Kindergarten

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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

  • Forest Kindergarten--Our Third Fall
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         This year's Kindergarten group has completed our first month, September.  It is my third fall in the forest classroom.  There are some familiar fall rituals, like extensive burr removal needs during our first few Forest Kindergarten mornings, until the children learn which plants to avoid or have done most of the seed distribution.  There are flowers to be picked in the forest classroom.  The honeysuckles are sporting their red berries.  We haven't seen a puff ball mushroom yet, but I am hopeful that we will after our next rain. 

         On our first Forest Kindergarten morning, the children found some painted rocks left by a former Forest Kindergartner, as a welcome gift.  We put them in the bone museum to be enjoyed by all.  Late this week, another former Forest Kindergartner share a special stick with me that he had found in the Younger Group's outdoor classroom.  We admired it together, and I feel really fortunate that the children have been able to carry their forest classroom experience forward. 

         This group set a goal of hiking to Meatball Rock, which is the farthest out and back hike any Kindergarten group has ever made .  This group likes a challenge, and they take things on quickly, I am learning.  On the advice of an experienced Forest Kindergarten classmate, they decided to proceed incrementally.  First hike to the Rocks.  Next hike to the Cave.  Then hike to Meatball Rock.  It took us two tries to make it to the cave. After learning that more of us need to carry water, we made it to the Cave last week.  They have also decided that they want to hike down to the creek, while the weather is still warm, so that is the plan for our next hike.  Then it will be on to Meatball Rock!

         After our return from the Cave last week and a snack of cheese and granola bars, the children spread out in the forest classroom and got busy.  Some of them discovered that the mud was just right and set up a mud pizza shop near the lean to.  One child found a thin rectangular piece of sheet metal that had washed up from the ground with the rain.  A small group installed it on one side of the lean to, stacked sticks along it, and used it to create a small second room at the back of the lean to. 

         The morning ended with some regret that we didn't have more time.  This is a common beginning of the year occurrence, when everything is new, including the ability for the group to, over time, plan for as much time is needed on activities.  "We can come back," I reassured the Kindergartners.  "This is our forest classroom.  It will be here for us to come to again and again."  And we are all looking forward to it.

        

        

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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 Oct 30 @ 8:30AM - 11:30AM
Forest Kindergarten

Fri Nov 03 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
Harvest Soup Supper

Mon Nov 06 @ 8:30AM - 11:30AM
Forest Kindergarten

Mon Nov 13 @ 8:30AM - 11:30AM
Forest Kindergarten

Mon Nov 20 @ 8:30AM - 11:30AM
Forest Kindergarten

Tue Nov 21 @11:45AM -
Thanksgiving Feast

Wed Nov 22 @ 8:30AM - 03:30PM
Thanksgiving Holiday

Mon Nov 27 @ 8:30AM - 11:30AM
Forest Kindergarten

Mon Dec 04 @ 8:30AM - 11:30AM
Forest Kindergarten

Mon Dec 11 @ 8:30AM - 11:30AM
Forest Kindergarten

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