Kindergarten

 

kindergarten

WHAT WE LEARN IN KINDERGARTEN

Religion (100 Weekly Minutes)

• Participates in prayer, worship, and devotions
• Recognizes the dignity of each person because he/she is a child of God.
• Attends weekly mass
• Coordinates at least one all school mass
• Learns basic formal prayers
• Recognizes the Bible as the story of God’s people
• Recognizes Creation as a gift from God
• Understands that each individual is a unique child of God with special gifts     to share
• Understands the meaning of the sacrament of Baptism
• Learns about the skills and virtues of Christian Family living (Family Life)
• Shares in the missionary effort of the Church through prayer and sacrifice

 

Language Arts (300 Weekly Minutes)

Reading
• Identifies the upper and lower case alphabet letters by name and sound
• Identifies beginning and ending letter sounds
• Recognizes the difference between a letter and a word
• Sounds out simple words
• Reads simple sentences
• Identifies parts of a book (cover, back, spine)
• Identifies the title, author and illustrator of a book
• Reading levels are assessed using Star Reader
• Comprehension is assessed through Accelerated Reader
• Reading awards are earned through Renaissance Learning

Writing
• Learns to write from left to right and top to bottom
• Learns to print the alphabet in both upper and lower case using controlled paper
• Begins to draw, dictate, and write words using phonetic spelling
• Begins to use capital letters and spaces between words 
• Begins to use ending punctuation
Listening and Speaking
• Begins to use appropriate listening behaviors
• Understands and follows oral directions
• Shares information and ideas, using complete sentences
• Participates in rhymes, stories, songs, and repetitive patterns
Home Reading
Parents are encouraged to participate in daily reading as well as the Scholastic Reading Counts program with their kindergartner. A variety of books are available in the school library and classroom. You may print out a list of acceptable books from the school website: http://www.stbarbara.com

 

Mathematics (175 Weekly Minutes)
Number Sense
• Identifies and writes numerals to 100
• Identifies ordinal positions (first, next, last)
• Identifies ordinal dates on the calendar (1st-31st)
• Puts numerals in 1-10 sequence
• Associates numbers with members of a set
• Begins to estimate amounts
• Recognizes when an estimate is reasonable
• Applies the concepts of more than, less than, equal, and not equal
• Begins to recognize half and whole
• Begins to identify penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and dollar bill
• Is introduced to simple addition and subtraction
Algebra and Functions
• Identifies, sorts, and classifies objects by attributes
• Identifies, describes, and extends simple patterns 
Measurement and Geometry
• Identifies geometric shapes
• Measures using non-standard units
• Weighs using non-standard units
• Beings to tell time to the hour and half-hour
• Uses the calendar (days of the week and months of the year)
• Demonstrates concept of time (yesterday, today, and tomorrow)
• Names position of objects
Statistics, Data Analysis, and Probability
• Participates in making, using, and recording information using objects, pictures, and picture graphs
• Reads and interprets simple graphs

 

Science (60 Weekly Minutes)
Physical Science

• Learns that the properties of materials can be observed, measured, and predicted
• Studies different materials and their physical properties
Earth Science
• Realizes that the Earth is composed of land, air, and water
• Understands that resources can be observed through responsibility
Life Science
• Discovers that different types of plants and animals inhabit the earth. 
Investigation and Experimentation
• Asks meaningful questions
• Communicates observations orally and through drawings

 

Social Studies/History (60 Weekly Minutes)
• Understands that being a Christian citizen means making responsible choices at home, school, and in our community
• Develops an understanding of Catholic values such as love, kindness, honesty, and trust
• Commemorates historical events and people through celebrations and seasons
• Recites the Pledge of Allegiance and sings patriotic songs
• Develops an awareness of our planet Earth and how we can conserve and protect our environment
• Learns how to follow classroom and playground rules and knows the consequences of breaking them
• Develops an awareness of people and their related jobs at school

Computer (30 Weekly Minutes)
• Receives a basic introduction to the computer • Identifies and uses letters, number keys, space bar, enter, and back space/delete keys

 

Physical Education (60 Weekly Minutes)
• Develops motor skills, balance, and ball skills through participation in relays, rhythmic activities, and agility games
• Increases body skills and coordination through exercises and calisthenics
• Develops sport skills and participates in track activities
• Develops an understanding for physical health and nutrition

 

Fine Arts (60 minutes in Music)
Media

• Learns about visual and tactile perception
• Develops creative expression
• Becomes familiar with visual art heritage
• Participates in analysis and interpretation of art
• Art is incorporated in thematic units throughout the curriculum
Music
• Introduced to concepts of beat, structure, pitch, form, tempo, dynamics, and tone
• Develops creative expression through songs, rhythmic games, use of rhythm instruments
• Experiences and develops attentive listening skills 
• Begins to understand historical and cultural heritage
• Develops and appreciation of music

Educational Field Trips


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