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.
This is Mrs. White’s 2nd year with NWACA, and her 9th year teaching. Previously, she has taught at Siloam Springs, Springdale, and Gravette School Districts. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Special Education, from Kendall College in Chicago, Illinois. Mrs. White graduated with the highest of honors, Summa Cum Laude, and received multiple awards and honors during her collegiate accolades. Mrs. White is a Licensed Arkansas Educator in the areas of Preschool-4th grade and Special Education K-12th. Mrs. White and her husband, Thad, enjoy spending time with family, camping, bird watching, trail riding and home improvement projects. Together they have one fur baby named Max, five sons, and one daughter, Jewell, who will graduate from Bentonville West High School this May. Outside of school, Mrs. White enjoys sewing, designing, crafting, traveling, Broadway musicals, football, and raising chickens, but most of all, she loves creating memories with her family.
Mrs. Wood teaches Kindergarten at Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy. This is Mrs. Wood's 6th year with NWACA and her 8th year teaching. Previously, she taught preschool at Bentonville Christian Academy and Post Tot Learning Academy. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education/ Early Childhood degree from Oklahoma Christian University in 2012. Mrs. Wood and her husband, Scott, have been married for 5 years. Together they have two precious daughters, Addison Belle Wood (2.5) and Sarah Bethany Wood (7 months.) The summers are busy with birthday celebrations since both girls were born in June. Outside of teaching, Mrs. Wood enjoys reading, watching movies, T.V, and Razorback Football, and playing board games with her family.