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Kindergarten

Kindergarten is a busy year filled with memorable experiences. Foundational skills are laid as students learn essential patterns of language. Their math understanding emerges as numbers and patterns are explored in depth. Social skills are practiced daily as they work and learn through literacy and math-center rotations. Students enjoy bringing collections through the year to connect home and school.
  • Art - Kindergarten

    Kindergarten students receive art instruction on a weekly basis. They use a variety of media and techniques such as 2D, 3D, paint, pencil and collage that correspond to their classroom curriculum. Several favorite projects are clay pinch pots and dinosaurs, painted butterflies and a self-portrait collage. Art history is also woven throughout the curriculum and introduces students to artists such as Pablo Picasso and Eric Carle.
  • Bible - Kindergarten

    Kindergarteners participate in Bible through daily prayer, Scripture memorization and Bible instruction, taught by a Bible teacher. Each week kindergarteners attend Bible class, memorize a Bible verse  and attend Chapel service to praise and worship God. The students participate in mission projects such as Angels of Light and Shoes for Orphan Souls. The Bible curriculum aims to reach learners of each learning style. It begins with the statement of the Bible as God’s Truth, His holy Word, and is followed by lessons on obedience, a unit on developing a pure heart and a study of the full armor of God. The first semester ends with a Christmas unit on the birth of our Savior. The second semester begins with the wise men that sought the new king, followed by a study of eight names of Jesus, then stories to prepare students’ hearts for Easter. After Easter, kindergarteners study stories about Jesus’ resurrection and special visitations, with the year ending in a study of the gift of salvation.
  • Handwriting - Kindergarten

    In kindergarten, there is great emphasis placed on printing letters correctly, using good pencil grip and accurate strokes.
  • Language Arts - Kindergarten

    Kindergarten uses a four-fold process to help grow strong readers; Reader's Workshop, Guided Reading, Writer's Workshop and Phonics. Students participate daily in Reader's Workshop to learn strategies good readers use to grow comprehension skills. Students will then work in small groups in Guided Reading to practice reading and working on word knowledge at their particular level. During Writer's Workshop, students will study author's craft and use what they have learned to write a variety of writing pieces. Kindergarten has a strong phonetic base running throughout the entire program. Students will daily apply learned phonograms when reading and writing words. 
  • Library - Kindergarten

    Kindergarten classes visit the library every week. The students enjoy listening to fun stories that correspond to classroom curriculum. Students are encouraged to choose interesting books to share with friends and families.
  • Mathematics - Kindergarten

    Through a variety of accelerated and developmentally appropriate resources Kindergarten students are encouraged to explore mathematics concepts through a variety of hands-on learning experiences. Manipulatives or real objects are used to allow exploration and cultivation of problem-solving skills. Calendar time and stations are used to further student understanding in geometry, patterns, numeracy, counting, collecting and measuring. 
  • Motor Lab - Kindergarten

    Motor Lab is based on Athena Oden’s Ready Bodies, Learning Minds program. Reflex and sensory integration are the primary focuses of the curriculum. In class, students work the vestibular, proprioceptive and tactile systems. Motor Lab helps students with basic tasks in the classroom that require core strength (i.e. sitting correctly in a chair), as well as refining gross and fine motor tasks.
  • Motor Skills - Kindergarten

    The motor skills class is movement-based and designed to educate each child in three ways: physically, mentally and socially. Each child learns to perform a variety of activities and become physically fit. Cooperation and sportsmanship are emphasized.
  • Music - Kindergarten

    Kindergarten music classes encourage all students to participate in song. Students learn musical concepts and skills through instruction and play. Students learn to sing in unison, to listen by echo singing and to feel the steady beat with body percussion, movement and rhythm instruments. Body movement and dramatization are incorporated into the musical repertoire. The kindergarten music class highlights their talent in our Christmas Chapel in December.
  • Science and Social Studies - Kindergarten

    Students investigate their world through hands-on activities. Themes/units such as insects, the ocean and rocks help develop their understanding of their world. Social studies themes are also emphasized throughout the year. Thanksgiving, Native Americans and Christmas traditions from around the world are just a few of the social studies units.
  • Technology - Kindergarten

    Kindergarten students attend technology class once a week, taught by a trained technology teacher. During their time in the lab, students are introduced to KidPix, as well as review and build on their prior experience with Pages and Photobooth. Students practice mouse manipulation and are also introduced to keyboarding with an emphasis on proper posture and placement of fingers on the home row. Opportunities to learn via the SmartBoard are given at times. The technology teacher works with teachers to integrate iPad and computer use in the classroom.

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