By interacting with materials and experience, the student will become aware of the following:
- Written language is an arbitrary system for representing oral language.
- Speech can be segmented into small units of sound. This awareness is taught in situations where print and speech are brought together and children account for the letters they see in a word they know.
- Context and graphic clues must be coordinated.
- Letters have names and sounds.
- Vocabulary and concepts facilitate comprehension.
- Print has certain conventions…left to right, top to bottom, space between words.
By interacting with manipulatives, other materials and experience, the student will become introduced to the following:
- Positions and sorting
- Graphing and patterns
- Numbers and number patterns
- Time and money
- Geometry and fractions
- Addition and subtraction
By interacting with materials, each other and the environment, students will begin to discover science all around them.
Students will be exposed to the following topics:
-- five senses -- the earth
-- plants -- weather & seasons
-- animals -- things that move
Incorporated throughout our kindergarten program are many opportunities for real life social studies experiences.
Children will have the opportunity to find out about their roles as classmates, family members and neighbors.
Children will have the opportunity to celebrate favorite people, places and times.
The children will learn about God and their Catholic faith through the experience of instruction, prayer and liturgy.
The following topics will be covered:
-- The world is a gift from God. -- We are friends of Jesus.
-- God loves us. -- We live as friends of Jesus.
-- We celebrate special days.
All kindergarteners are expected to practice skills are school and at home: write first and last name the kindergarten way (first letter capital, all others lowercase, formed correctly), memorize phone number & address, identify uppercase & lowercase letters, identify numbers 1-30, write uppercase & lowercase letters correctly, write numbers 1-30 correctly, count to 100, identify letter sounds and read kindergarten sight words. To help practice some of these skills, we have included letter writing guides and all sight words expected to be mastered by June in this packet. Math homework pages will come home on a regular basis. These are to be completed and returned to school the next day. Occasionally, children may have papers that need to be completed at home and these should be returned the next day also. Usually these papers will say Homework or Finish at the top. If some complication arises and homework cannot be returned the next day, please make sure to hand it in as soon as possible. Helping your child complete and return his/her homework lets them know that school and learning is important. It also teaches your child responsibility.
These skills mentioned above should be practiced as we introduce them & begin to work on them at school not all at once. We will inform you as we begin working on the various skills (and you will see these new skills coming home on school work pages). Right now, begin to help your child work on writing his/her name the kindergarten way & learning his/her address and phone number.