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

  • Ice Skates and Leprechauns
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    This past week the Kindergartners went on a field trip the Chiller, an indoor ice skating rink in Springfield. We were joined by the Older and Younger Groups. Prior to the trip, the children and I spent time talking about what the rink is like, what ice skating is like, and discussing their questions and concerns. Several of the children, who had been in Kindergarten and gone ice skating the previous year, were able to answer their friends' questions, and their enthusiasm for the trip became contagious. The day of the trip the children arrived with snow pants (to cushion falls) and great expectations. They knew they could hold onto the side rail, hold the hand of a friend or their Older Group partner, or go out onto the ice on their own, as they felt comfortable. They were amazing to watch--everyone made tremendous progress during the course of the time we were there, which was a little less than two hours. Those who had spent time watching were venturing out holding onto the wall railing or the hand of an Older Group partner. Those who had started out holding the rail were skating freely across the ice. Those who had started out skating freely across the ice were making longer and longer glides between falls. They beamed with pride and satisfaction! The glow came in with them the following morning, when several Kindergartners asked if we could go ice skating again. After looking into some possibilities we came up with the idea to invite families for an after school ice skating time. The children dictated the beginning of the invitation and we copied that along with our notes on possible days and times. Copies were delivered to each group, so they could consider the idea before the next day's all school meeting. I sent an email to families, so they could weigh in on the choices of days as well. At the meeting the children narrowed the choices to Saturday and Sunday, and then took an oral vote, one child at a time, to determine that Saturday would be our school family ice skate. The Saturday skate was well attended, and the children continued to develop their skating skill and speed. There is something very satisfying in over coming fears, developing new skills, and moving our bodies through space--ice skating has it all! The children ended their week on Friday with an Antioch School Younger Group-Kindergarten tradition--the Leprechaun hunt. The Younger Groupers invite the Kindergartners to the Younger Group room for a Saint Patrick's Day celebration, consisting of a hunt for Leprechauns (each one unique and hand-drawn by a YG artist) and to share a very green snack. There was green cake, celery, broccoli, green dressing, grapes, snap peas, pickles, and green melon. This year's Leprechauns were delightful, and the Kindergartners were delighted to find them. This was our first whole group visit and activity with YG, and we look forward to more as we move into spring.
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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 Mar 27 @ 8:30AM - 11:30AM
Forest Kindergarten

Fri Mar 31 @ 8:30AM - 05:00PM
Conference Day - School Closed

Mon Apr 03 @12:00AM
Spring Holiday - School Closed

Mon Apr 03 @ 8:30AM - 11:30AM
Forest Kindergarten

Mon Apr 10 @ 8:30AM - 03:00PM
School Resumes from Spring Holiday

Fri Apr 14 @ 8:30AM - 05:00PM
Conference Day - School Closed

Fri Apr 28 @ 7:00PM - 07:00PM
Older Group and Thirds Spring Musical

Mon May 08 @ 8:30AM - 05:00PM
Faculty Planning Retreat - School Closed

Tue May 09 @ 8:30AM - 05:00PM
2017-2018 Contracts Due

Mon May 15 @ 8:30AM - 05:00PM
2017-2018 Final Enrollment Deposit Due

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