NWACA welcomes our kindergarten classes and families to the 20-21 school year! Throughout the year, the students are taught explicit handwriting and phonics as well as Singapore Math, Science, and History. Students will also experience curriculum supporting field trips and participate in a variety of specials classes to expand their knowledge of the arts, engage in physical activity, and basic Spanish!
Orthography and Literacy:
Students will receive a strong foundation in Riggs phonics (Writing and Spelling Road to Reading and Thinking). Students will learn to correctly form all 26 letters, and pronounce all 42 sounds (phonemes) of the English language. Kindergarteners will master 61 of the 71 letter combinations (graphemes) that are commonly needed to represent these sounds on paper. They are taught in isolation (not with pictures or as sight words) as this is "explicit" phonics. Students will then have spelling words in which these phonemes and letter combination are used. Students will learn how to write a complete sentence and will also learn about nouns, verbs, and adjectives.
During the year in kindergarten students will review foundational concepts. This includes number sense (one-to-one correspondence of numbers up to 20, and recognizing all numbers to 100). Students will memorize basic addition facts to the sum of ten and will solving and understanding subtraction problems. They will learn counting by 2,5, and 10's with proficiency and gain a basic understanding of tens and ones place, and words such as fewer/less, more/greater than. They will be able to compare sets, continue shape patterns, and identify 2-D and 3-D shapes. Students will identify and relate coin values and understand basic fraction concepts. Basic length and distance, basic weight/mass, capacity/volume, and time concepts are taught in the kindergarten year.
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Ms. Whelchel teaches Kindergarten. She has been at the Classical Academy since 2014. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Fort Hays State University, and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Harding University. Ms. Whelchel is licensed to teach preschool to 4th grade.
Mrs. White was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri and moved to Arkansas in 2009. Mrs. White earned her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Kendall College located in Chicago, Illinois. Mrs. White graduated Summa Cum Laude and received multiple honors and awards during her collegiate accolades. She is a Licensed Arkansas Educator for Preschool-4th grade, and K-12 Special Education. This is Mrs. Whites 8th year teaching and 1st year teaching at NWACA. She is married with six children and one beloved fur child named Max. When time permits, Mrs. White enjoys crafting using her most prized possession, her Cricut Maker. In addition, she enjoys sewing, singing, traveling, camping, Broadway musicals, and watching Chiefs and Mizzou football games, but most of all, she enjoys making memories with her family.
I have always wanted to be a teacher and count myself extremely blessed that Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy gave me the chance to make that dream a reality. I attended K-12 here in Bentonville and then relocated to Oklahoma City to get my teaching degree at Oklahoma Christian University. I have a teaching license for both Oklahoma and Arkansas. I taught preschool at two different private centers for 2 years before beginning my career as a first grade teacher. This is my 5th year here at NWACA and I couldn't be happier! On a personal note, I have an amazing husband of 4 years and a precious toddler named Addison; they are my world! As far as hobbies go, I love spending time with friends and family, reading, and watching Razorback football.