Curriculum Overview - Kindergarten
In Religion, we celebrate God's love for us and our community. We join our 8th grade prayer partners in church every Friday, and once a month, we pray the Rosary with the entire school. We learn prayers, appropriate behavior when we attend mass, and a love for our neighbors. Each child is a member of our Catholic community and is treated with respect, acceptance, love, and understanding.
Our Kindergarten year is one that provides students with phonics skills to begin to decode words and build fluency, while exposing them to meaningful literature appropriate for each child's reading level. Students learn best when they are actively engaged in the learning process. Throughout the year the students develop a readiness for reading, writing, listening, and social skills.
Kindergarten uses our school’s reading series - Journeys: Catholic Identity - to strengthen their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency skills. Students use a weekly reader to help them with their high-frequency words and to increase reading levels. High-frequency words are sent home weekly and we encourage the students to study them daily. We also introduce nouns, proper nouns, verbs, and adjectives. This allows the students to learn the basics of sentence structure as emergent readers and writers. Spelling is introduced in the second semester.
In Math, students learn and demonstrate their knowledge of basic math concepts including number recognition, numeral formation, one-to-one correspondence, ordinal numbers, basic addition and subtraction facts, time, money, and problem-solving skills. We also introduce fractions and graphing.
Kindergarten Science and Social Studies consist of projects and experiments. Our “Scientist of the Week” lessons promote student-led learning. Students choose a science related topic and create a presentation to share with the class. Kindergarteners learn about the world around them through everyday interactions and lessons.