Kindergarten is a year filled with experiences that promote a student’s interaction with their learning environment. These experiences lay the foundation for future academic success not only this year, but every school year that follows. Kindergarten stretches the mind of the child. This is a year of wanting to know; it is a time to discover that learning is exciting, stimulating, and fulfilling. Students are provided age appropriate Art, Library, Music, P.E., Spanish, and Technology instruction. Curriculum appropriate field trips are scheduled throughout the year.
Kindergarten teaches reading and phonics. Students are taught letter/sound recognition, phonetic word blending skills, and short and long vowel sounds. Sight words are introduced each week through stories, songs, and poems.
Kindergarten uses an interactive and visual learning program to enhance the math curriculum. This program provides opportunities for learning new math skills and the reinforcement of learned skills. Math concepts are developed and taught through interactive and visual learning. Math manipulative, shape block, base-10 rods, counters, and play money, along with stories, games, and songs, support the math concepts being taught.
Kindergarten utilizes a faith-development program approved by the U.S. Bishops’ Committee. Activities focus on faith-development through the use of language, listening skills, visual, and motor skills to learn Scripture, Bible stories, and prayers. Kindergarten students are taught the Our Father, Hail Mary, the Glory Be, and mealtime prayers. Students attend weekly Mass and prayer services as a school community.
Kindergarten students refine their social skills. Students are encouraged to work and play cooperatively, share, take turns, and actively listen. Activities are designed to assist students to mature socially and emotionally throughout the school year. Kindergarten students learn to use self-control, understand and respect rules, and discover enjoyment in helping and sharing with others, which results in increased confidence and self-esteem.
Kindergarten students are introduced to the Scientific Method, the steps scientist follow to investigate and answer questions about the world. Students learn how to ask a question, make a hypothesis, plan and carry out an experiment, observe and record data, draw conclusions, and share results with others by conduction age appropriate experiments in physical, life and earth science.
Kindergarten students are taught basic handwriting skills. Students are provided a variety of methods on how to hold their pencil correctly, construct letters and numbers correctly, as well as how to utilize spaces when writing sentences. Basic rules of grammar are taught to assist with beginning writing skills.