Kindergarten

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Lindie Keaton warmly guides her class of five and six-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 them 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 age groups, the Kindergarten participates in Art & Science classes, spends time hiking in Glen Helen, learning in their forest classroom, creates stories and plays, and is guided in other explorations of the class's choosing. Kindergartners also go swimming bi-weekly at the Antioch College Wellness Center pool.

 

Kindergarten Newsletter

  • Coming together for Gaga Ball
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         Early last week the Kindergartners noticed some of their Older Group partners playing a game in the gaga ball pit.  The pit has been in disuse over the past few years, so this is the first time they had seen anyone play gaga ball.  An interested group of Kindergartners gathered around the outside of the pit to watch.  In a short time, some of them asked if they could play and were welcomed into the game.  Quickly the Older Groupers decided that some of the rules should be altered to accommodate their Kindergarten friends.  For example, Kindergartners didn't have to sit out until they were hit with the ball three times instead of just once. 

         When the OG went inside, the Kindergartners continued the game pretty much without a hitch.  This is quite an accomplishment for children this age, as you might know, if you've ever played a game with a six year old.  Such games generally involve an every shifting set of rules that always result in the six year old winning.  Yet here they were taking turns, sitting out, and waiting for the next round to join again.  

         The bigger challenge came when the Kindergartners decided to join the Younger Group in a game of gaga ball a few days later.  The Younger Groupers, being closer in age, expected the Kindergartners to compete as equals and follow the same rules.  This took a bit of adjustment for some Kindergartners, but they did it.  

         Now gaga ball has replaced freeze tag as the Kindergartners favorite game.  The call of "Gaga ball!" results in most, if not all, Kindergartners running to the pit to join.  Some Nursery children have even begun to join in as well.  And a big cheer from Kindergartners always goes up when the OG arrives--their friends who introduced the game in such a supportive way.

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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 began teaching Kindergarten at the Antioch School in 2006.  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

Thu Dec 15 @12:00AM
Swim & Gym Thursday

Mon Dec 19 @12:00AM
Winter Holiday

Tue Jan 03 @12:00AM
School Resumes

Thu Jan 05 @12:00AM
Swim & Gym Thursday

Mon Jan 16 @12:00AM
Martin Luther King Day - School Closed

Thu Jan 19 @12:00AM
Swim & Gym Thursday

Fri Jan 20 @12:00AM
Conference Day - School Closed

Sun Jan 22 @ 1:00PM - 03:00PM
Open House for Prospective Families

Fri Jan 27 @12:00AM
Conference Day - School Closed

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