Our full day Kindergarten classroom provides a stimulating educational environment while nurturing each child's self-identify and self-discovery. It is our hope that each child will begin to recognize Kindergarten as a secure, happy place where he or she has a chance to experience independence, to develop social relationships with peers, to express ideas verbally (as well as non-verbally), to explore, to experiment, and to discover new things.
The Kindergarten Religion Program is based on developing positive self-concepts through prayer, songs, stories, role playing, and art. Kinders learn about their own God-given gifts, their families, friends, church, and school. They learn about a loving and caring God and develop Christian attitudes of sharing, being kind to and respectful of others, loving, helping, thanking, and celebrating. We go to Mass with the whole school and have special sixth grade buddies to sit with us.
In Kinder math we learn by doing! Students will explore math concepts discovered through the experiential Math Workshop. We will relate concepts to a child’s experience through a variety of manipulatives which can include unifix cubes, pattern blocks, shells, graphs, and charts. The concepts that we will cover this year include:
Kindergarten uses "Treasures", a McGraw Hill Reading Series. We will apply the strategies we are learning during Reader’s Workshop where students will either be working in small groups, pairs, or individually.
We use the Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Program in which we introduce the correct formation of upper and lower case letters and help to strengthen their handwriting skills. The children also have fun writing during Writer’s Workshop and learn the basis for the writing process.
Social Studies and Science
Various social studies topics are studied throughout the school year. Concepts will include:
In science we stretch our inquisitive minds to explore concepts such as: