Kindergarten

Kindergarten Picture

 

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

  • Of Mountains and Mole Hills
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    Early in our first week back from winter break, a Kindergartner came to me with wide eyed excitement. "Lindie, come and see." At the time I was in the middle of unsticking and helping to zip a zipper. "Can you tell me?" I asked. "You have to see!" came the reply. "Is it alive?" I queried, as I finished the task at hand, and we headed toward the entrance to the tunnel that runs through our playground hill. "It's not now," the Kindergarten stated gravely. Two friends were waiting at the end of the tunnel, carefully examining something on the ground. As I came closer, I could see it was furry and immobile. It was a gray mole, now frozen on the mulch. "It's a mouse," one Kindergartner announced. "Let's look at it closely," I suggested. One child went to get some sand scoops to aid in handling the creature. When we turned it over onto its back, there were its two large front paws, much like the sand scoops and many times bigger than its tiny back feet. Its nose was pointed. I showed the children how large a mouse would be compared to this creature, and we talked about why its front feet were so large. Having had it identified as a mole, the children spent some time guessing why it had died. Many children thought it had frozen to death, and it was frozen. I shared that moles don't naturally spend time above ground. Some children supposed a predator had gotten the mole, but then been frightened away. One Kindergartner wanted the mole to have a proper burial, but with the ground frozen, we gave it a forest burial instead. The children decided to put the mole at the woods at the edge of the YG and OG outdoor classroom. The child who felt most strongly about burying the mole, carefully piled leaves over its body. "An animal might eat it," one child suggested. Yes, we all agreed that might happen. It's part of a forest burial. A few minutes later, the children announced they had found the mole's hole on top of tunnel hill. As we looked at the hole, which was not very large or deep and had none of the tell tale dirt a mole hole would have piled around it, I spotted the beginning of a mole highway of tunnels, starting just beyond the tunnel. I showed the children, and a few of them followed the tunnels to the edge of the boundaries of the playground. It was a brief interlude in our day, but one that really drew in this group, and showed me once again how being outdoors in nature is the best way for young scientists to learn.
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Lindie Keaton - Kindergarten

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.
 

Upcoming Kindergarten Events

Mon Jan 27 @ 8:30AM - 11:30AM
Forest Kindergarten

Thu Jan 30 @12:15PM - 03:00PM
Swim & Gym

Fri Jan 31 @12:00AM
Conference Day - School Closed

Mon Feb 03 @ 8:30AM - 11:30AM
Forest Kindergarten

Thu Feb 06 @12:15PM - 03:00PM
Swim & Gym

Fri Feb 07 @10:00AM - 11:30AM
American Sign Language Lessons

Mon Feb 10 @12:00AM
Bookmobile

Mon Feb 10 @ 8:30AM - 11:30AM
Forest Kindergarten

Mon Feb 17 @12:00AM
Presidents Day - School Closed

Tue Feb 18 @12:00AM
Mid-Winter Break - School Closed

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