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Lower School (Primary - 4th Grade)


Welcome to Kindergarten

Our Kindergarten program is built upon the foundations of academic rigor, social-emotional development, leadership, and community. Through large and small-group instruction and hands-on, collaborative learning, students expand their critical thinking skills and learn how to self-advocate. Each unit intertwines academic and social-emotional development, preparing students for success in first grade and beyond while honoring and supporting various learning profiles.

Kindergarten at Marin Horizon

Program Elements

List of 4 items.

  • Reading and Language Arts

    A language arts program using Lucy Calkin's Reader's and Writer's Workshop allows students to take charge of their own learning at this pivotal stage. Through guided instruction, students learn skills ranging from decoding to reading fluency to storytelling. Students benefit from whole-group instruction and collaborative small group work to expand their reading and writing skills while creating positive and productive reading behaviors.
  • Word Study

    Kindergartners use Fundations, a multisensory and systematic phonics, spelling, and handwriting program that benefits all students. Through Fundations, students comprehensively learn phonemic awareness and word study that contributes significantly to vocabulary development, fluency, and the application of strategies for understanding text setting our students up for reading and writing success. 
  • Math

    A manipulatives-based, hands-on math program brings problem-solving to life for our kindergartners. Students interact daily and work together to develop number sense (counting, cardinality, patterns, etc.) and flexible math thinking in math centers. Flexible thinking allows students to understand that there is more than one way to solve a problem. The ability to visualize, discuss, and troubleshoot gives students the opportunity to discover mathematical concepts in the world around them while developing the conceptual skills needed to succeed in later elementary grades.
  • Social-Emotional Learning

    A student's social-emotional development is just as important as their academic growth; the skills of self-advocacy, community engagement, compassion and empathy inform students' academic experience and vice versa. Through a philosophy rooted in Responsive Classroom and restorative justice, students learn positive, community-based values that explicitly and implicitly teach the value of self while honoring those around them. Helping students develop an understanding of themselves and the various communities of which they are a part allows them to better navigate their academic experience as well as the greater world around them.

Culminating Overnight Trip

In the spring, kindergarteners enjoy an overnight at China Camp State Park. For many students, this is their first night away from their families and a chance to practice independence in a safe and supportive environment. Students gain an understanding of themselves and their peers outside of classroom walls while experiencing the first of our K-8 outdoor education curriculum.

Kindergarten Daily Schedule

8:20-8:50 a.m. Morning Circle 

8:50-9:30 a.m. Word Study - Phonics, Phonological Awareness 

9:30-10:00 a.m. Snack and Recess 

10:00-10:45 a.m. Math 

10:45-11:30 a.m. Reading Workshop or Writing Workshop 

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch and Recess 

12:30-1:00 p.m. Quiet Time and Small Group Work 

1:00-1:30 p.m. Science/Social Studies/Social-Emotional Learning 

1:30-2:00 p.m. Specialist Class or Activity Time - Art, Music, PE, Spanish, Class Project, or Playtime 

2:00-2:30 p.m. Closing Circle and Dismissal - Read-Aloud, Mindful Moment, Share 

Current Parent

I had planned to go the public school route, but as soon as I visited Marin Horizon, I knew it would be our school 'home'.

Kindergarten Faculty

    • Moriah Geller

      Teacher, Literacy Specialist

    • Lisa Scarsella

      Associate Teacher

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