Kindergarten uses the Houghton Mifflin Reading Series. The Phonics Dance Program is also used to emphasize phonics skills. Our language arts/reading time is spent teaching students letter recognition and sounds, digraphs, blends, decoding skills, and weekly sight word recognition. Leveled reading groups and learning centers are completed with each student’s ability in mind.
Kindergarten uses the Everyday Math program to teach skills such as counting, number ordering, making and interpreting graphs, number operations, money skills, time, and calendar skills. Concepts are introduced as a large group followed by review in small group and individual work. Math manipulatives are used during center time activities.
Kindergarten uses the Family Life Series and Promise magazine as well as Bible stories. They learn beginning prayers, about some saints, church holy days, praying the rosary, and how to be a PeaceBuilder. We attend weekly Mass on Wednesdays and on Holy Days.
Kindergarten uses the Social Studies Alive: Me and My World program. The program focuses on how to get along with others, being a good citizen, where we live, and our world. Students also learn about national holidays and celebrations, families, important symbols, people and events in history, and maps.
During Science, the children will be exposed to the concepts of scientific methods. Over the year, we will cover such topics as our five senses, insects, trees, wood and paper, fabric, animals, dinosaurs, and space. During our time in the Science Lab, students use a hands on approach using FOSS kits.
Kindergarten uses the Handwriting without Tears Program which takes a multisensory approach to handwriting. Kindergarten students are taught basic writing skills such as grammar and sentence structure while they are writing. They are encouraged to use inventive spelling as they write their journal entries and assignments with illustrations.