Carny's Corner

Mrs. Carny Harkins has been teaching for 26 years and has a Lifetime Achievement Certificate from the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS). Carny has spent the last 17 years teaching kindergarten here at Trinity.  

Trinity's kindergarten is both a culmination of the previous years of preschool and the beginning of a new way to play and learn. Kindergarten is the perfect time to put into action the child's newfound confidence which has been developed through the previous years of successful manipulation of their social interactions, as well as their evolving use of tools and manipulatives. The Lippincott Letterbooks used by Trinity integrate reading, writing, spelling and grammar. They help to teach children to follow directions through listening activities which enhances their attention span. Workbooks typically follow the "letter of the week" and are more project based than play based. 

We strive to develop the "whole child" - spiritually, emotionally, physically, socially, and academically. To guide each child toward self-discipline and independence and help them establish a strong set of moral and Christian values.

Introduction to our Kindergarten

Kindergarten Daily Schedule

8:45 - 9:00 Greeting and Free Play
9:00 - 9:15 Circle Time - calendar, songs, pledge, weather, opening prayer
9:15 - 10:15 Reading Readiness, Math, Handwriting, Art
10:15 - 10:30 Snack
10:30 - 11:00 Continuation of classwork
11:00 - 11:40 Recess
11:45 Dismissal/Lunch Bunch
* Music twice weekly

What our day consists of:

  • Discrimination of accumulated letters/sounds
  • Blending 3-5 letter words and short phonetic sentences
  • Reading short phonetic stories
  • Short/long vowel sounds
  • Writing short phonetic stories
  • Advanced recall of details
  • Refining handwriting skills
  • Advanced cutting coloring and tracing skills
  • Increased independent work recall of events through coordinating literature activities
  • Continue to learn through active play
  • For math we include the study of position, classification, comparison, patterns, number recognition, addition, subtraction, place value as well as time and money. Manipulatives are used a lot in teaching mathematics.
  • We strive to integrate a knowledge of numbers, addition & subtraction, as well as writing numbers clearly.
  • Working in the workbooks requires seat work necessary for moving into larger classroom setting. 

Confidence

How we do it:

 Because not each child develops in the same way, Trinity's small classroom allows the teacher to customize her curriculum based on the needs of the individual student. This provides the student with the opportunity to rise above just the skills required for entering first grade while also providing a student who may be struggling, with more one on one time.

What we do:

The children in kindergarten develop strong phonemic skills, rhyming skills and vowel discrimination abilities. They will work their way through the Lippincott Letterbook Series and complete all 24 books. The students work in small group settings as well as individually to accomplish their specific reading goals. They will develop a lengthy attention span, learn to work independently, and are able to assist their peers in need of help.