Instructional Day: The instructional day shall include large and
small group activities, learning center activities, and individual
instructional activities. Subjects for kindergarten shall be integrated through
a unit/thematic format. The curriculum shall include integrated language arts
(reading, listening, thinking, speaking, writing, and viewing), music, art,
math, social studies, science, dramatic play, and physical
Standards: Teachers shall use, at minimum, the state-adopted
kindergarten standards to guide instruction. Evidence-based resources for
curriculum planning may be added as desired by each school district.
delivery shall be organized primarily using learning centers. A minimum of 3
containing books, manipulatives, and creative art materials shall be organized,
arranged, and labeled so that they are accessible to children. All centers
should include non-fiction and fiction books, writing materials, and creative
arts materials that are appropriate to children's developmental states.
Learning centers shall be in simultaneous use during each designated learning
center time, with children rotating through learning centers as the primary
method of learning. The centers should integrate thematic unit concepts with
the content of the competency areas as indicated below.
The following are examples:
* Reading Center
* Creative Arts Center
* Science Center
* Math Center
* Language Arts Center
* Cooking Center
* Blocks, Wheel Toys, and Construction Center
* Sand and/or Water Center
* Woodworking Center
* Music Center
* Library Cente
* Listening Center
* Dramatic Play
* Creative Writing Center
* Social Studies Center
* Technology Center
* Motor Development Center
Space Limitations: If space
is very limited, some centers may be combined.
Time Constraints: Every child
enrolled in a kindergarten program should be engaged in learning center
activities for the purpose of learning and mastery of performance standards for
a minimum of 120 minutes per day.
Technology Use: Students
should have access to technology in the classroom on a regular basis.
Required Cost for New Classrooms: The initial expenditure for any
new classroom for equipment, instructional materials and consumable supplies
shall be adequate to equip a classroom of 20 children or the number being
served if more than 20 - a minimum of $4,000 per classroom.
Required Cost for Existing
Instructional and Consumable Materials: The district shall spend a
minimum of $1,000 per classroom per year on instructional materials and
consumable supplies. This money is in addition to the Educational Enhancement
Fund monies allocated to each teacher. Educational materials shall reflect the
instructional needs and implementation of learning activities described for
kindergarten. It is recommended that teachers be able to indicate the needs for
classroom educational materials. Students should have access to technology in
the classroom on a regular basis.
Recommended Cost for New
Classrooms: It is recommended that the initial expenditure for any new
classroom for equipment, furniture, instructional materials, and consumable
supplies should be a minimum of $10,000 per classroom. Students should have
access to technology in the classroom on a regular basis.
Assessments: Schools must conduct vision and hearing screenings for all
kindergarten students within the first 30 days of enrollment. By fall of 2018,
a comprehensive health screening, approved by the Mississippi Department of
Education, and referrals are required for all kindergarten students.
Standardized Testing: All
kindergarten students are required to participate in the state-approved
kindergarten readiness assessment. Paper and pencil standardized tests,
completed by students, are not developmentally appropriate and shall not be
used in entirety. However, standardized test sections that assess
developmentally appropriate writing skills (e.g., sentence structure, writing
form) are permissible and may be used.
Needs Assessments: A
continuous evaluation through use of a variety of techniques, procedures, and
tools shall be used to determine individual students' social, emotional, and
academic enrichment needs. The evaluation shall be based on the learning
outcomes in the required curriculum standards.
Documentation: It is
recommended that assessment of kindergarten skills be documented through use of
a variety of techniques and procedures to include: checklists, performance
scales, portfolios of children's work, anecdotal records, observational
reports, video and audio tape recordings, experience charts, photographs, and