Kindergarten Language Arts Essential Skills

  1. Listen — Follow directions; listen to stories; and discriminate sounds
  2. Speak — Express thoughts and feelings in complete sentences; ask and respond to questions; and use language appropriately in social situations
  3. Read — Develop  concepts about print, book knowledge, sight-word vocabulary, and an introduction to reading strategies and how to use them
  4. Write — Record ideas using pictures, random letters, and approximated or invented spelling.; understand the concept that spoken words can be written and that written words carry a message

Kindergarten Math Essential Skills

These skills are developed through hands-on activities using a variety of manipulative materials:
  1. Data collection and organization — Sort, classify, pattern, and graph
  2. Computation — Measure, estimate, add, and subtract
  3. Problem solve — Use geometry to construct objects; work with fractions (whole and half); and develop concepts about time and money

Kindergarten Science/Social Studies Essential Skills

Through integrated units, students are encouraged to:
  1. Make observations and discoveries through manipulating objects
  2. Make predictions
  3. Classify items
  4. Draw conclusions
  5. Record discoveries and findings

Meet Cheryl Benzinger

Cheryl came to Park in 1996. Her first position at Park was teaching English in the Middle School (1996-2000). In September 2000, she followed her heart back to the Lower School and began teaching kindergarten, where she has happily been for ever since. 

Cheryl holds a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University at Buffalo and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a concentration in English from Canisius College.

Cheryl believes every kindergartener should begin his or her academic career in an atmosphere that will both challenge and support them throughout their learning experiences, and that all young children deserve the opportunity to learn in a safe and nurturing environment where they feel comfortable taking risks.

Park's kindergarten centers on creating learning experiences that young children will enjoy and will set them on the path toward becoming inquisitive, life-long learners. Cheryl is currently incorporating Responsive Classroom methods into her daily kindergarten classroom routines. She has also incorporated iPads into daily studies and activities.

When she is not wearing her teacher hat, Cheryl enjoys her role as a Park School parent. She also enjoys running and is a co-coach for Park’s Cross Country team.

Meet Andrea Martzolf

A life-long resident of Western New York, Andrea has been teaching kindergarten at Park since 2004. Prior to coming to Park, Andrea taught preschool for 10 years. She is also the director of Park’s extended care program. She holds an AS in Early Childhood Education from Villa Maria College.
Andrea believes one of the best things about Park is its family atmosphere that permeates not only the kindergarten classroom but the School as a whole. The kindergarten class learns Park’s core values – respect, responsibility, honesty, and kindness – early and Andrea enjoys seeing special emphasis placed on the latter, giving the children a sense of belonging, significance, and fun every day. 
Parent of Park upper schooler, Andrea enjoys cooking, reading, and yoga in her spare time.
Founded in 1912, The Park School of Buffalo has the distinction of being one of the oldest Progressive schools in the country. Park is an independent, co-educational school serving approximately 300 students enrolled in prekindergarten (3 and 4 year olds), lower school (kindergarten through grade 4), middle school (grades 5 through 8), and upper school (grades 9 through 12). Park is uniquely situated on 34 beautiful acres in Amherst, New York. The School’s campus – formerly a farm – includes a pond, marsh, gardens, and a greenhouse while being located just minutes from downtown Buffalo and easily accessible from many communities throughout Western New York. Park’s educational philosophy embraces active, student-centered learning, delivered by exceptional teachers who design and continuously update a robust curriculum. Faculty members approach each student as an individual within the context of a kind and respectful community. From the preschool years through college preparation, The Park School of Buffalo helps learners realize their own unique potentials and prepares them to be confident, successful, life-long learners.

The Park School Of Buffalo

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Snyder, NY 14226
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