The foundation for success in the primary grades begins in Kindergarten with children actively participating in a wide variety of organized activities and purposeful play experiences.

Learning environments are created based on contemporary education research and provide developmentally appropriate programming for Pre-Kindergarten, Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten children.

CIS Olympia City preschool

Kindergarten children are active learners who learn to become more independent, make decisions for themselves and begin to ask questions to make sense of the world around them. They need varied opportunities to explore their world, take risks and gain first hand experiences. Teachers guide children in their learning through the inquiry process. Children are given many opportunities to interact with their peers in fun and creative ways in order to be actively engaged in acquiring language, numeracy and social skills.

Children learn rhymes, songs and poems, look at picture books, photographs and videos, listen to stories and fairy tales as well as draw, record and share ideas and experiences. They learn through drama and hands-on activities as well as through a variety of electronic media such as computers, ipads and projection screens.

CIS offers both half-day and full-day Junior Kindergarten program, while Senior Kindergarten classes are full-day. All Kindergarten students have daily language options and participate in physical activities. Each classroom has a certified teacher and a teacher assistant.

Children become competent language users by listening and speaking, reading and writing, viewing and representing throughout the Kindergarten years.