Many students come into Oak Meadow already knowing how to read, or being familiar with the letters. Our approach to letters and numbers is so imaginative and artistic that many children who are already reading find themselves thoroughly enjoying the creative look at something they already know. It is often a wonderful experience for students to “play” with the letters in kindergarten, even if they already “know” them.
For students who are eager for more challenges, it is relatively easy to add depth and complexity to the assignments without having to stray very far from the lesson framework. For example, if the assignment is to memorize a four line verse emphasizing the long “a” sound, you might have your son write and illustrate his own original poem instead. Or he might create a list of 10 rhyming words with the long “a” sound, and then see how many sentences he can make up using those words. Or he might draw a picture that only has long “a” things in it. In this way, you are staying within the framework of the lesson (exploring the long “a” sound) but doing so in a creative, challenging way.
Our kindergarten curriculum is designed to allow the child to learn and experience many concepts beyond letters and numbers, through the use of archetypal fairy tales, fables, myths and legends. Using an artistic approach, the student will write and illustrate books centered around the foundational themes of these stories. Careful attention to the artistic expression of these themes and ideals fosters a child’s inner growth and the development of persistent, focused awareness. All the material is presented in a natural, informal way which encourages learning to be a process that comes from within instead of something that is forced from the outside.