KinderCorner

KinderCorner is a comprehensive kindergarten program based on research indicating that young children learn best when material is delivered holistically rather than in isolation. Using a thematic approach to learning, KinderCorner addresses all key developmental domains for early learners. KinderCorner helps children make sense of the world around them, fostering the development of children’s language, literacy, math, and interpersonal and self-help skills and science and social studies concepts.  

KinderCorner provides kindergartners with the same type of experiential and child-centered curriculum that is the foundation of the Curiosity Corner curriculum. Ideally suited for a full-day classroom, KinderCorner provides a balance between child-initiated activities and teacher-directed instruction, with emphasis given to oral-language and literacy development.

How is KinderCorner structured?

KinderCorner consists of sixteen thematic units that are designed to relate to children’s lives, interests, and surroundings and introduce them to concepts that are then explored and reviewed through concrete, integrated, theme-related activities.
 
KinderCorner specifically targets language and literacy development through the discussion of thematic concepts to promote the children’s phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, and oral-language development. These activities include interactive story reading and storytelling, action songs and rhymes, and verbal guessing games. Each day, children choose learning labs and engage in reflection activities to promote their problem-solving skills. Students also read KinderCorner concepts-of-print books, which helps them to develop phonics and other reading-readiness skills.
 
Beginning halfway through the school year, formal reading instruction is introduced through KinderRoots. Through fun lessons and shared stories, students are exposed to the use of sound blending and strategies for word recognition and text comprehension as they read phonetically controlled text.

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What teacher supports are provided?

Kindergarten teachers receive all the necessary instructional materials to implement the KinderCorner program, including:
  • A KinderCorner Teacher’s Manual that provides an overview of the program, including chapters on the curriculum components, teaching reading, teaching strategies, family and teacher support, and assessment.
  • Sixteen theme guides, the backbone of KinderCorner. Theme guides provide daily lesson plans, materials lists, objectives, vocabulary, a detailed description of each component, and a letter for parents.
  • Four kits containing children’s books, posters, and other manipulative materials that introduce and support the thematic concepts and vocabulary of each theme.
  • Concepts-of-print books. In the early units, students develop reading-readiness skills as they read two colorful concepts-of-print books each week. The books are then sent home to be shared with families. Many of the books are accompanied by colorful Big Book versions to help teachers focus on punctuation and other print features. In later units, other Big Books are provided to teach thematic concepts.
  • Nineteen KinderCorner Shared Stories. A powerful literacy strand includes colorful stories with decodable text. Children’s consumable versions help them build a library at home as they master reading.
  • Multimedia support, which is available on DVD or as software for interactive-whiteboard users, offers a multitude of fun and engaging videos to accompany instruction.
  • Interactive-whiteboard software that comes loaded with audio and visual supports to enhance instruction.*
  • Rhyme cards, phonics picture cards, activity cards, and posters support instruction of new concepts, concepts of print, and/or the children’s practice of skills, e.g., sorting, classifying, and so on.
  • Commercial CDs that enhance lessons with fun rhymes and popular songs.
  • Math Home Link pages that the children take home to practice their math skills.
  • Access to online data tools that assist in tracking student progress and skill mastery.
*KinderCorner can be used with or without whiteboards. Whiteboard lessons are provided as ActivInspire flipchart files.

The Success for All Foundation is a commercial partner of Promethean, the publisher of ActivInspire software. KC2 users who purchase SFAF content in ActivInspire can download the free personal edition of ActivInspire. Click here for technical specifications.

Click here for a sample lesson from Unit 4: Head to Toe.

Professional Development and Coaching

One key to KinderCorner's success is the in-depth professional development provided by SFAF point coaches to support the teachers’ implementation of the thematic units.

Program Introduction
A rich, active initial training prepares teachers to begin their program implemention.

  • Two onsite training days are scheduled in the late summer for teachers, assistants, and administrators.
  • Training outlines the objectives of KinderCorner and prepares staff to begin implemention.

Goal-Focused Achievement Planning
As the school year begins, school/district leaders and your KinderCorner coach will develop specific instructional goals and outcomes. Each school receives:

  • quarterly monitoring of progress toward schoolwide goals; and
  • periodic sessions to examine data with leadership and staff to establish targets and interventions for the next quarter.

Ongoing Training and Coaching
As the year progresses, you can work with your KinderCorner coach to review your progress and refine your goals. Each school receives:

  • onsite support visits,
  • follow-up telephone meetings, and
  • a host of online resources that can be accessed through one convenient site.

Scope and  Sequence

KinderCorner is aligned to the Common Core State Standards for literacy and mathematics and ensures that every child enters the first grade with the language skills, early literacy, numeric concepts, social skills, self-help skills, and self-confidence necessary for success in the elementary grades.