KINDERGARTEN CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

Math (A Beka) 
Kindergarten students are taught math concepts using "hands on" activities and games, as well as practice worksheets and math journals. Students are taught to use manipulatives to solve concrete problems, and are given opportunities to use mental math and problem solving techniques. Many topics are covered including time, money, addition, subtraction, measurement and more.

 

Phonics and Reading (A Beka)
Kindergarten students get a strong foundation in reading using various methods, with much emphasis given to phonics. Students begin with letters and sounds and progress to special chart sounds. They learn to read and spell one and two vowel words, as well as words with special sounds and sight words.  Students are instructed in small groups and read in phonics based readers. In the spring, students are encouraged to participate in the Accelerated Reader program. This program allows students to read age appropriate literature books from the library and take comprehension tests on the computer.

 

Language Arts (A Beka - Advanced K5)
Kindergarten students get a strong foundation in reading using various methods, with much emphasis given to phonics. Students begin with letters and sounds and progress to special chart sounds. They learn to read and spell one and two vowel words, as well as words with special sounds and sight words. Students are instructed in small groups and read in phonics based readers. In the spring, students are encouraged to participate in the Accelerated Reader program. This program allows students to read literature books from the library and take comprehension tests on the computer.

 

Handwriting and Writing (Zaner-Bloser and The Writing Spot)
Kindergarten students are introduced to formal handwriting using the Zaner -Bloser method. As letters are introduced, students are shown the correct strokes. Individual attention and practice time is given to ensure success.  They are introduced to writing through literature. They learn what an author is and enjoy learning about many author styles. Students write in a journal every day and are encouraged to share their writing. They progress at their own rate, beginning with pictures and words, to eventually writing sentences and stories, using correct punctuation.

 

Bible (Purposeful Design)
Kindergarten students read through the Bible and learn about main characters and Biblical concepts in the old and new testaments. We discuss character traits, and how they apply to our lives now. Students are taught to love and respect others, and to practice the "Golden Rule". A Bible verse is given each week for memorization.

 

Science (A Beka & Teacher Created Units) and Social Studies (A Beka & TCI)
Kindergarten students learn Science and Social Studies concepts through a base curriculum and various teacher created units. These concepts are integrated throughout the curriculum using songs, literature, art projects, cooking projects, field trips, experiments and technology such as Education City and Brainpop Jr. Units include All About Me, Manners, Five Senses, Family, Seasons, Holidays, Weather, Our Country, Careers, Plants, Insects and more.

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