An Overview of Kindergarten Curriculum
Students enter Kindergarten with varied life experiences, social skills, and different levels of physical, emotional , and intellectual development. In Kindergarten, students are assessed in the beginning of the year to develop instructional objectives both in class and with STAR testing. This assists in differentiating instruction to meet the needs of students.
English Language Arts
Kindergarten students learn the foundational reading and English Language Arts skills that pave the way to become lifelong readers, writers, and confident communicators. Reading is the most important skill students develop during their early academic years, and the optimal period of time for such learning is from Kindergarten through Third Grade. Instruction is focused on helping children make sense of the alphabet and its role in reading. I will provide foundational skills that prepare students to develop phonological awareness. Students will learn beginning skills to comprehend, describe and analyze what they are reading, use key details to understand text, and ask and answer questions based on text evidence.
Students will use word decoding, by applying sounds of the letters, word blends, digraphs, word recognition, spelling, and eventually writing in the process. Use of long and short vowel sounds, high frequency words, sight words, vocabulary words, rhymes and poems are introduced in order to pave the way for early independent reading and writing skills.
Students are introduced to the relationship between numbers, quantities, counting, representing and comparing numbers.Kindergarten students learn number names as they count up to 100 by ones, tens, fives and twos. Students learn math vocabulary and symbols, comparing numbers, addition and subtraction, word problems, algebraic thinking, identifying and composing geometrical shapes, and use of mathematical reasoning.
Religion focuses on the standards which include: Scripture/ Christian Life, Sacraments & Worship, Morality & Social Justice and Christian Faith and Practice. Emphasis is given to other topics such as prayers, gathering for all school Mass, prayer as listening to and talking to God, Bible stories from the New and Old Testament and Christian Mission.
Students are encouraged and guided with love to be trustworthy, respectful, responsible, and caring citizens of our world.
Standards and curriculum align with these concepts: Students understand that being a good citizen involves acting in certain ways (learning examples of honesty, courage, determination, individual responsibility, and patriotism in American world history from stories and folklore), students will recognize national and state symbols as well. Emphasis is placed on descriptions of work that people do and the names of related jobs at the school, in the local community, and from historical accounts. Students will compare and contrast the locations of people, places, and environments and describe their characteristics.
Students will understand that history relates to events, people, and places of other times. They will also be able to put events in temporal order using a calendar, placing days, weeks, and months in proper order.