & Science classes, spends time hiking in the Glen, creates stories and plays, and is guided in other explorations of the class's choosing.  Kindergartners also go swimming weekly at the Antioch College Wellness Center pool.


Kindergarten Newsletter

  • First Forest Kindergarten Morning
    Written by

         The Kindergarten met in our forest classroom for our first Forest Kindergarten morning last Monday.  It was a lovely, sunny morning, and everyone found their way down from school or was dropped off along Allen Street, where you can see the entrance of our forest classroom from the street.  Children explored the forest classroom in small groups or chatted with MJ at the fire circle, while we waited for more of our group to arrive.  We started with news around the fire circle (no fire, as it was such a warm day, but some of the children are already looking forward to one).  After each of us had a chance to share about something, the children made a plan for our first hike.  An experienced Kindergartner explained some of the usual Kindergarten hikes--shorter hikes are the rocks and the cave, longer ones are meatball rocks and the Yellow Springs, with the creek hikes being somewhere in the middle.  The children decided to hike to the rocks first and hope to hike to the cave next.  The group made easy work of their hike to the rocks.  Although a few children expressed concern with how far apart the group stretched along the trail, I thought they stayed very compact for a Kindergarten group on their first hike.  When we arrived back in our forest classroom we had one of our traditional Forest Kindergarten snacks--granola bars and string cheese.  Then children spent the remainder of the time playing and exploring in the forest classroom.  Some children are discussing wanting to build some kind of house there.  It seems some summer visitors may have used a lot of the former stick houses that children had built as fire wood.  I am looking forward to seeing how the children will manage to rebuild.

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MJ - School Manager

Lindie Keaton - Kindergarten

Lindie graduated from Wright State University summa cum laude with an honors Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education.  Lindie was named Outstanding Student from the education department for her graduating class.  She taught six to nine year olds for nine years in the Springfield City Schools, where she was named an Outstanding Teacher of the Year and nominated for a county-wide teaching award.  Lindie is currently in her tenth year as Kindergarten teacher at Antioch School.  Lindie's son is an Antioch School graduate.  Lindie states, "I've learned so much in my time here as a parent and as a teacher.  The school has had a profound impact on my life.  It is such joy, as a teacher,  to have the freedom to meet children's needs."
For 5- and 6-year-olds
8:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
11:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Upcoming Kindergarten Events

Thu Oct 17 @12:00AM
Wellness Center Swim & Gym

Fri Oct 18 @12:00AM
Conference Day - School Closed

Tue Oct 22 @ 1:00PM - 03:00PM
Field Trip - Peifer Orchard Tour

Thu Oct 24 @12:00AM
Wellness Center Swim & Gym

Mon Nov 04 @12:00AM

Thu Nov 07 @12:00AM
Wellness Center Swim & Gym

Fri Nov 08 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
Harvest Soup Supper

Fri Nov 15 @ 9:30AM - 10:30AM
In School Performance - Opera Marionettes

Thu Nov 21 @12:00AM
Wellness Center Swim & Gym

Tue Nov 26 @11:45AM - 02:00PM
Thanksgiving Feast - Early Dismissal

Contact Lindie

If you have a question for Lindie, please use the form below to send her an email.

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Christina Brewer
The Antioch School 2000-2008


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