Kindergarten is a big year of social and academic growth for young children. In our classroom we work continuously to meet the needs of all learners and to make curriculum engaging and relevant. Our daily schedule involves active learning in all areas as well as center-based time to explore and play. Our core subject areas include: math, language arts, science, social studies, reading, and religion. Our students also attend several specialist classes including: Spanish, art, music, and physical education. Technology is also integrated into many areas of our learning and helps to enhance our core curriculum. Communication and relationships with families are very important to us. Families can expect regular communication through emails, weekly newsletters, and other informal communications. Parents are an active part of the classroom and there are many opportunities to be involved.
Kindergarten is a year full of many exciting experiences including field trips to the apple orchard, mystery readers, and time with our 4th grade buddies. Our class also focuses on service-learning by helping others in our school and community. Service learning enhances our religion curriculum and gives us a chance to live out our Catholic faith. Kindergarteners also experience the Catholic faith through Mass, prayer, and learning about the saints.
Kindergarten focuses on building a student's basic skill set so that as they move forward in school they have a solid foundation to help them succeed. The biggest skill taught during kindergarten is reading. We start the year with our pre-reading skill builders and work our way through a list of sight words. Our basic sight word vocabulary helps us to find familiar words in books. As we begin to master sight words, letter sounds, and reading strategies we take off into the new and exciting world of reading.
To learn more about the kindergarten curriculum please see the curriculum list below.
- English Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Basic sight word vocabulary
- Comprehension strategies and skills
- High frequency words
- Phonemic awareness
- Concept words
- Key ideas and details
- Craft and structure
- Integration of knowledge and ideas
- Range of level and text complexity
- Numbers 0 - 5
- Numbers to 10
- Numbers beyond 10
- Compose and Decompose numbers to 10
- Compose and Decompose numbers 11 to 19
- Classify Objects
- Two-dimensional shapes
- Three-dimensional shapes
- Learning about God's love
- Growing in God's love
- Sharing God's love
- Celebrating God's love
- Church Seasons and Feast Days
- Lives of the Saints
- The nature of science and engineering
- The practice of science
- The practice of engineering
- Physical Science
- Earth and Space Science
- Interdependence within the earth system
- Life Science
- Structure and function in living systems
- Interdependence among living systems
- Culture: Friends and Family
- Geography: Where we live
- Government: Working together
- Citizenship: I am a citizen
- Economics: People work
- History: Things change
Apple Orchard Field Trip
Every fall the kindergarteners at Saint Mark’s Catholic School take a day trip to the Apple Orchard. Prior to our trip we learn all about apples, trees, pumpkins, and the fall season. It is always an engaging and exciting experience for the students and they leave tired from a fun day.
While at the orchard we take a hayride through the rows and rows of apple trees, sample the apple selection, and learn more about all that goes into producing apples. We end our trip by going to the orchard’s pumpkin patch and picking our very own pumpkin to take home. This is always exciting for the class because we have learned about pumpkins and gotten to see what is inside of them.