Kindergarten

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Lindie Keaton warmly guides her class of 5- and 6-year-old explorers. Her philosophy is that children are efficient, able learners who pose the questions they need to have answered. Lindie actively observes each child and provides him or her with the materials, opportunities and activities needed to understand and grow. One of her goals is for the kindergartners to become excellent problem solvers.

Exploration and play, within safe, age-appropriate limits, are seen as the best ways for children this age to learn. The children are encouraged to touch, manipulate, experiment, contemplate and assimilate their experiences through play. As Lindie says, "Kindergarten is where the real movers and shakers of the world reside, and they need lots of opportunities to do just that!"

As with all classes, the Kindergarten participates in Art & Science classes, spends time hiking in the Glen, creates stories and plays, and is guided in other explorations of the class's choosing.  Kindergartners also go swimming weekly at the Antioch College Wellness Center pool.

 

Kindergarten Newsletter

  • Kindergarten synergy in the year of a pandemic
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         Here at The Antioch School we celebrate and cherish each individual.  Our website says, children ". . .  walk their own learning path, as fast and as far as it may go. .  Each person is trusted as a learner "  Our greatest contributions, though, are often made as part of a group. 

         This year was the fourteenth in which I had the privilege of spending time with a group of Kindergartners.  For thirteen years prior to this, as I have watched, each group has spontaneously come together in May to culminate the year by creating something big--all of them, together.  I don't share this with any group during the year.  I don't interfere with what they create.  And year after year it happens--sometimes at the very last minute or sometimes planned over the course of the school year.  Kindergarten children have created original plays, rewritten popular musicals, composed their own music and dance, shared their gifts in a talent show, performed reprises of the Younger Group's circus, and designed and helped build a straw bale playhouse on our playground.  This happened for Kindergartners at The Antioch School before I was the teacher--my own son's group performed their own version of the Older Group's musical from that year.  It is something that is in these five and six year olds, and that if adults are brave enough to stand aside, the children, as a group, will bring out.

         If I would have known at the beginning of this school year that our time to be physically together as a group would end in early March, my greatest disappointment for the children would have been believing that they would not have the time to come together as a group in May, as the thirteen groups that proceeded them have, to create whatever amazing, synergistic group wonder was in them.  

         In November, this Kindergarten group, inspired by the Younger Group's Halloween play, wrote their own play and decided to perform it for parents and the entire school.  I was amazed at their boldness, the size and breadth of their endeavor.  Never had something like this happened so early in the Kindergarten year.  In hindsight, I am even more amazed at their uncanny, unconscious, or perhaps just serendipitous timing.  If a standard curriculum was imposed here, none of this amazing work would happen, and if I had been imposing a schedule, the children this year would have missed out on this group event entirely.  For me it has been the best lesson in the importance of the teacher following the lead and readiness of the children and given me even greater respect for the wisdom of the group.    

         So, as this school year ends, I leave this group with much love, gratitude, and respect, and I leave all of you with some of their finest work--

    The Haunted City Pet Store Goes Wrong

    By Antioch School Kindergarten 2019-20

    Characters

    Bald Eagle, Rose—Ayla

    Kitten, Zephyr—Layli

    Butterfly—Kyeu

    Bad Guy Ogre—Naomi

    Superhero Cat, Tornado--August

    Peregrine Falcon, Turbo—Cong Cong

    Dog, Tornado—Colt

    Turtle, Slash—Leon

    Unicorn, Uni—Raelin

    Superhero Cina—Antonia

    Princess Eleoda—Ahnika

     

    In a city in a pet store where things always go wrong, there was a ghost tree where a bad guy Ogre lived.

    A cat named Zephyr jumps out and tries to make the Ogre nice, but he wouldn't listen.

    The superhero cat, Tornado, breaks out of his cage. When he tries to shoot his double power saw it bounces back, hits his shield and bounces onto the ground, sawing a tunnel into the ground.

    Most of the animals, except Tornado cat, jump into the hole to hide. One of the animals didn't go into the hole and hided somewhere else. That was Uni. The bald eagle, Rose, stayed out of the hole, too, because she was brave.

    And then the peregrine falcon, Turbo, zoomed out of the hole and zoomed into the sky.

    Tornado dog dug the hole deeper and made a cavern for the animals to live in.

    The turtle, Slash, slippery slipped out.

    The Superhero Cina and Princess Eleoda come and get the ghost tree and the bad guy Ogre to be nice.

    The pet store and the city transform into two houses.

    The End

     

     

     

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Lindie graduated from Wright State University summa cum laude with an honors Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education.  Lindie was named Outstanding Student from the education department for her graduating class.  She taught six to nine year olds for nine years in the Springfield City Schools, where she was named an Outstanding Teacher of the Year and nominated for a county-wide teaching award.  Lindie is currently in her tenth year as Kindergarten teacher at Antioch School.  Lindie's son is an Antioch School graduate.  Lindie states, "I've learned so much in my time here as a parent and as a teacher.  The school has had a profound impact on my life.  It is such joy, as a teacher,  to have the freedom to meet children's needs."
Kindergarten
For 5- and 6-year-olds
Full-day
8:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Half-day
11:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
 

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