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, social studies, technology and Spanish. There is a different theme or holiday focus 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.
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. Children participate in a variety of activities to enrich language and expand vocabulary, especially during our Reading Workshop. Children develop book knowledge; establish left to right processes and one to one correspondence. Math language and concepts are integrated throughout the reading experience as well. We categorize, compare, order, number and count as we read and talk about text. We encourage completion of our monthly book log at home. It not only emphasizes the importance of reading but also fosters a love of reading, assists in comprehension and fluency and encourages a habit which will be required in coming years.
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 writ-ing, they discover phonics on their own. They listen for the Jolly Phonics sounds in words and the sequence of those sounds.
Writing: We use the Lucy Calkin’s Units of Study during our Writer’s Workshop. Students learn that they have all the tools they need to be authors!
Printing & Keyboarding: 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. Students also learn beginning keyboarding skills using the Keyboarding Without Tears program.
Mathematics: We will be incorporating the Common Core as well as engaging in our daily Math Workshop. Hands-on activities and authentic literature selections enable young learners to connect math to their own world. Skills learned include sorting, patterning, graphing, addition and subtraction. Students also use theZearn program. Zearn Math is a coherent and rigorous K-5 curriculum delivered in a personalized rotational model. Zearn Math is designed so that each day, students work through engaging digital content at their own pace and learn targeted lessons with their teacher and peers.
Science: Here at St. Anne Parish School we use “Project Lead the Way.” PLTW empowers students to develop and apply in-demand, transportable skills by exploring real-world challenges. Through our pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, students not only learn technical skills, but also learn to solve problems, think critically and creatively, communicate, and collaborate.
Spanish: In Kindergarten, students receive an overview of the Spanish language. We use a combination of resources including the online based programRockalingua as well as songs, music, and instruction from native Spanish speakers.
Religious Instruction: is an integral part of the curriculum. The religious program, “I Am Special,” aims to help children develop a positive sense of self-worth. Each child will have an “I am Special” week with the opportunity to decorate a unique poster. Although time is set aside for religious instruction, religion is informally brought into every curriculum area. Full Day Kindergarten will attend school masses twice a month and sit with their 5th grade buddies.
Communication: A monthly newsletter and calendar are sent home at the beginning of each month. Look for important dates, themes, up-coming events and other important information in this handy reference. We also have a private classroom blog in which to share photos, along with “School Rush.” Progress reports are sent home each trimester and conferences are available in the fall and late winter.