The goal in Kindergarten is for the children to grow emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, physically, and socially. We want to foster a love of learning in a classroom where each student feels listened to, cared for, and safe. We strive for all children to grow in self-esteem and confidence, creating positive self-images in an environment that encourages them to care for themselves and those around them.
There are two Kindergarten homeroom classes, each with a maximum of 22 students. In addition to a homeroom teacher, each of the homeroom classes has a dedicated, full time instructional aide. Therefore, our student to teacher ratio never exceeds 11:1.
Focus: Students develop fine motor skills as they learn proper letter and number formation. They are taught sentence mechanics and are encouraged to put sounds together to create words. Writing Units include: “How To” books, persuasive writing, fairy tales, writing true stories, opinion writing, books with a pattern, and non-fiction books.
Textbook: Lucy Calkins based Writing Workshop and Zaner Boser Handwriting
Focus: Students develop an “ear” for sounds in words and rhymes. They are encouraged to use phonetic spelling and readily learn to differentiate specific sounds in initial, medial, and final positions. Students draw or use letters and phonetically spelled words to write about experiences, stories, people, places, events, etc.
Focus: Citizenship, Then and Now, Holidays Around the World, Our World, Our Community, America and Native Americans. We introduce students to our role in the community, different types of jobs and careers, and the importance of earning and saving money.
Textbook: Little Social Studies Thinkers Curriculum
Focus: Introduce children to their faith mainly through fundamental sensory experiences; learn about God in relation to themselves and others. Learn about the gifts God gives to us by experiencing the familiar elements in the children’s lives in a prayerful way.
Textbook: Call to Faith and Benzinger Family Life, and Talking about Touching
The Kindergarten supports school wide service projects including shoe donations to Treehouse, Food Bank collections, Rice Bowls during Lent, and Free Dress Day Fundraisers.
Art 2 times/week - in the Art Room with the Art Teacher
Music 2 times/week - in the Music Room with the Music Teacher
PE 2 times/week - in the Gym with the PE Teacher
Library 1 time/week - in the Library with the School Librarian
Spanish 1 time/week - in the homerooms with the Primary Grades Spanish Teacher
Technology - introduced in third trimester
Guidance Lesson - 2 times/month in the homerooms with the School Counselor