Kindergarten Curriculum

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What We Offer

We incorporate many of the A Beka teaching materials which includes a very strong phonics based system for beginning readers. Knowledge of letters and sounds prior to this class is very helpful, as it moves at a fast pace. There is Kindergarten entrance test that will be taken by the student prior to enrollment. We will continue to highlight developmental skills and activities in the classroom, and keep creative art work coming home, along with the challenging curriculum.

A balanced approach helps prepare all children for future years of education, no matter where they attend school. Class sizes are between 12 and 14 students. Children will also attend music and physical education classes, have recess and a lunch period. There will be an opportunity to enrich their experience by selecting some after school special activities/classes that will be held once a week for a semester. We generally offer taekwondo, gymnastics, Spanish, art, Engineering, Discover & Explore Science, a cooking class, Lego club and Running Club. We also have a Daisy Girl Scout troop.

Number Skills

This colorful book reinforces number concepts and formation of numbers up through 100. It also covers simple addition and subtraction combinations, telling time, number sequences, number words and working with money.

Some of our kindergarten class books

Letters & Sounds

This book begins with reviewing vowels and consonant sounds, blends, one and two vowel words, words with special sounds and sentence comprehension.

My Blend & Word Book

This is a 48-page book of blends and words for practice at home and school.

Basic Phonics Reader Set

This set of 12 books are actually read along with phonics instruction and prepare the Kindergarten students for more difficult books in the curriculum.

God's World Science Text

Kindergarteners learn about God's plan for seeds, animals, the seashore, health, weather and seasons with the help of this big, colorful science workbook.

Some of our kindergarten class books

Social Studies

Students learn about community helpers, America, our great country, and children of ten different countries in this semester long study. We conclude our Social Studies with an International Luncheon featuring all the countries in the unit of study during the semester.

Kindergarten Writing Tablet

Students will be tracing and practicing letter formation, in manuscript (print) while reviewing phonics. Students will use lines and "letter houses" to help with correct placement.

Children also practice correct formation and number recognition as they write numbers 1-100. They write numbers by "families" (20-29) as well as by fives, tens, and twos.

Bible

We use the Association of Christian Schools Purposeful Design Bible Curriculum. This engaging, colorful and culture-rich program introduces many great Bible stories with a practical application for today's K students. Bible verses are learned with each weekly lesson. Other larger portions of scripture are learned throughout the year to include 'the Books of the Bible', 'the 23rd Psalm', 'the 10 Commandments', 'the Lord's Prayer', John 3:16,  and 'the Fruits of the Spirit'. Students pray together each day, and work on Character Development that reflects Christian conduct in our day.

Wee Write

"Wee Write" is a creative writing program for Kindergarten students, incorporating the 6 +1 Traits of Writing. The children will use familiar literature to develop vocabulary, critical thinking, decoding of words, punctuation, and creative story telling and illustrating. Journaling is a big part of our school year, and it is a delight to see students move from illustrating with just a word, to a phrase, to sentences and finallly a paragraph!

Technology

Students are introduced to iPads during the year, with learning centers and group activities.  We have 6 laptops and 12 iPads for student use under guided instruction by the teaching staff.

Assessments

Children are assessed during each quarter for report cards. We also administer the Star Early Literacy Computer Based Testing during the school year, we  may use the Terra Nova Test or Stanford Achievement Test in April, and we will evaluate children with the DRA assessment and reading book level several times during the school year.  We have added Accelerated Reader to our assessments in 2016.  Kindergarten students will also be given the PALS assessment in both fall and spring. These test scores and report card details will help your child's future school get a clear picture of your child's skills, reading level, and abilities. All testing scores will be sent to follow on schools as requested.

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