The Faith First kindergarten religion instruction includes such concepts as: recognizing that God made each person different and that God loves all people. Students listen to stories about Jesus and the Bible and participate in discussions relating these teachings to themselves and their families. Kindergartners are taught that they are part of God's family and the church family. They are also taught to view the Catholic church as one of the communities to which they belong. Some of the activities used to reinforce these concepts are singing, games, drama, and art/crafts.
In Kindergarten, students will focus on developing reading readiness skills including upper/lower case letter recognition, letter sound, written alphabet, rhyming, sequencing, opposites, word recognition, and a wide variety of reading materials and genres.
Phonemic awareness and writing are part of our literacy program. We use the Haggerty Phonemic Awareness program and supplement it with the Macmillan McGraw-Hill program. The children participate in "word games" to learn to hear word onsets and rymes, final sounds, rhyming, chopping words, putting words together, adding or deleting parts of words to figure out what is left and more!
Much of our writing is done in our personal journals. A topic is given for the day and at first the children complete the sentence and the teacher writes their completion. As the year goes on, the children will write their own words, sentences and then paragraphs using their inventive spelling and proper spelling of their sight words.
- Use strategies such as phonics, patterns, and vocabulary skills to make sense of a story.
- Retell a story.
- Express ideas in complete sentences.
- Predict and make connections to personal experiences.
- Identify components of a story including the problem, solution, and main characters.
- Discuss genres and the main idea of a story.
- Attend to a listening activity for an age-appropriate amount of time.
Macmillan McGraw-Hill is the text used.
Instructional time focuses on two critical areas:
(1) Representing and comparing whole numbers, initially with sets of objects;
(2) Describing shapes and space. More learning time in Kindergarten should be devoted to number than to other topics.
Counting and Cardinality
- Know number names and the count sequence.
- Count to tell the number of objects.
- Compare numbers.
Operations and Algebraic Thinking
- Understand addition as putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from.
Number and Operations in Base Ten
- Work with numbers 11-19 to gain foundations for place value.
Measurement and Data
- Describe and compare measurable attributes.
- Classify objects and count the number of objects in each category
- Identify and describe shapes.
- Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.
Science at the kindergarten level will include skill building in the following areas: graphing, predicting, measurement, patterning, magnification, magnetism, sorting, categorization, comparison, and planning. The kindergartners will apply developing and learned skills to study the following content areas: insects, leaves and trees, natural science, plants, animals, space/sky, the five senses, living and nonliving things, and life cycles.
Kindergartners are growing in their sense of the world around them and will participate in a study of the self, immediate family, their neighborhood and the world around them. Social studies concepts will expand to include: customs, holidays, other cultures, American symbols, presidents, and the Pledge of Allegiance, the voting process, maps, globes, and the difference between past, present and future.
Some of the personal skills to be developed in kindergarten are: cooperation, respect for self and others, service, pro-social emotional expression, pro-social behavior, involvement in small and large group activities, team work, self control, problem solving, and independence.
Kindergarten students will practice and develop skills such as:
- Treating others as they would like to be treated
- Be helpful, kind and polite
- Keep your hands and feet to yourself
- Take turns and share
- Listening attentively when others are talking and follow directions
- Caring appropriately for school and personal property
- Using words to resolve conflict
- Following multi-step directions, and completing tasks
- Respect others
In kindergarten, students focus mainly on singing and keeping a steady beat. They work on matching pitches that they hear, identifying fast and slow, and the difference between sounds and silences. Students play musical games and instruments to reinforce special relationship, movement, creative expression, and music appreciation.
The physical education curriculum has four focus areas: locomotor skills, nonlocomotor skills, manipulative skills, and physical fitness. Students learn how to hop, gallop, slide, balance, and bounce a ball. In addition, they begin to learn about the importance of physical fitness through daily stretching routines. Also, students will begin to understand special awareness and relationships to objects and people. Students are expected to demonstrate safe movement in physical activities.
Students meet two days a week for 30 minutes. The curriculum uses the Risas y Sonrisas program which utilizes CD-DVD programs to instruct spanish. Students will be expected to:
1) know terminiology for: colors, numbers, basic vocabulary
2) Sing basic songs to reinforce vocabulary
Kindergarten computer/technology curriculum focuses on introducing the students to computers and technology. Students will learn basic terminology along with age-appropriate software. Students will learn how to open, exit, print, and use the basic tools in KidPix. The basics of word processing and the Internet are introduced. Keyboarding skills are introduced and the focus areas are: using both hands when typing, using proper typing posture, and using the mouse proficiently.