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Kindergarten Curriculum Guidelines

The Kindergarten Program is challenging and engaging and is designed to stimulate spiritual enrichment, academic growth, social development and an enthusiasm for learning.  The core curriculum consists of Religion, language arts, math, science and social studies and is the basis for growth for the entire academic life of each student.  The curriculum also includes additional courses in Spanish, art, music, technology and physical education which allow children to broaden their academic exposure and challenge their special talents. 

Religion

  • Recognize that God is the creator of all things

  • Recognize that we are all members of God’s family

  • Celebrate and enjoy God’s creations

  • Experience God through our relationships with others 

  • Identify that God’s family includes all people: their family, class, neighborhood, parish, and world 

Language Arts

  • Listen to stories read aloud

  • Retell familiar stories that have been heard

  • Recognize that print conveys a message and that printed words are composed of letters that are separated by spaces

  • Recognize that print is read left to right and top to bottom

  • Identify all upper and lower case letters and the sounds they make

  • Identify rhymed words and words that have similar beginning and ending sounds

  • Recognize approximately 40 sight words both in and out of context

  • Write to express meaning by using letters, representing some sounds correctly, and using some known words

  • Draw a picture and tell about it

  • Contribute relevant thoughts to a discussion

  • Experience opportunities for exposure to the Spanish language and be able to understand and recite days of the week, colors, seasons, numbers (count from 1-20), and simple phrases in Spanish. 

Mathematics

  • Rote count up to 100

  • Recognize numerals from 0-31 in printed form

  • Compare and describe quantities in terms of more, less and equal

  • Perform simple addition and subtraction problems using manipulatives

  • Construct and interpret graphs using one-to-one matching

  • Recognize and extend simple patterns

  • Sequence daily events and understand the concepts of time (morning, afternoon, evening, yesterday, today, tomorrow)

  • Be introduced to the concept of money (penny, nickel, dime, quarter)

  • Be able to tell time on the hour (analog and digital)

  • Recognize and name a variety of geometric shapes

  • Be introduced to the concepts of symmetry and halves

  • Identify terms of position (inside, outside, first, last, etc.)

  • Compare capacity, sizes and weights

 Science

  • Objects have properties that can be observed and used to describe similarities and differences

  • Some properties can be observed with the senses and others can be discovered by using simple tests

  • Many different kinds of living things inhabit the earth (humans, plants, insects, etc)

  • Living things have certain characteristics (growth, movement, etc.)

  • Weather conditions vary daily and seasonally and can affect what we do, what we wear and how we feel

 Social Studies

  • Identify and use a simple map

  • Identify different family units

  • Describe family cultural customs and traditions

  • Identify and use U.S. and world maps

  • Identify people that live in different countries and discuss culture and customs

  • Identify animals that live in different climates

  • Identify and locate the seven continents and many of the countries located on them

  • Locate the Equator

  Education Technology

  • Use age appropriate and proper computer etiquette

  • Use age appropriate computer terminology

  • Use age appropriate technology for skill development and reinforcement

Art

  • Develop an appreciation of art by observing many forms in the world around them. 

  • Value his/her own artistic expression encouraging creativity. 

  • Learn the basic skills of coloring, cutting, gluing, and painting.

  • Appreciate the work of others.

 Music

  • Children will be introduced to proper performance techniques, concert etiquette and be able to sing simple patriotic and folk songs from other cultures from memory.

Physical Education

  • Through physical education, children gain physical and social skills essential to live an active life.  Children are given opportunities to develop and value their physical fitness and to exhibit positive character traits during physical activity.