Kindergarten Curriculum Overview
We follow the North Carolina Standards and Common Core. However, we are able to supplement with extra. We use a variety of types of books and selections (e.g., picture books, caption books, short informational texts, and nursery rhymes). Kindergartners are offered many opportunities to read daily. For phonics, we use the Sadlier Phonics textbook book along with other classroom activities.
Kindergarten students are becoming aware of the purpose of written language in the environment. They write their own names and use a mixture of drawings and words.
The mathematics curriculum is organized into five strands: (1) number and operations; (2) measurement; (3) geometry; (4) data analysis and probability; and, (5) algebra. Problem-solving strategies are embedded into each of the 5 strands. We use McGraw-Hill, My Math, Grade K book. The curriculum includes but is not limited to: Numbers 0 to 10, Numbers beyond 10, compose and decompose numbers to 20, measurement, positions, 2-dimensional shapes, 3-dimensional shapes, classifying objects, addition, and subtraction.
Students in kindergarten study themselves and their families, how they grow and change, and their similarities and differences. Children develop and expand their understanding about themselves and about the family as a basic institution in society. They learn to understand that here are basic needs common to all people, but that people my meet these needs in a variety of ways.
We supplement with The Weekly Reader magazine.
The focus for kindergarten science is on students using all of the five senses to make observations of events in both indoor and outdoor settings that make up their world. Science Concepts: Plants and Animals, Use of Tools, Weather, Properties/Movement of common objects and organisms.
Children will realize that all of creation is a gift from God, including their own bodies, talents, and senses. Children will learn that God gives them his Son, Jesus, and many people to love them. We also discuss the church year including Holy Days and Saints feast days. We also use the Virtues in Practice program from the Dominican Sisters.
In kindergarten we focus on basic Spanish vocabulary. We study basic greetings. We move on to numbers 1-10, colors, classroom objects, food, animals, and clothing. We play games, sing songs, and move about the classroom.
In art, students will explore various materials, tools, and techniques. They will learn how to properly use materials. Students will express ideas about themselves and their environment through various projects throughout the year. They will incorporate other disciplines such as math, science, and social studies. They will begin to explore the elements of art and observe, describe, and analyze artwork.
In kindergarten, we begin a foundation of music that will grow through eighth grade. Kindergartners will be exposed to a vast array of musical instruments, basic musical concepts (tune, basic counting), and relating their ABC's to learning the notes on the treble clef. There is a performance in the Christmas Musical, as well as a class led Mass.
Apply competent motor skills and movement patterns as needed to perform a variety of physical activities. Understand concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics that apply to the learning and performance of movement. Understand the importance of achieving and maintaining a health-enhancing level of physical fitness. Use behavioral strategies that are responsible and enhance respect of self and others and value activity.
The 50th Day of School
The 100th Day of School
Gingerbread man unit
NC Zoo field trip