Reading and Writing (Language Arts)
The kindergarten language arts curriculum is built on standards directed toward fostering students’ understanding and working knowledge of foundational reading and writing skills. Kindergartners will learn beginning reading skills relating to letter identification and the alphabetic principle, phonological awareness, phonics and word recognition, concepts of print, reading for meaning, exploring a variety of types of texts, and reading comprehension strategies. Kindergartners will also participate in daily writer’s workshops which will encourage students to write for pleasure, while also teaching students correct letter formation and basic conventions of the English writing system. Instruction in the kindergarten classroom will be differentiated and will strive to build upon each individual student’s strengths, learning styles and skill levels to ensure optimal student growth.
In Kindergarten a consciousness of numbers, number concepts, and number terms is built. An understanding of patterns, addition and subtraction, basic geometry and measurements is developed throughout the year. In addition, math skills are enhanced by a variety of hands-on experiences.
Science & Social Studies
Five and six year olds are very inquisitive. They like to look, smell, touch, and listen. Activities in kindergarten stimulate these senses. They find out what things are, why they are here, and how they operate. Students are taught about our world and the people in it in a manner which is appropriate for kindergartners. We strive to bring these subjects to life with use of engaging character teachers, such as “Dr. Science” who comes in full “mad scientist” costume to teach kids about science concepts through fun, hands-on experiments. Jesus Time Everyday begins with Jesus Time, a time to focus on God, who He is and what He has done through Jesus Christ. The Christian kindergarten helps develop an increasing love for and knowledge of God our Father and Jesus our Savior. Through stories, songs, and prayers, we strive to help your child lead a life pleasing to the Lord. In addition to classroom study, children also attend chapel services every Wednesday.
Proper school behavior, listening skills, following directions, and sharing are practiced daily along with other appropriate social skills essential for success in school and in life. Through play and practice your child learns to share responsibility, gain patience, and discover empathy.
Creative expression through music, art, and games is taught throughout classroom time. Children have biweekly classes in music appreciation taught by our music teacher, Mrs. Andrea Trampe. Students have the option of supplementing classroom instruction with choirs, strings, and band instruction beginning in 2nd grade. Lessons in art expression are taught through experimentation with materials such as clay, crayons, paper, paste, and paint. An art appreciation program, Artist of the Month, is held each month in which students learn about famous artists and re-create famous works of art. These masterpieces are put on display in our classroom “Kinder Gallery.”
Technology & Computer Education
St. Peter’s has a lab with 30 computers as well as computers in every classroom. Kindergarten uses iPads and iPods daily. We use them during morning literacy centers and also in Math Stations daily. Through classroom work and free time integral computer skills, programs and concepts are taught at all levels.