The reading program kindergarten uses is called Superkids. It is a Rowland Reading Program. The program features a cast of lively characters called the Superkids, whose adventures and activities delight children. The characters mirror the interests of the kindergartners so the program is very engaging. By the completion of the year the students will:
- Learn and be able to identify 26 letters and sounds.
- Know all Superkids names and character traits.
- Know how to write capital/lowercase forms of each letter and write words and sentences. All letters will be written in manuscript form.
- Learn how to blend sounds to read and how to segment sounds to spell.
- Read 43 Dolch sight words.
- Use comprehension skills and strategies applied to short decodable stories.
- Learn vocabulary and fluency skills.
- Learn phonemic awareness skills, such as rhyming; identifying beginning, middle, and ending sounds; and adding or deleting phonemes (sounds).
One of the strongest components of this program is the explicit phonics instruction that gives children a reliable way to unlock the written word. The program seamlessly integrates reading, spelling, writing, and other language arts. Also, phonetically controlled vocabulary ensures success, which enables children to really read, not guess. Lastly, the program uses a multimodal approach to practice key reading skills in the modality that suits each child’s individual needs.
Comprehensive Kindergarten program developed to support the Common Core State Standards for mathematics. GO MATH! emphasizes the following content standards, skills and concepts.
Counting and Cardinality – know number names and the count sequence, count to tell the number of objects, compare numbers.
Operations and Algebraic Thinking – represent addition and subtraction to ten with objects, drawings, fingers, mental images and ten frames.
Numbers and Operations in Base 10 – work with numbers to gain foundations for place value, compose and decompose numbers in more than one way.
Measurement and Data – describe and compare measurable attributes, classify and sort data.
Geometry and Positions – identify and describe 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional shapes, analyze, compare, and create shapes.
Students will be exposed to math projects and games that will enhance and support the curriculum.
Go Math! focuses on the students’ ability to record, represent, solve, and explain as they develop and discover new concepts in Math.
The Religion Program used in kindergarten is “Blest Are We” by RCL Benzinger. “Blest Are We” Kindergarten is a developmental program based on scripture and rooted in the teachings of our Catholic faith. The main unit themes are:
- God’s Love Creates the Universe
- God’s Love Makes Me Who I Am
- God’s Love Gives Me People to Love
- God’s Love Gives Me Jesus
- God’s Love Teaches Me to Love
The children will learn that creation is a gift from God, who created all things out of a deep abiding love for us. Each day God will be an integral part of our routines as we begin and end each day with a prayer. We will also pray before eating and will use teachable moments to pray to God to help guide us in making good decisions.
We cover the study of:
- force, friction, and gravity
- the human body
We will also visit the science lab once a month to conduct hands-on experiments and activities.
We will learn about feelings, rules, and consequences using our Second Step Program. Students will learn about community workers and their jobs as well as how we are part of a family and community, where we learn from one another. We will also talk about traditions that are important in our families. Students will explore holidays at the appropriate times during the year. Finally, students will recite the Pledge of Allegiance daily.