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Kindergarten Experience

Children grow and learn in CID kindergarten. We prepare each child for success in a general education environment by providing individualized instruction to develop listening, language and speech while focusing on all areas of academic development based on Missouri Common Core Standards.

As children begin formal education, the CID kindergarten provides a language- and literacy-rich environment fostered by play and social skill development. Teachers keep a busy schedule that includes auditory learning, language, speech, reading, math, science, social studies, music, gym, computers and art. The daily schedule is designed to provide a series of instructional settings for language development. Structured settings focus on intensive instruction of listening, language, speech, reading and writing skills. In science, social studies and math lessons, children practice conversational skills revolving around specific kindergarten concepts. In addition, during a centers-based language period, the students practice using their listening, language and speech skills in a larger group as they engage in play-based activities to explore kindergarten concepts.

Listening, language, speech and reading are the foundation for our students’ later academic success. The CID kindergarten program emphasizes the development of listening, language and speech skills necessary for achieving literacy.

All of the kindergarteners receive instruction from master’s level teachers of the deaf and an early childhood educator in a loving and respectful environment. Teachers are supervised by a department coordinator who is a master teacher with many years of experience teaching children who are deaf and hard or hearing to listen and talk. The teachers work together with expert on-site audiologists, speech-language pathologists and an occupational therapist to ensure an optimal learning situation for each child. A state-of-the-art computer SmartBoard in every kindergarten classroom helps our teachers foster early computer skills and provides unlimited additional interactive learning opportunities for children.

Parents are, of course, our teachers’ most important partners in their children’s education. Parents are invited to observe and participate in the classroom and to communicate often with the teachers and department coordinator.