The Island School, a private school on Bainbridge Island, offers an engaging Kindergarten program for students from the Kitsap Peninsula, including Poulsbo, Suquamish, Indianola, Kingston, Hansville and Silverdale.

Language Arts
Social Studies
Language Arts

The kindergarten language arts program engages our beginning elementary school students in the interrelated processes of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students are immersed in a wide variety of literacy experiences to help them develop a love of language and a passion for reading.

In Reading students:

  • Use the Reading Revolution program
  • Begin using decoding strategies such as picture cues and context clues
  • Isolate and identify single sounds and blend sounds in words
  • Develop skills to decode phonetic consonant-vowel-consonant words
  • Work successfully with pattern and easy phonetic texts
  • Recognize familiar words in context
  • Have individualized reading programs based on abilities
  • Read with an adult
  • Begin to recognize high frequency and sight words
  • Hear daily read-aloud chapter books

In Writing students:

  • Participate in daily writing based on classroom theme
  • Internalize and use sound/letter associations automatically
  • Use phonetic invented/temporary spelling to write independently
  • Receive one-to-one instruction at the writing table
  • Write lunch notes
  • Write scientific journals and nonfiction reports

In Writing Mechanics students:

  • Perform kinesthetic practice of letter formation
  • Practice letters top to bottom, left to right
  • Copy written models
  • Work to develop proper letter formation and spacing using the Hand Writing Without Tears program
  • Begin to use capital letters at the beginning of sentences
  • Begin to use periods at the end of sentences
  • Learn correct spelling of "lifetime words" (you, is, me, the, my, and, I, it, in, your, go)

In Oral Communication students:

  • Participate in daily sharing and contribute to class discussions
  • Listen appropriately to classmates and teachers
  • Ask questions and make comments
  • Read original work at Authors’ Chair
  • Practice conflict resolution

Using the Investigations In Numbers, Data & Space curriculum, the kindergarten math program supports students at their level as they learn to think mathematically. It engages students in key mathematical content in the areas of pattern recognition, number sense, geometric relationships, and data collection and analysis. As students explore mathematical problems in depth, they work together, use a variety of concrete materials, and express their mathematical thinking through talking, drawing and writing. Our instruction encompasses problem solving and critical and strategic thinking. The following Investigations In Numbers, Data & Space units are studied:

In Patterns students:

  • Identify and describe pattern sequences
  • Predict what comes next in a pattern sequence
  • Construct patterns from a variety of materials

In Number Sense students:

  • Compose mathematical equations
  • Read, write and sequence numbers up to six
  • Establish one-to-one correspondence

In Exploring Data students:

  • Explore attributes of various materials
  • Sort a variety of materials based on attributes
  • Create a representation of sets of objects using pictures, words or drawings
  • Present data orally to classmates

In Exploring Geometry students:

  • Organize and analyze data in charts and graphs
  • Explore two- and three-dimensional shapes and symmetry

In Counting and the Number System students:

  • Develop an understanding of numbers and number relationships
  • Count up to twenty objects
  • Combine and compare amounts
  • Represent quantities with pictures, numbers and words
  • Measure length and distance with nonstandard units
  • Solve story problems using addition and subtraction
Social Studies

The kindergarten social studies program is an integral part of all of the daily activities in our classroom. We seek to build a positive, cooperative learning environment that honors each child, encourages responsibility, and promotes conflict resolution. We begin by focusing on ourselves and expand to encompass families, our school, and our community at large. Our all-school Cultural Study introduces us to the cultures of the world. Central goals of the program are to broaden students’ view of the world and to help them appreciate and respect its diversity. Social studies encompasses the core disciplines of writing, reading, and mathematics.

In Social Studies students:

  • Write books concerning themselves, their families, their friends and their communities
  • Take field trips to visit the neighborhood community and Seattle
  • Participate in the all-school Cultural Study
  • Begin to understand the use of maps and globes
  • Vote “using your own voice”
  • Record information true to oneself in response to the “Question of the Day”
  • Use life skills to understand and follow classroom and school rules, be the “boss of yourself,” work out conflict, be a friend
  • Take responsibility for one’s own actions/staying in one’s own “body bubble”
  • Share ideas and listen to other members of a group
  • Participate in classroom discussions using the Second Step program to build problem solving and empathy skills

The kindergarten science program encourages our students to extend their natural curiosity. Science is a hands-on experience. Kindergartners hone their observation skills by hypothesizing, comparing, collecting and recording data, and then re-evaluating their hypothesis. Themes may include experimentation, whales, insects, weather and gardening.

In Science students:

  • Study topics through inquiry
  • Participate in class discussions
  • Classify objects
  • Identify and record data using pictures or words
  • Predict outcomes
  • Measure and weigh with standard and nonstandard units
  • Look for patterns and compare predictions with outcomes
  • Share information by speaking, writing or drawing
  • Participate in the all-school Science Fair



Amazing Discoveries At The Science Fair

The Island School's Annual Science Fair culminates a year of science curriculum and allows the students to apply the “scientific method” with amazing discoveries, feats and fun. Some Amazing Discoveries from past Science Fairs are described here.

  • An independent study showed that Simple Green does, in fact, clean carpet stains better than the competitors.
  • Fifty-two paper planes took flight across The Island School playfield. One flew an amazing 100 feet.
  • Fifty boats were built and floated. One supported 52 pennies before sinking.
  • A bridge builder's design and fabrication brilliance surpassed everyone’s expectations by supporting 16 blocks on 1 sheet of folded paper.