Office of Elementary Education
Dr. W. Michael Martin, Director
Teri L. Finn, Supervisor
Elaine M. Layman, Supervisor
Office: (571) 252-1290
Kindergarten Program Overview
Welcome to Loudoun County Public Schools! Your child is about to begin a new adventure. Beginning kindergarten is an exciting time for your family, and we look forward to our part in the adventure. The kindergarten program provides a period of transition for the five-year-old child between informal learning in the home or preschool and the more formal learning offered by the elementary schools. A primary focus is providing instruction to each student at his/her stage of development. This is accomplished by integrating the skills and understanding of all subject areas and by providing for differentiated instruction, based on the needs of the students. Many manipulative and hands-on experiences are included in the program to ensure that it is developmentally consistent with the way in which five-year-olds learn best. The kindergarten teacher works with each child based on his or her needs. Working together, we will continue to nurture your child’s curiosity and natural wonder for the world and all of its opportunities. You may anticipate a year of great wonder, enthusiasm, and engagement as your child meets new friends and enjoys a wide variety of learning experiences.
- Kindergarten Enrollment
- First Grade Placement
- Registration Checklist for Parents
- Attendance Boundary E-Listing
- Paper Registration Forms
- Online Pre-registration
Frequently Asked Questions
Literacy Screening (PALS)
Reading & Writing (Pathways)Loudoun’s Pathways to Reading and Writing, an explicit staff-development model, provides kindergarten through third grade teachers and instructional specialists with a consistent, research and strategies-based framework of reading and writing instruction. The program incorporates the skills of spelling, writing, reading comprehension, phonics, and vocabulary. The Pathways multi-approach literacy framework helps teachers provide their students with specific skills to become better readers and writers.How is this literacy program conducted in the classroom? The students participate in large group, small group, and independent activities during reading and writing time. The students work on skills such as:
Who Provides Interventions to Struggling Readers and Writers?The classroom teacher, Reading Specialist, Title I teacher, English Language teacher or Special Education teacher provide support to as many classrooms as possible by working with small groups of students who need additional instruction in literacy.
- Letters and Sounds: Letters have distinctive features and may be identified by names or sounds.
- Word Study: The phonetic and structural features of words.
- Comprehension: The process of constructing meaning while reading.
- Phonics: Letter and sound relationships and how they are used in reading and writing.
- Independent Reading: Students read texts independently with teacher support as needed.
- Shared Reading: Teacher and students read text together concentrating on targeted skills.
- Guided Reading and Strategy Lessons: Teacher guides the reading of small, differentiated student groups with appropriate leveled texts.
- Read Aloud: Teacher reads text aloud to students in order to model and focus on skills.
- Writers Workshop: Students are engaged in the writing process and produce pieces of writing in many genres.