Prayer begins each morning, thanking God for all He has given us, talking to Him about our loved ones, giving Him our worries, knowing He is with us. Our kindergarteners develop an understanding of right and wrong and that respecting others helps the classroom community to run smoothly. We learn to share materials, manipulatives, and attention by acquiring skills to be able to do this without being bossy or rude. We recognize that there are productive ways to express ourselves and that what we say and do affects other people and plays a key role in making friends. Mastering this skill is an ongoing process and five-year-olds are just learning it. We work on being consistently able to share and be polite. We learn to problem solve and make age-appropriate decisions, to explore new things and to take some safe risks. We focus on treating others as we would like to be treated.
Our kindergarten is an academically rigorous environment in which reading skills blossom and mathematical minds are challenged. In addition to learning the alphabet and the sounds of the letters, children learn to decode words, recognize sight words, and write down ideas. We teach basic math skills, including numeral and number recognition, sorting, and patterning.
Understand concepts of print (examples: parts of a book, left to right, top to bottom).
Can distinguish differences in sounds of spoken language.
Understand that a letter represents a sound.
Recognize the letters and the sounds they represent
Know some words by sight (goal of 25).
Listen to and demonstrate understanding of a wide variety of text (examples: alphabet books, informational stories, literature and nursery rhymes).
Demonstrate familiarity with everyday print (examples: signs, labels, newspapers, etc.)
Correctly answer questions about a book read aloud.
Retell a story in sequence
Connect events in a story to life experiences.
With approximate accuracy, write upper and lower case letters of the alphabet.
Use letter-sound knowledge to write independently.
Spell some simple words correctly.
Write simple messages or directions for a specific reason.
Write a brief story (beginning, middle, end) with illustrations that match text.
Able to write name and some common words.
Write using beginning letter sounds.
Able to express ideas on paper through drawing and beginning writing.
Listening & Speaking
Listen when others are speaking.
Understand and follow simple oral directions.
Show and tell using props.
Tell about an experience or story using a logical sequence.
Share information in complete, coherent sentences.
Blend and separate sounds in short vowel words
Match oral words to printed words
Use role playing to better understand situations.
Identify title page information.
Use charts, illustrations, graphs and diagrams.
Identify a story’s sequence of events.
Listen to and identify classics and award winning books.
Use the library for selecting recreational reading materials.
Identify various media used to convey information
(examples: books, magazines, newspapers, TV websites, radio, videos, CD’s, etc.).
Name and act out things God has made.
Share favorite things which God has made.
Listen/respond to Scripture stories.
Acts out Scripture stories.
Retell Scripture stories in own words, drawings or in role-playing.
Respond creatively to lessons taught.
Demonstrate understanding of religious vocabulary.
Share stories abut feelings.
Participate in frequent prayer experiences.
Experience the faith community of the classroom/school/parish/community.
Participate in service opportunities appropriate to age.
Know and participate in liturgical season activities and celebrations.
Responds orally to a variety of questions.
Know and recite prayers appropriate to grade level.
Demonstrates empathy towards others.