Kindergarten

Kindergarten Picture

 

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

  • For the Birds
    Written by

         Early this past fall, a returning Kindergartner inquired during a Forest Kindergarten hike, "Can we go to The Raptor Center again?"

         "We can make a plan," I affirmed.  At the time, I envisioned a spring hike to The Raptor Center, as the previous two Kindergartens had done.  Through the fall hikes, though, this group showed their capacity for and interest in long hikes.  They like setting challenges for themselves and persist in meeting those challenges.

         December came around, and it was time to make plans for the school giving tree.  This is a Kindergarten tradition which began decades ago with the Kindergarten cutting a live Christmas tree for their room.  Eventually, the tradition expanded to include everyone, whether they celebrate Christmas or not.  The tree became a giving tree and is set up near the front of the hallway for everyone to enjoy.  The Kindergarten still selects and cuts the tree.  This year the group hiked to the Yellow Springs High School Forest to cut our tree. 

         The Kindergarten also decides on a worthy cause to which all school families are invited to give.  This year's Kindergartners chose to ask for donations for the birds at The Raptor Center.  Here is their letter to families: 

         Dear Families,

         We  need money, suet cages, small and medium carabiners, select-a-size paper towels, dish sponges with green scrub sides, Dawn dish soap, plastic grocery bags, and Petsmart or Lowes gift cards for the birds at The Raptor Center.  We need the stuff by December 13th.  There's going to be a tree near the front door.  Can you please put the stuff under it?

    Love,
    XOXO
    Kindergartners

         The children planned to hike to The Raptor Center to deliver the donations.  A few days before the scheduled hike, the children brought all the items left on or under the tree back to our room to sort and count.  With great pride, they made trips back and forth and filled our tables with the donations.  They especially enjoyed counting the money and several of them had donated from their own penny banks, giving them lots of sorting, stacking, and counting practice.  They raised almost $300 in cash and gift cards and a table full of paper towels, suet cages, carabiners, and other items to help the rehabilitating birds.

         On our hike, the children were excited to see areas of the Glen that we, as a Kindergarten group, had not been to yet--the new, wooden bridge, the water fall cave, the Yellow Springs, and the Cascades.  At The Raptor Center, they got to see three owls--a screech owl, a barred owl, and a barn owl--up close during a program given by Director, Rebecca Jaramillo.  We also got to view the resident birds housed outside with Rebecca as our guide. 

         "Why is this one here?" the children asked of each bird.

         "Most of them were hurt by cars," one child noted.

         The children proudly gave Rebecca the collected money, which I had carried with us in the group backpack, and they eagerly unloaded the other items from the cars, when parents arrived to take us back to school.  Rebecca told the children they could come back and visit whenever the Center is open.

         "We will," they declared.  "We'll be back to check on the birds."

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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."
Kindergarten
For 5- and 6-year-olds
Full-day
8:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Half-day
11:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
 

Upcoming Kindergarten Events

Mon Jan 22 @ 8:30AM - 11:45AM
Forest Kindergarten

Thu Jan 25 @12:00AM
Swim & Gym

Mon Jan 29 @ 8:30AM - 11:45AM
Forest Kindergarten

Wed Jan 31 @ 8:20AM - 11:30AM
Guess How Much I Love You & My Little Storybook

Thu Feb 01 @12:00AM
Swim & Gym

Mon Feb 05 @ 8:30AM - 11:45AM
Forest Kindergarten

Mon Feb 12 @ 8:30AM - 11:45AM
Forest Kindergarten

Thu Feb 15 @12:00PM - 03:00PM
Ice Skating

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The Antioch School 2000-2008

 

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