We recognize children at this stage learn in formal and informal settings; and, we create an environment that allows for hands on learning, imaginitive play, peer interaction, teacher directed-instruction as well as whole and small group instruction. During the early developmental years, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual growth is grounded in our core subject areas:
- Reading & Language Literacy
- Math & Science
- Social Studies
- Creative Arts
- Christian Formation
- Motor, Emotional & Social Development
Our Reading program covers five essential elements of early literacy which is awareness of individual sounds in spoken words, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary development and reading comprehension. Specifically, instruction begins with letter recognition, sound-letter relationship, short and long vowels, consonant blends, and introduction of sight words and various decodable words. As the students establish a foundation for sight words, rhyming, decoding and reading unknown words, we will introduce activities to introduce reading comprehension strategies such as summarizing and predicting what comes next. All reading activities are primarily interactive so the children can experience a variety of different ways to read and enjoy literature.
Our focus in Handwriting is establishing a sound foundation for first grade making it easier for handwriting instruction. Students will learn the correct top to bottom letter formation and proper spacing of manuscript letters. We will provide fun, interactive ways through discussion, reflection, story-telling, and writing with illustration to learn how to create sentences which express clear thoughts and include proper capitalization and punctuation. We encourage students to produce inventive spelling using phonics and sight word knowledge
We will reinforce and expand on what has been covered in Pre-K such as sorting, patterns and basic geometry, positions, problem solving, and the numbers 1 to 20. In addition, students will master the fundamentals of tables, graphs and fractions, time and money, measurement, and counting by rote to 100. Lastly, basic addition and subtraction skills will be established so ultimately the students will master automatic recall of addition and subtraction facts.
Your child will:
- Recognize, name and describe two dimensional shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle) and three dimensional shapes (cube, sphere, cone, cylinder)
- Identify positional terms, directionality and order such as first, middle, last, top, bottom, over, under, in front, behind, up, down, etc.
- Begin to understand geometric concepts through block play
- Progress in ability to put together/take apart puzzles
- Begin to develop the concept of same and different
- Show an awareness of symmetry
- Begin to recognize time intervals (morning, afternoon, evening) in everyday situations
- Use language to describe a sense of time through participation in daily activities (days of the week, months, years, four seasons, yesterday/today/tomorrow)
Prior to entering Kindergarten, your child will learn to:
FINE MOTOR DEVELOPMENT
- Develop strength, dexterity and control needed to use tools and materials such as scissors, paper punch, stapler, hammer, play dough, and other manipulative materials
- Develop hand-eye coordination in building with blocks, putting together puzzles, reproducing shapes and patterns, stringing beads, and using scissors
- Show beginning control in the use of writing, drawing, and art tools including pencils, markers, chalk, paint brushes, and various types of technology
GROSS MOTOR DEVELOPMENT
- Develop an awareness of their body, control and balance in walking, climbing, running, jumping, hopping, skipping, marching, galloping and creative movement
- Develop the ability to coordinate movements in throwing, catching, kicking, bouncing balls and using playground equipment including slides and swings.
Prior to entering Kindergarten, your child will demonstrate the knowledge of Christian beliefs and an understanding of how these practices are an integral part to living our Catholic faith in a manner appropriate for their age and ability.
Knowledge of Faith
Teaching to Pray
Knowledge of Faith
- Identify God as the Creator of all things.
- Know that God is the Holy Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit- and that we demonstrate this knowledge when we make the Sign of the Cross.
- Recognize that Jesus, Mary and Joseph are the Holy family and loved and cared for each other.
- Develop an awareness of the stories in the Bible.
- Indicate a knowledge of the Advent and Christmas seasons
- Indicate knowledge of the Lenten and Easter seasons
- Develop an awareness of the Saints and their feast days.
- Recognize that the Mass is a special prayer of the Church and children take part by participating as much as they can e.g. signing at the gospel, sign of peace, responding, standing, sitting, listening and singing.
- Understand that life is a gift from God and that we must care for life of all things
- Demonstrate understanding that God calls us to be kind and loving to all people
- Demonstrate the ability to express sorrow when we have hurt others and to forgive others when they apologize for wrong doing.
- Demonstrate understanding that wherever we are, we are followers of Jesus and our behavior should show that we are Christians
Teaching to Pray
- Demonstrate ability to make the Sign of the Cross
- Participation in daily prayers (morning prayer, grace before meals)
- Learn to be respectful and reverent during prayer and religious activities.
- Recognize that prayer is a gift from God, in which we can talk to Him, and reminds us of God’s presence in our daily lives
Prior to entering kindergarten, parents, teachers and programs will provide learning experiences to ensure your child learns how to:
SCIENTIFIC SKILLS & METHODS
- Begin to use the five senses (hearing, smelling, tasting, seeing, and touching) to gather information and explore the environment.
- Begin to use simple measuring devices and concepts to gather information, investigate materials and observe processes and relationships.
- Begin to participate in simple investigations to test observations, discuss and draw conclusions, and form generalizations.
- Begin to collect, describe and record information through a variety of means, such as discussion, drawings, maps, graphs, and charts.
- Begin to observe and discuss differences and similarities among objects.
- Develop an understanding of drawings, graphs, and charts and maps as a way of recording observations.
- Begin to explore the environment through hands-on activities using simple scientific tools such as magnifying glasses, measuring devices, and their five senses.
- Begin to make predictions, explanations and generalizations.
- Observe, describe and discuss the natural world, materials, living and non-living things, natural processes, weather and seasonal changes.
- Expand knowledge of and respect for their body.
- Expand knowledge of and respect for the environment.
- Develop an awareness of ideas and language related to time such as daily routines and order of events.
- Show awareness and beginning understanding of changes in materials and cause-effect relationships such as freezing/melting, color mixing, and/or cooking.
Prior to entering Kindergarten, your child will learn to:
- Express a positive awareness of self in terms of specific abilities, characteristics, and preferences
- Be more independent in a range of activities, routines, and tasks
- Demonstrate satisfaction when completing a task or solving a problem
- Maintain individuality or a positive sense of self within a group
- Express feelings, needs, and opinions appropriately without harming
- Understand how their actions affect others and begin to accept the consequences of their actions
- Follow simple rules and routines
- Use materials purposefully, safely, and respectfully
- Attempt to solve a problem in a positive manne
- Use compromise, negotiations, and discussion in working, playing and resolving conflicts with peers
- Demonstrate the ability to give and take during peer interactions by helping, sharing, and discussing
- Demonstrate the ability to take turns in games or using materials
- Be a helpful member in a group or household through sharing tasks or chores
- Accept guidance and directions from a range of familiar adults
- Show ability to develop friendships with peers
- Express empathy and care for others
- Feel secure and comfortable communicating with familiar adults
- Demonstrate positive social skills, i.e., please, thank you, etc.
KNOWLEDGE OF FAMILY & COMMUNITIES
- Begin to identify their own gender, family, and, culture
- Develop an understanding of similarities and respect for differences among people, such as gender, race, special needs, culture, language, and family structures
- Develop awareness of community helpers
- Show an awareness of home, classroom, school, and community
- Demonstrate appropriate caution in unfamiliar and/or potentially dangerous situations
- Progress in physical growth, strength, stamina, and flexibility
- Participate actively in play, outdoor activities, and forms of exercise that enhance physical fitness
- Begin to show growing awareness of nutrition and independence in hygiene, nutrition and personal care when eating, dressing, washing hands and toileting
- Build awareness and ability to follow basic health and safety rules such as fire safety, traffic and pedestrian safety; and responding appropriately to potentially harmful objects, substances, and activities