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Lakeview Elementary - Academic Programs - Kindergarten

Kindergarten Teachers

  • Samantha Brimeyer
  • Melody Morris
  • Aly O'Brian
  • Stephanie Schulte
  • Laurie Stinocher (Begindergarten)
  • Logan Suminski


Do you feel your child is too young for a structured Kindergarten curriculum, but don't want to enroll him/her in another year of Preschool? Check out the information below about Begindergarten. This is our school's alternate kindergarten program.

Kindergarten Philosophy Statement

Kindergarten is designed to address all areas of development (social, emotional, physical, and intellectual) and to meet needs of a diverse group of learners. Children are active learners: touching, trying, moving, talking, writing, drawing, questioning. Throughout the kindergarten day, children have opportunities to explore, investigate, and predict through thematic units.

Kindergarten provides children with a variety of opportunities to try out new ideas and be challenged with new experiences that engage budding readers, writers, scientists, mathematicians and artists. Teachers help children to be empowered, to feel valued, to be listened to, to be competent and successful in school.

All of our curricular areas described below are integrated within the Kindergarten Thematic Units.


The literacy curriculum provides students with opportunities to develop and enhance skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking through a balanced literacy approach:

Units of Study in Writing (Teacher College)

Balanced Literacy (Fountas & Pinnell)

  • Interactive Read-Aloud
  • Shared Reading
  • Writing About Reading
  • Phonics & Word Study
  • Guided Reading


The kindergarten math program is based on the Investigations curriculum. Students are actively engaged in mathematical reasoning, developing problem-solving strategies, and representing their thinking using models, diagrams, and graphs.

The following are units of study for kindergarten:

  • Counting and the Number System
  • Exploring Patterns
  • Developing Number Sense
  • Measurement
  • Exploring Geometry
  • Beginning Addition and Subtraction
  • Exploring Data


Students observe, compare, and describe natural and synthetic materials such as wood, paper, and fabric and find out what happens when these materials interact with other materials. Students also discover applications for materials in the real world. Using hands-on activities, we study fabric in the fall and wood/paper in the spring.


Our MacMillan/McGraw Hill text is a planned, sequential K-12 curriculum designed to help students develop knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to maintain and improve health, prevent disease, and avoid or modify health risk behaviors.

Social Studies

Through Social Studies Alive! lessons and classroom experiences, the kindergarten social studies curriculum focuses on helping children learn about themselves and others. Many of the topics studied and explored in social studies are incorporated into every interaction we have, whether social or academic, throughout the day.

Lakeview Elementary School
111 North Chabal Street , Solon, IA 52333

319-624-3401 • 319-624-4176 (fax)

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