Our fabulous kindergarten team, comprised of one lead teacher, one full-time instructional aide, and one part-time instructional aide create a nurturing and stimulating learning environment with a focus on small-group learning and thematic teaching.
In kindergarten, the Scott Foresman Reading Program is used to teach all components of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The foundations of literacy are taught using a multi-sensory approach. Phonemic awareness, print concepts, decoding and word recognition, vocabulary and concept development, reading comprehension, letter printing, and sentence structure are the core areas of the reading readiness curriculum. The program is tailored to fit the individual needs and reading levels of all students.
Using the Houghton Mifflin Go Math curriculum, kindergarten students will learn numbers to 100, beginning addition and subtraction, shapes, measuring, sorting/classifying, money and time. Regular opportunities for hands-on learning, using manipulative math tools, and solving real world problems make the curriculum come alive for our youngest students.
Kindergarten students use the Faith First Kindergarten religion text, which includes age-appropriate concepts about the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The program is designed to meet the unique learning and faith development needs of kindergarten children. The children attend monthly school Masses and pray daily with their class.
Our lower grades science specialist teaches thematic small-group lessons to the kindergarten class. She uses hands-on activities supported by many visual aids, including books, posters, models, and demonstrations.
Using the Scholastic Newspaper series, the kindergarten students learn the social skills necessary for cooperation in both the school and global community.
Taught by the lower grades Spanish teacher, students in kindergarten enjoy two classes per week, where they learn basic words, numbers, songs, and games.
The children attend a weekly art class taught by our lower grades art instructor where they explore through a variety of media.
The kindergarten students attend music class twice weekly. They learn music by creating, performing, and responding. The goal of the kindergarten music curriculum is to foster a love of music and build the self-confidence that comes from the development of skills and performance.
Technology is integrated to various degrees in all subjects in kindergarten. iPads are the primary technology tool that the class uses.
Twice weekly, the kindergarten class attends P.E. with our Physical Education teacher. The curriculum explores all body awareness activities involved in developing large muscle development and self-confidence.
Students in kindergarten visit the library weekly where they learn how to use the library, check out books at their accelerated reading level, and to cultivate a lifelong love of reading.
8th Grade Buddies and School Families
Each kindergartener is paired with an eighth grade buddy who accompanies them to monthly school Masses and with whom they enjoy various fun activities throughout the year. Each kindergarten/eighth grade buddy pair also belongs to a School Family, or advisory group that meets monthly to participate in a service-learning project.