Kindergarten

A year of transition

Kindergarten is an exciting transition as young learners blend the playing, singing, and craft-making from preschool with more writing, reading, and math lessons. Kindergarteners get used to school routines, practice working together in groups to build teamwork and sharing skills — and learn how to be successful students for years to come.

At a Glance

Choose from Spanish, French or Mandarin tracks

80% immersion in the language

1:10 Student / Teacher Ratio

Curriculum

A Bilingual Program

Students are not taught a language but rather IN a language. Daily exposure to various languages builds confidence and communication skills, and prepares our students to become bilingual, adaptable, and active citizens.

A World-Class Education

Guided by the International Baccalaureate and European standards, our program follows transdisciplinary themes in which language, math, gross motor skills, the arts, music and more are integrated. The curriculum has been built on the principal of incorporating some of the world’s best practices in education such as Singapore Math, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, and the Mission Laique Française.

Academic challenge

Our program is structured so that it encourages and facilitates creative and critical thinking skills, while engaging students in discovery, inquiry, and problem-solving. They are constantly and positively challenged, so that they are used to and enjoy giving their best.

The IB Primary Years Program (PYP) is a curriculum framework which centers around a series of transdisciplinary themes that address human commonalities. The Program of Inquiry  reflects our philosophy, our knowledge and experience, and the requirements of the NJ Department of Education as well as of the French Curriculum. We review and revise it annually, keeping it relevant, challenging and engaging for our students.

The students are exposed to units of learning that promote inquiry, exploration, and investigation. These units integrate all subject areas and provide meaningful learning experiences for students. The goal is to connect the students’ learning to the real world, both locally and globally. We want our students to develop a deep  understanding of the concepts and

Transdisciplinary Concepts: form, function, causation, change, perspective, connection, responsibility

Language / Literacy Skills: Students will practice writing, start to practice cursive, they will discover how the letters combine, phonetic awareness, will  express their opinions and inquiries, structure language and learn syntactic structures. They will begin to participate in a series of dramatic activities, will understand the correlation between letters and sound, and start to read and understand familiar print.

Math Skills: Kindergarteners will start building the tools to prepare for Grade 1, as well as to structure one’s thinking. They will focus on representing and comparing whole numbers, initially with sets of objects; and on describing shapes and space. More learning time in Kindergarten will be devoted to numeracy, learning counting and decomposition, constructing and deconstructing numbers, and beginning the discovery of algorithms.

Assessments

  • Daily formative assessments (rubrics, checklists, anecdotal assessments, exit tickets, etc.)
  • Periodical assessments: Twice a year, we assess our students on various attributes, including academic skills as well as creativity, collaborative planning, and innovation. The scores are recorded and shared with parents. The goal of these assessments is to look at the growth of our students over time, from when they began studying at Tessa, to the moment that they graduate.
  • MAP tests by NWEA: these include math and language.
  • Twice per year, we administer a survey related to your child’s relationship with his or her teacher, to make sure that we are doing our absolute best to care for our students.

Sample of Daily Schedule

TimeSchedule
7.30am - 8.30amBefore Care
8.30amStart of the Day
8.45am - 9amCircle Time / Group Meeting
9am - 9.45amUnit of Inquiry
(Social Studies, Sciences, Math, Literacy, Arts and Movements)
9.45am - 10.30amSnack & Recess
10.30am - 11amUnit of Inquiry
11am - 12pmSpecials
12pm - 1pmLunch & Recess
1pm - 1.30pmQuite Time
1.30pm - 2.30pmUnit of Inquiry
2.30pm - 3pmLearning Centers
3pm - 3.15pmPack-up / Departure
3.15pm - 7pmAfter Care

Tessa International School

Office: (201) 755-5585 | Location: 702 Monroe St. Hoboken, NJ 07030