Kindergarten students engage in activities to develop their use of oral language skills in accordance with beginning the foundations of reading and writing. Activities focus on extending vocabulary skills of familiar words while learning words that are conceptually challenging. Students are exposed to classic and contemporary children’s literature. They focus on listening skills to develop comprehension. Students also differentiate between fiction and nonfiction literature.
Students in Kindergarten begin the process of writing, focusing on the sequence of sounds and letters and connecting these concepts. Students begin reading and writing words. In Kindergarten, students write the letters of the alphabet, and using their knowledge of sounds and letters, begin independent writing.
The goals of mathematics in Kindergarten include developing whole number concepts and using patterns and sorting to explore numbers, data, and shape. These key components are building blocks to mathematical processes such as algebraic thinking, quantitative reasoning, number operation, and mathematical expression. Through manipulative materials, students in Kindergarten develop these processes to solve mathematical problems, as well as infer relationships of mathematics in the everyday world.
The Kindergarten curriculum is designed to assist students in learning the key concepts of faith that reflect children’s growing perceptions of spiritual relationships. These relationships include “Me and God,” “Me, God, and Others,” and “Me, God and my World.” Students worship during weekly Chapel services and also participate in service projects.
Science in Kindergarten introduces the use of simple classroom and field investigations to assist students in asking questions, gathering information, communicating their findings, and making informed decisions. Students focus on components of the natural world. Students develop a sense of seasons and change in the natural world. Students investigate organisms and their parts, and learn how to group living and nonliving organisms based upon their features.
The focus of social studies in Kindergarten is on self, home, family, and the classroom. Students are exposed to our state and national heritage, including patriotic holidays and the contributions of historic figures. Students discuss the
geographic concepts of location and chronology. Meeting basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing is discussed. Authority of home and school, along with customs, symbols, and celebrations are also a focus of social studies in Kindergarten. Through a variety of oral and visual sources, students begin to understand their roles as members of society.
Spanish at the Kindergarten level is focused on developing simple usage of common words, along with a cultural emphasis, primarily in the seasonal celebrations. Students in Kindergarten learn simple greetings, colors, numbers (0-10), days of the week, months, animals, body parts, and terminology associated with seasonal celebrations. Kindergarten students also learn expression of language in the form of questions.
Students acquire the knowledge and skills for movements that provide the foundation for enjoyment, social development, and a physically active lifestyle. The students learn fundamental movement and apply concepts dealing with space and body awareness. Students are engaged in activities that develop basic levels of strength, endurance, and flexibility. In addition, students learn to work safely in group and individual movement settings.
Students rely on their perceptions of the environment, memory, imagination, and life experiences as sources for creating artwork. Students use a variety of mediums to create artwork in which they can express their thoughts and ideas creatively, while challenging their imagination and developing problem solving skills.
Kindergarten students participate in a general music class. Students learn to vocalize appropriately and are introduced to musical concepts including beat, rhythm, pitch, dynamics and tempo. Students sing together as a class and individually with both sacred and secular songs of various genres. Students participate in two musical programs during the course of the school year, a Christmas Musical and a Spring Program. Classes meet twice a week for twenty minutes.
Students demonstrate a knowledge and appropriate use of hardware components, software programs, and their connections. Students use data input skills to complete an assigned task. Students practice identification of letters and numbers on the keyboard.