Kindergarten Curriculum

Our Kindergarten curriculum has been designed to not only meet the new Common Core standards, but to also exceed them in many ways. We recognize that each child comes to us with prior experiences and that it is our job to access their knowledge and understand their strengths. We have a hands-on approach to learning and encourage children to acquire knowledge in a variety of ways. We have also designed a ‘specials’ program to supplement learning through science, art, physical education, library, and social studies.

English Language Arts

Listen to and identify a variety of texts and genres

  1. actively engage in literature discussions
  2. comprehension through questioning, text-to-text comparisons, prior knowledge
  3. retell stories in correct order and with supporting details
  4. identify characters, setting, and main ideas
  5. recognize and explain the role of the author and illustrator of a text
  6. recognize and explain various parts of a text
  7. explain how illustrations help us to understand and connect the story
  8. learn how to recognize and define un-known words in the text
  9. understand that books give us information about the world around us
  10. actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding


Concepts of print

  1. recognize and name all upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet
  2. follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page
  3. understand that spaces are used to separate words
  4. understand the basic features of a sentence

















 Phonological Awareness
  1. recognize and produce rhyming words
  2. count, pronounce, and segment syllables in the spoken word
  3. isolate and pronounce initial, medial, and final sounds
  4. distinguish from long and short vowel sounds in spoken words


Phonics & Word Recognition

  1. Demonstrate one to one correspondence when reading
  2. Recognize and read high frequency words
  3. Know the spelling-sound for common consonant digraphs
  4. Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words
  5. Know final –e represents the long vowel sound

Fluency
  1. Read texts with purpose and understanding
  2. Read texts that are level appropriate for the individual child
  3. Read texts to support comprehension


Writing

  1. Use drawings, dictation, and writing to compose various types of writings
  2. Record ideas and responses in writing, science, and Bible journals
  3. Compose a writing response to texts being read
  4. Use technology to publish writing activities
  5. Participate in small groups to produce research and writing topics
  6. Use basic conventions of the writing process


Speaking & Listening

  1. Participate in class discussions
  2. Follow rules when listening and speaking in a group
  3. Respond to and expand upon topics in a conversation
  4. Know when to ask and answer questions
  5. Speak clearly and in complete sentences to express thoughts, feelings, and ideas

Mathematics

Counting & Number Skills
  1. Count to 100 by ones, tens, and fives
  2. Count objects using one to one correspondence
  3. Recognize and write numbers from 0 to 40
  4. Match numbers to sets
  5. Identify and compare numbers using greater than, less than, and equal to

Operations & Algebraic Thinking

  1. Represent addition and subtraction concepts using manipulatives
  2. Solve addition and subtraction problems using drawings or stories
  3. Solve addition and subtraction problems to 10 using computation
  4. Understand place value of ones and tens

Measurement & Data

  1. Describe measurable attributes of objects
  2. Compare objects with measurable attributes and describe differences
  3. Classify and sort objects into groups, describe similar characteristics
  4. Tell time to the hour using analog and digital clocks
  5. Understand that coins have value

Geometry

  1. Identify and describe two dimensional and geometric shapes
  2. Use positional words such as above, below, beside, in front of, and next to…
  3. Use simple shapes to create larger, more complex shapes


Science

Examining the World
  1. Understand that scientists use their 5 senses to understand the world around them
  2. Describe observations through discussion and compare to prior experiences
  3. Record observations using pictures and writing
  4. Recognize that men and women contribute to the field of science
  5. Share ideas and observations with others to further understanding

Content

  1. Understand that matter has observable properties
  2. Describe position and motion of various objects
  3. Describe characteristics of living versus nonliving things
  4. Explore and describe properties of magnets
  5. Explore different animal species and their habitats
  6. Understand that nutrition and exercise are positive components of health
  7. Explain the properties of water and how it can change from one state to another
  8. Recognize parts of the body and how they work
  9. Understand that the Earth is made up of different materials



Specials

Science
  1. Every Monday afternoon students engage in a 50-minute science lesson.
  2. New concepts are introduced through literature, discussion, and thinking maps
  3. Students are given time to explore concepts through hands on experimentation
  4. Observations and new information is discussed and recorded in science journals
  5. Concepts are extended throughout the week in the science center
  6. Students expand learning through independent exploration and partner work

Art

  1. Every Tuesday afternoon students engage in a 50-minute art lesson.
  2. New concepts are introduced through literature and usually relate to thematic units or science lessons
  3. Students explore various art techniques and learn to appreciate individual styles
  4. Students develop skills such as fine motor, listening, and following directions

P.E.

  1. Every Wednesday afternoon students engage in a 50-minute P.E. lesson
  2. We focus on staying physically fit through various games and skill activities
  3. We encourage students to always do their best and participate in a positive way
  4. Students learn sportsmanship skills and how to be proud of the effort they gave
  5. We relate P.E. lessons to science concepts and understand that physical education is good for our bodies

Library

  1. Every Friday afternoon students engage in a 50-minute library lesson.
  2. Students learn library etiquette and book care skills
  3. Students understand that books are for enjoyment and to gain understanding
  4. Literature is used to teach children about genre, setting, characterization, and main ideas
  5. Students recognize and identify the differences of fiction and nonfiction texts
  6. Students author fiction and nonfiction texts
  7. Students use technology to find information and explore new ideas
  8. We recognize the importance of literature and instill that love into our students
  9. Students are allowed to check out 1 book per week from the school library