Welcome to all of our Kindergarten families! Our classroom is a place where your children will learn to develop a deep love for our Lord and the Church while strengthening their social and academic skills. Students will learn to become independent readers and writers by participating in meaningful and engaging learning experiences that help to support them as individual learners. Students will learn to ask questions and become critical thinkers. We will work together to create a positive and respectful classroom environment that is centered around our faith and our knowledge of the Church.
The following is a brief overview of the kindergarten curriculum.
Our students will learn about God’s love for His people and the Church. They will understand that Jesus is a sign of God’s love and learn about His teachings from familiar Bible stories. Students will learn that through prayer we can listen and talk to God. They will learn how to make the sign of the cross and recite daily prayers. Students will participate in the Mass and celebrate rituals that express our Christian beliefs. They will learn how to share God’s love with one another and treat each other respectfully and lovingly.
Kindergarten focuses on the 26 letters of the alphabet. Students will learn to systematically read and write both upper and lower case letters using correct letter formation. They will learn that letters represent sounds and how to blend sounds together to make words. Students will develop both encoding and decoding skills helping them to become independent readers and writers. Students will learn to express their ideas in written form and how to put words together in proper sentence order to create meaning. They will also learn how to utilize basic sentence mechanics when writing. Students will read and write phonetically regular words as well as memory words. They will learn how to interact with texts, identify story elements and different types of literature, as well as how to utilize comprehension strategies to think critically about a text.
Students will learn to count to one hundred by ones and tens and write numbers from zero to twenty using correct number formation. They will learn to understand the relationship between numbers and quantities and learn how to compare numbers. Students will be able to identify and describe formal and informal 2D and 3D shapes. They will learn how to solve addition and subtraction problems using pictures, objects, verbal explanations, expressions and equations. They will learn how to describe and compare measurable attributes of objects and classify and sort them into given categories.
In Kindergarten, students will learn what it means to be a good citizen and the importance of developing these skills and traits. Students will learn to recognize national and state symbols and icons. They will compare and contrast the locations of people, places and environments as well as describe their characteristics. Students will learn about the members of their own community. Students will understand how to read and utilize maps and their symbols. They will learn about important historical American figures and their impact on American history as well as be able to recognize the significance of commemorative holidays.
Our Kindergarten science curriculum focuses on the structure and function of objects, plants and animals. Students will learn to describe objects in their environment by the materials they are made up of and their physical properties. They will develop an understanding of how to observe and describe the appearances and behaviors of plants and animals and how to identify their major structures. They will understand and identify landforms of the earth and how the weather greatly affects the earth and its inhabitants. Students will learn about the earth’s natural resources and the importance of conservation. Students will engage in learning experiences where they act as engineers and design and construct devices that serve a specific purpose using their understanding of structure and function and utilizing their problem solving skills.