Weekly outline

  • Bible

    Bible is a very important part of our day.  The Kindergarten classes are learning together at this time of their day.  This is when we learn about God and learn about important lessons from the Bible.  These lessons are learned through hearing Bible stories, acting them out and sometimes watching online video clips.  The classes will worship and pray together, hear life lessons on how God wants us to behave in school and at home.  We treat our Bible lessons as a reverent time and learn to show respect to each other and their teachers.  We really want them to learn the importance of honoring God in all they do throughout their days.

    The children have verses directly from the Bible they will need to memorize and recite to their teacher word for word about every two weeks.  We practice these scripture verses every day during Bible time and are also looking for support and practice from home.  

    Our priority when the children start school is to memorize the verse that has been chosen by our Superintendent, which changes each year.  Our verses typically follow our Bible theme and in the early Spring, the children need to memorize the Lord's Prayer:

    "Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed by thy name.
    Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.
    Give us this day, our daily bread, and forgive us our debts,
    as we forgive our debtors.
    And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,
    for thine is the Kingdom, and the Power and the Glory forever.

    Typical Bible themes for Kindergarten are as follows:

    • I am special
    • Bible Parables
    • Bible Stories following the Five Senses
    • Children in the Bible
    • Bible Heroes
    • Fruit of the Spirit
    • I am Thankful
    • Exploring Peace
    • Christmas Story
    • Jesus as a Boy
    • Miracles of Jesus
    • Easter Story
    • Children's Devotionals
    • Creation Story
    • Global Family

    In addition to our daily Bible time, Kindergarten-5th Grade attends Chapel every other week to hear devotionals, watch other classes perform Bible Skits, Praise and Worship and occasionally we will hear a guest speaker from the community.

    • Language Arts

      Our Language Arts time is filled with a great deal of learning!  We read sentences, practice sight words, learn how to categorize words, make predictions and learn the difference between nouns, verbs and adjectives.  We introduce prefixes, suffixes, compound words and learn how to recognize rhyming words, beginning, middle and ending sounds.  We take them through pre-writing stages all the way through writing a short story.  We teach proper formation of each letter and number as a focus on handwriting.  Occasionally our children need assistance with fine motor development and this is strengthened through fun activities involving the use of their fine motor skills.

      Following is an overview of Kindergarten Language Arts topics:

      1.  Concepts of Print

      2.  Phonological Awareness

      3.  Phonemic Awareness

      4.  Phonics/Word Analysis

      5.  Vocabulary Development

      6.  Reading Skills

      7.  Reading Comprehension

      8.  Literary Analysis – fiction/non-fiction text

      9.  Writing Process

      10.  Creative Writing

      11.  Informative Writing

      12.  Persuasive Writing

      13.  Penmanship

      14.  Listening/Speaking Skills

      15.  Purposes of Reading

      16.  Research Process

      17.  Media Literacy

      18.  Technology

      • Writing

        Kindergarten children come to us with a very broad range of writing abilities.  We model proper writing skills from the very start of Kindergarten so they see what writing should look like.  Please help your child with correct pencil holding skills and letter forming.  Thank you for your encouragement and support.

        If your child comes to Kindergarten writing their name in all Capital letters, this is something we will expect them to change very quickly, so your encouragement at home is appreciated.

        We write in our journals several times a week and the children are learning to write from left to right and top to bottom.  We encourage letters to be about 1" high and 1 pinkie space between words.  They are learning how to sound out words themselves when writing.  We encourage the use of inventive spelling during the early stages of the writing process.  We are expecting them to try and get a letter on the paper for every sound they hear.  For example: If they are thinking they would like to write the sentence, "I can write."  Here is what we would like to see, "I can rit."  This requires them to hear the individual phonemes and match a letter with the sound.  At the beginning of Kindergarten we focus on the beginning sound of words and then progress to ending sounds.  Medial vowel sound recognition will start after Christmas followed by long vowel sounds and silent "e" in the Spring.

        "I", "can", "see", "the" and "like" are the first 5 words we learn to recognize and spell correctly.  The children will have dictation tests in Kindergarten and formal spelling tests will begin in 1st grade.  We encourage the creative writing process and by the end of the year, our hope is that your child can finish a writing prompt, choose a topic for a story, be able to write an opinion statement and follow the correct rules of punctuation and capitalization.

        • Math

          Go MATH! is the current curriculum and the children love the interactive components that the curriculum offers.  The videos that supplement the teaching process are child focused, entertaining and informative.  The children work in a paper workbook and use manipulatives for learning number sense, addition and subtraction.  We also spend a great deal of time focusing on the proper formation of numbers when writing.  In addition, the children will work through a Daily Math packet that review the concepts taught in the curriculum.

          To enhance our learning, we enjoy doing several STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) projects throughout the year.  Our Middle School buddies love to help with these STEM activities.  An example of a STEM activity would be to predict what 3D shape column will hold the most books.  After making the prediction, the children will build the column with construction paper and tape and experiment with books.  

          Here is a brief overview of the Kindergarten Math Concepts with our curriculum.

          1.  Number Sense & Recognition

          2.  2 & 3 Dimensional Shapes

          3.  Addition & Subtraction

          4.  Sorting & Classifying

          5.  Measurement & Graphing

          6.  Calendar Math

          • Science

            We use National Geographic for our Science Curriculum.  The teaching books and student materials are full of beautiful pictures of our world.  The Kindergartners love to explore, experiment and investigate our world through Science.  Science is a cross-curricular subject and is touched through our Bible teachings, Language Arts materials and Math.

            The Kindergartners keep a science journal during experiments and make predictions through writing.  Some of the topics we cover will include a project that needs to be completed at home with parent help.  An example of this would be researching an animal of their choice and build a habitat according to what they have learned about their animal.

            Occasionally, with our Middle School buddies, the children will choose a topic and learn how to research online to find information about their topic.  Together, they will create a document with an image and present it to the class.

            We will study Plants and Animals, Farms, Weather, Gravity, How Things Change and How Things Move, How Things Grow, Creation and How to Keep our Earth Clean, Investigating Morning, Noon and Evening.

            • Social Studies

              There are quite a few topics we cover in Social Studies.  Here is an outline of the topics we cover during our time in Social Studies:

              1.  Families and how we are alike and different

              2.  Leaders in our World - school, home and country

              3.  Map Skills - Continents, Cardinal directions

              4.  Land Forms and Bodies of Water

              5.  Economy - Wants and Needs

              6.  Community Helpers

              7.  Types of Communities

              8.  Holidays

              9.  Long Ago & Today

              10.  US Symbols, Famous Presidents

              11.  Communication & Transportation

              12.  Decision Making

              • Social Skills

                We use a curriculum called Second Step.  This series has a Card Lesson for each Unit that teaches skills such as Empathy, Compassion and Recognizing Feelings.  We use a puppet we call "Puppy" and his puppet friend, "Snail" to act out scenarios that the children might experience in school.  By watching our skits, and practicing on their own, the children learn how to deal with feelings and make friendships.  Looking at real photographs of children involved in conflict helps teach and recognize the need for problem solving skills.

                We begin each lesson by practicing our Whole Group proper paying attention posture:  Eyes Watching, Ears Listening, Body Still and Mouth Quiet.  Ask your children to show you their Attentiscopes and what they use them for.

                We read the Card Story about a child at school that is experiencing some kind of problem and then we discuss how we should handle the problem.  The kids come up with some great ideas!  They are all learning how to empathize with a friend that is sad and show compassion when someone is hurt accidentally.  We also discuss how to recognize our own feelings and how to calm down and problem solve.  Ask your child what they should do if they are angry at school.  What is the solution to the problem if they hurt someone accidentally on the playground?  These are typical scenarios that we experience every day in Kindergarten, so working through them as a group helps teach the skills they need for real life conflict.

                They love to watch Puppy and Snail find solutions to their problems when they come out in our classroom.  This subject is often taught as a whole group with both Kindergarten classes.  We emphasize proper ways to communicate with our friends, learning the difference between tattling and telling and how to be a cooperative member of our classroom.

                We have a school-wide program called Olweus Bully Prevention Program.  Your child will learn the four Olweus rules in order to recognize what a bully is and how to stand up for themselves and others.  We hold monthly class meetings to discuss how we are doing as a group or as needed when problems arise that need resolution.  We really strive to create a nurturing and caring environment where peers and teachers are respected equally.