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

  • The Kindergarten Giving Tree
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           The Kindergarten Giving Tree tradition dates back further than my time at The Antioch School, but I am told that once there was a tradition of the Kindergarten getting a Christmas tree.  (The Christmas tree tradition itself was borrowed from a European pagan tradition originally.)  Eventually, this didn't seem fitting, as not all families celebrate Christmas, so a more inclusive tradition was established about 20 years ago.  The Kindergartners still get a tree, but it is a giving tree and each group decides on a cause and something school families can give to help.  Over the last decade or so Kindergartners have asked for hats, mittens, and scarves for those who don't have any; food for the local food bank; clothing for those who lost their homes in a hurricane; supplies for injured birds at The Glen's Raptor Center, and money to provide third world villages with pumps for clean drinking water.  This year the children decided to ask families to bring food for those who can't afford enough and to ask families to help stop pollution.  Their letter is  below. 

    "Dear Families and Friends,

         Please bring gifts of food for the people who (don't) have enough money for food and can't buy it.  Put the food under the giving tree.  We will put the tree by the front door.
         Build less things with pollution.  Don't build so many factories. 
         Make sure you don't forget to bring the food.
         Thank you.
    Kindergarten"

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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 Dec 23 @12:00AM
Winter Holiday

Mon Jan 06 @12:00AM
School Resumes

Thu Jan 09 @12:15PM - 03:00PM
Swim & Gym

Tue Jan 14 @10:45AM - 11:30AM
In-School Performance - Philharmonic Trio

Fri Jan 17 @10:00AM - 11:30AM
American Sign Language Lessons

Mon Jan 20 @12:00AM
Martin Luther King Day - School Closed

Thu Jan 23 @12:15PM - 03:00PM
Swim & Gym

Fri Jan 24 @12:00AM
Conference Day - School Closed

Fri Jan 31 @12:00AM
Conference Day - School Closed

Thu Feb 06 @12:15PM - 03:00PM
Swim & Gym

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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