Kindergarten Curriculum

The Kindergarten program introduces the students to the basic elements of reading, writing, and math.  Utilizing an interactive approach to phonics, students begin the blending of sound/symbol relationships to form words and sentences.  The use of learning centers, manipulatives, and hands on activities provide the students with a strong foundation for the beginning of their elementary school career.

 

Health and Safety

  • Safety rules and symbols, emergency preparedness
  • Personal hygiene and dental hygiene
  • Five senses
  • Food groups and nutrition - basic 5 pyramid

Language Arts

Reading

  • Phonics - beginning, medial, and final sounds
  • Long & short vowel sounds
  • Rhyming words / word families
  • Sequencing
  • Upper and lower case correspondence
  • Comprehension skills
  • Begin building a basic sight word vocabulary
  • Predicting
  • Making inferences based on the text

Written Language

  • Introduction of the writing process
  • Use of inventive spelling
  • Recognition of basic punctuation marks
  • Development of modern manuscript handwriting

Oral Language

  • Visual imagery
  • Paraphrasing and summarization
  • Organization of thoughts and ideas
  • Dictation of sentences and stories
  • Development of correct speech patterns (using complete sentences, word order, word usage)
  • Oral retelling of stories (beg., mid., end)

Literature

  • Author studies
  • Big book writing
  • Core Literature Strand: Children’s literature
  • Non-fiction

Math

  • One to one correspondence
  • Introduction to set theory
  • Number/numeral relationship
  • Patterning
  • More than//less than, equality/inequality
  • Beginning addition and subtraction 
  • Telling time to the ½ hour
  • Introduction to money concepts
  • Graphing
  • Introduction to word problems

Science

  • Respect and appreciation for all living things - proper care, classification, and interdependence of common plants and animals and their habitats
  • Conservation and ecology
  • Energy - magnets, heat, light and matter
  • Weather and seasons
  • Measurement
  • Interpreting data - charts, tables, and graphs
  • Scientific observation - hypothesizing, cause and effect, using variables
  • Matter

Social Studies

  • Understanding and appreciation of similarities and differences among people
  • Child’s relationship to family, school, and community groups 
  • Develop a sense of self, self worth, and respect for others
  • Introduction to famous historical figures through discussions of holidays, traditions, symbols and customs
  • Understanding concepts of past, present, future
  • Maps
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