Kindergarten

Kindergarten

Welcome!

Kindergarten is a time when your child’s world is growing broader both academically and socially each day. It is a time of maturing and becoming more independent, and we are here to help your child along the way by offering encouragement and a positive Christian foundation. Your child will be developing and mastering new skills in kindergarten. Students are introduced to these skills using various learning styles. We understand that students learn and progress differently. Learning in kindergarten is interesting, with fun activities from hatching real baby chicks to making paper mache penguin eggs. In addition, to the core curriculum, students attend chapel, art, music, science, Spanish, and P.E. classes. Kindergarteners have rest time each day until the last few months of the year. Some children may sleep while others may just rest their bodies and brains to recharge for the remainder of the day. This quiet time is also a good time for kindergarteners to look at books, listen to music and/or spend some individual time with the teacher or assistant.

Curriculum Highlights:

Language Arts
-Uses Reading Street curriculum
-Utilizes phonics and phonemic awareness as a beginning step to reading and writing
-Introduced to a variety of literature to develop skills such as main idea, cause and effect, and drawing conclusions
-Uses Explode the Code curriculum series for foundational concepts in reading initial, middle, and ending sounds of words to build fluency and secure reading comprehension
-Explores strategies for becoming good writers
-Practices correct letter formation

Math
-Uses Everyday Math curriculum which revists concepts regularly
-Practices problem solving in multiple ways (pictures, numbers, and words) to create flexibility in thinking
-Frequent practice of basic skills (number identification, rote counting, comparing objects, patterns, estimation) through use of mathmatical games
-Focus is on understanding concepts behind basic facts

Science
-Opportunities to learn through exploration
-Exploration of unit studies on backyard animals and forests, desert life, Antartic and Artic life, the human body, space and gravity, farm life, and African Savannah
-Begins to understand the components of the scientific method by participating in a variety of hands- on experiments
-Learns foundational concepts in earth science, physical science, and life science

Social Studies
-Explores historical importance of major U.S. holidays and traditions
-Begins to explore geographical concepts of address, city, state, and nation
-Learns about community helpers through active engagement in service.

Beyond the Classroom

Field trips are not only lots of fun but they can also be very valuable learning experiences for young children. They can help build background knowledge and vocabulary that are important for success in school and life. Kindergarteners go on three to four field trips each school year.