January 1, 1970
The basis for the language arts program is letter and sound recognition. Weekly units and Literacy Centers incorporate various subjects to correlate with the current lessons and academic standards being taught. Also, a wide range of types of literature are used to enhance lessons and themes. Journaling and weekly sight words are used to encourage pre-writing skills.
An introduction to books is an important part of the Kindergarten curriculum. Students learn basic literary terms, including: author, illustrator, cover, spine, and pages. A wide variety of stories and poems are read with the children.
Students learn math best by doing math themselves. A hands-on approach using manipulatives fosters the student’s understanding of patterning, classification, comparison, measurement, numbers, numerical correlation, and counting by intervals. They are also introduced to time, money, fractions, addition, and subtraction. Students utilize the skills they have learned based on academic standards during daily small group Math Workstations.
In the classroom, science themes are woven into the language arts and religion lessons. These academic standards include: Animals; Plants; Earth’s Land, Air, and Water; Weather and Seasons; and Objects Around Us. Other science activities include raising butterflies in the classroom and science kits from the zoo.
Students begin to learn about the world beyond their own classrooms and communities. Culture, heritage, and democratic principles are explored, building upon the foundation of classroom experience. Children deepen their learning about themselves and begin to form an understanding of roles, responsibility for actions and decision making in the context of the group setting.
The Kindergarten religion curriculum is designed to open the children up to God’s love through discovery of the many good things that God has placed in their world. Using the children’s natural characteristics and human experiences, they are led to an awareness of God’s goodness in creation, in the wonder of their own unique selves, and in the love of the people around them.
Field trips are taken throughout the year. Each trip is directly related to the themes and lessons taught in the classroom. Students work together to prepare two special programs during the school year to which parents and guardians are invited. At Christmas, a play about the First Christmas is presented for parents, grandparents, and siblings. In May, a program for moms is given to show our appreciation for all that they do for the children.
The students are taught how to use the mouse and keyboard to navigate the computer through lessons incorporating Reading and Math skills that are taught in the classroom.
Students learn rhythm through movement. The goal is to discover the underlying beat within a piece of music. They also learn about volume.
The content of their work is designed with introducing the basic elements used in art which the children will apply to every art project in their art education as they move through each grade.
In physical education, students work on developing physical fitness and motor skills that require large muscle control during activities.