The Kindergarten curriculum at Pumpkin Patch Early learning center is an enriching curriculum where all children are active learners. The academic program meets and exceeds the standards and requirements of the State of Rhode Island. This program offers Reading, Math, Writing, History, Science, Geography and Character Education as well as Art and Physical Education.

The focus of the reading program is phonics-based. Children learn sounds and blend them into words. Strong decoding skills are combined with comprehension strategies to enable students to understand what they read. The goal is for all students to be confident, strategic, independent readers. The program also focuses on comprehension, language and concept development as children read a variety of texts.

At Pumpkin patch, Kindergarten uses the Saxon math program. This math program provides students with a carefully sequenced development of concepts and time to practice skills in subsequent lessons. Each day begins with a math meeting to establish a routine and practice skills related to calendar, time temperature, money, counting, patterning and problem solving.

In addition, a new objective is introduced through a carefully planned group activity for each lesson. Students are given opportunities to work independently and practice math skills and concepts. These concepts are taught and explored in accordance with Rhode Island Content Standards.

Writing is a critical part of any literacy program. The Writer’s Workshop program is a child-centered personal approach. The children write in their journals and share with their classmates and teachers. They also learn to how to read and spell high-frequency words using a word wall.

The Science, History and Geography program follow the core Knowledge Program, developed by E.D. Hirsch. The goal of History and Geography in Kindergarten is to broaden each child’s focus on the world around them. The school fosters curiosity and the beginnings of understanding the larger world outside of the child’s neighborhood and community. This is done through a variety of methods including stories, drama, art, music, discussion, etc. History covers topics pertaining to both world and American history providing a brief overview of major events and figures. Within the area of Geography students gain a spatial sense of the world working with maps and globes and beginning to build a geographic vocabulary.