The goal of the kindergarten program is to meet the individual needs of each child, striving to integrate knowledge, Faith and Catholic values into each day. Our program recognizes the seven intelligences and uses a multi-sensory approach to learning. Thematic Units are used to teach literacy and integrate science and social studies. There is a different theme each month, communicated through our newsletter. Particular attention is given to the bridging of oral and written language and the teaching of reading and writing. The curriculum components are outlined below:
Balanced Reading: A major goal of reading is to support the children in their reading development through the use of familiar text. Children participate in shared, guided and independent reading experiences. Reading and writing processes are modeled daily.
Jolly Phonics: The children learn one letter sound a day. Each letter sound has a story and special movement to reinforce the sound.
The children will use “phonetic writing” to express themselves in written language. When children use invented spelling or phonetic writing, they discover phonics on their own. They listen for the Jolly Phonics sounds in words and the sequence of those sounds.
Printing: Our method of instruction for writing readiness and printing is Handwriting without Tears. It is a developmentally based curriculum with multi-sensory lessons to teach all learning styles.
Mathematics: We use Envision and Everyday Counts. Hands-on activities and authentic literature selections enable young learners to connect math to their own world. Major skills learned include sorting, patterning, graphing, addition and subtraction.