Our Kindergarten Religious Education program is designed to support parents in educating their children about the Catholic faith. Faith formation is a process that is started at home and reinforced at school. Here, students are taught about their uniqueness as God has given each of us special gifts and talents. Children learn to follow the way of Jesus by being kind to others treating their classmates and adults with respect. As a class, we learn spontaneous prayer as well as formal prayers and pray daily. Your child will learn about the lives of Saints and participate in our school-wide Virtue-Action-Saint program. We focus on the importance of stewardship and encourage students to do good deeds for one another and care for our planet. We encourage our students to help others, take turns, and listen and share ideas and inspirations. Our teachers use a variety of methods and techniques to ensure the Good News is conveyed in ways suited to various learning styles. Prayers learned throughout the year include the Sign of the Cross, the Glory Be, the Hail Mary, and the Angel of God. As a class, we celebrate Mass weekly.
In Kindergarten, we focus on math concepts including sorting and classifying, recognizing and writing numbers 0 to 30, positions and patterns, graphing, geometry and fractions, money, time, calendar, measurement, temperature, addition and subtraction.
Reading foundations are taught with a formal phonics and writing program giving each child a variety of oral language and literature experiences. Our reading program delivers standards-based instruction through thematic units based on five key areas of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. We group our students according to specific skills needed, interests and abilities. While your child’s teacher works with guided reading groups the rest of the class work together in reading and writing table-centers designed to reinforce previously introduced lessons.
Identifying individual sounds of the alphabet and putting letters together to make words helps with reading and sentence writing skills. Listening for and identifying beginning, middle and final consonant sounds are taught. Counting syllables and simple spelling is introduced throughout the year.
Learning centers are designated areas in the classroom where students work with open-ended activities using teacher selected materials. Students choose various hands-on activities and work individually or in small groups. Focus areas in our Learning Centers include literacy, math, science, social studies and higher-level problem solving.
Upper and lower case letters are introduced weekly. Kindergarten students learn to write their first and last name using upper and lower case letters. Proper letter spacing and correct pencil grip is taught. A writing journal is introduced and kept throughout the year.
Science is exciting and provides many opportunities for your child to develop and maintain the central skills needed to form the basis of scientific inquiry. Students engage in simple science experiments throughout the year. Our lessons are divided into three sections: Life Science, Earth and Space Science and Physical Science. We study living and non-living things, as well as plants, and animals, and habitats. In Earth Science our students learn about land, water, earth, sky, weather, the four seasons and the solar system while they study matter, sound, heat, light and movement in our Physical Science section. Conservation, recycling and caring for our planet are concepts and practices strongly integrated in our classroom throughout the year. We encourage natural curiosity and children are taught to respect all life.
In our classroom, students begin to learn concepts about families, homes and communities as needed to build multicultural awareness and sensitivity.
Themes and concepts include:
- solving problems and why we have a need for rules
- neighborhoods and why maps and signs are necessary
- community helpers and their various jobs
- basic human needs such as shelter, food, and clothing
- earning money to care for self and others
Parents are encouraged to join the class and share related experiences with our students.
Once a week students visit our library learning about proper book care and check out procedures. Students learn the difference between picture books and easy reader books, and about authors, illustrators and publishing companies. Kindergarten students are encouraged to read topics of choice and set reading goals to challenge themselves throughout the year.
In weekly art classes, the developmental approach we use teaches students about colors, shapes and various kinds of lines. We focus on fine motor skills such as cutting, tracing, pasting, expressions through drawing and painting, three-dimensional work, and printmaking. Student work is featured in various community exhibits.
Kindergarten students use our state-of-the-art computer lab on a weekly basis. They learn to turn the computer on and off, the parts of the computer, and various mouse skills such as click, press, and drag. Students are introduced to the keyboard and use activities designed to help learning key placement.
Kindergarten students attend weekly music classes focused on various elements of music such as tempo, dynamics, and pitch, and learn to read simple rhythmic notation. Students learn music concepts and aesthetics through creative movement, listening activities, singing, playing simple instruments and performing rhythm activities. In music, your child will begin proper singing techniques. Our students learn about music from a variety of cultures. All children perform in our annual Christmas Program and Spring Concert.
Physical fitness and motors kills are improved through activities and playing games. Cooperation and sportsmanship are encouraged as we learn to work cooperatively as a team. In P.E., students learn about demonstrating sportsmanship, fair play, respect for self and others, and how to identify and understand directions. Our program reinforces the importance and fun of regular physical activity for students both at school and with family.