"It is the best feeling in the world watching a young learner 'get' something for the first time. The look in a child's eyes when reading the first word, adding for the first time or making the first friend - it is incredible! I love being a part of that. When children are this young everything is a first and their teacher sets the tone for the rest of the child's learning career. I feel that being a Kindergarten teacher is one of the most important jobs in the world and I love helping the children form themselves as learners and as children of God." 

~ Mrs. Lovejoy

Kindergarten Curriculum

Language Arts and Writing

Kindergarten is an exciting time for students as they begin to see their understanding of language result in being independent readers and writers. Students in Kindergarten learn:

  • Concepts about print

  • Sounding out words to read and write

  • Sight words

  • Writing sentences

  • Recognizing letter and word patterns and rules

 

Social Studies

Social studies is a time when curious Kindergarteners can learn more about themselves and their community. The year begins with learning about a country and preparation for International Night. Additional themes include:

  • American symbols

  • Community helpers

  • Christmas around the world

  • My plate nutrition and hygiene

  • Buying groceries

  • Geography and map skills

  • Everybody has a home

  • Different kinds of farmers

  • Wants and needs

 

Science

Kindergarteners channel their excitement into hands on lessons that focus largely on:

  • Seasonal concepts (apples, pumpkins, maple sugaring)

  • Human body

  • Animals

  • The water cycle

 

Religion

Students in Kindergarten begin to dig deep into elements of the Catholic faith. Kindergarteners attend weekly Mass with the assistance of their 7th grade Church Buddies. The Circle of Grace curriculum is introduced to provide a holistic approach to the safety, well-being, and spiritual formation of children and youth. Among other lessons, the following concepts are explored:

  • The Trinity

  • Creation

  • Understanding the Mass and the Church (inside and out)

  • Saints

  • Liturgical Seasons

  • Jesus’ life and miracles

  • Prayer

  • Mary

 

Math

Math is a busy time for Kindergarten students! Students participate in a whole group lesson, complete work from the Sadlier Progress in Mathematics program, and then move into small group tasks. Students in Kindergarten through 5th grade follow a Math Menu structure, similar to a workshop style, which encourages students to build independence while practicing 21st century skills of work ethic, collaboration, and communication. Concepts explored include:

  • One to one correspondence to 50 (counting and reading)

  • Counting by 10s

  • Patterns

  • Addition with sums to 10

  • Subtraction

  • Time to the hour

  • Symmetry

  • Greater/less than

  • Coin identification and counting coins

  • Measurement

  • 3D shapes

  • Fact families

  • Develop problem solving skills