English and Language Arts
Students learn how to read, write and listen through various types of instruction. Students learn to identify all upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet. As students work through the Language Arts curriculum they increase their vocabulary and concept development, decoding skills, word recognition and reading comprehension. Leveled reading is introduced to each student after assessment. Zoo-Phonics is used to strengthen students' phonetic awareness and phonics skills though a kinesthetic approach to reading, writing and spelling. Literature is an essential component of instruction in kindergarten.
History & Social Studies
Students will learn why it is important to follow rules and what it means to be a good citizen. Students are introduced to symbols of our state and our country, as well as symbols and signs that they might see in their neighborhood. They will discuss the jobs that are important in our community, jobs their parents may have, and what they want to be when they grow up. Students will be introduced to location by learning to find things on a map or a globe, and to identify things in their neighborhood or school. Students will begin to explore the concept of time by using and interpreting a calendar. Students will learn from times past by discussing holidays and traditions, reading about important people in history and identifying how things have changed.
Students will be focusing on the following Common Core Math Standards:
- Counting and Cardinality
- Counting to 100 by tens and ones
- Writing numbers from 0-20
- Identifying greater than, less than, equal to
- Representing a number of objects with a written numeral
- Operations and Algebraic Thinking
- Represent addition and subtraction problems within 10 using objects or drawings
- Fluently add and subtract within 5
- Number and Operations in Base Ten
- Compose and decompose numbers from 11-19 into ones and some further ones
- Measurement and Data
- Describe length and weight of objects
- Classify objects into categories
- Correctly identifies shapes
- Correctly distinguishes between two and three dimensional shapes
- Builds shapes from components
Students will demonstrate reading readiness by:
- Identifying upper and lowercase letters
- Recognizing letter and sound relationships
- Reading simple one-syllable and high frequency words
- Using picture/context clues
- Hearing and using rhyming patterns
- Understanding sequencing
- Identifying the front cover, back cover, and title page of a book
- Recognizing the left to right, top to bottom directionality of print
- Blending vowel-consonant sounds orally to make words or syllables
- Retelling familiar stories
- Reading and understanding grade level material
- Retelling stories aloud
- Recognizing the beginning, middle, and end of a story
- Identifying characters, settings, and important events
Students will demonstrate writing readiness by:
- Tracing words and letters to develop fine motor skills
- Printing letters and words on lined paper
- Writing first and last names using upper and lower case letters on lined paper
- Writing the appropriate letter for initial and ending sounds
- Blending sounds to write words
- Using creative and grade-level spelling
- Completing writing journals and ABC journals that record thoughts and ideas using recognizable letters and words
Students will demonstrate readiness with listening and speaking skills by:
- Listening without interrupting
- Following one and two-step oral directions
- Listening respectively to the ideas and opinions of others
- Listening attentively during instructions and activities
- Participating in class discussions
- Reciting prayers, poems, and songs
- Speaking clearly
- Sharing ideas with the class and responding to questions
- Using polite words when speaking
Handwriting: Students will be learning basic manuscript strokes, letters and numerals. Even in today's digital world, handwriting skills are critical to students' academic success. There is a strong connection between handwriting proficiency and literacy. (https://www.zaner-bloser.com/zaner-bloser-handwriting?qt-view__product_specific_menu__block=4#qt-view__product_specific_menu__block) Students will be practicing using a proper pencil grip and working hard to form letters and numbers correctly.
Phonics: Students will be taught carefully sequenced skills that include print knowledge, alphabet awareness, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, fluency, and spelling. Critical thinking, speaking and listening skills are practiced during story time activities.
Reading Workshop: Students will participate in Reading Workshop each day. Reading Workshop starts with a mini lesson, which focuses on teaching children various reading strategies. Students will then spend time reading with a partner, reading independently, and joining back together for what is called the group share. Students will participate in guided reading and confer with the teacher during this time block. The children will “book shop” once a week from the classroom library, choosing “just right books” at their reading level, as well as books that they choose on their own.
Writing Workshop: Students will participate in Writing Workshop each day. During Writing Workshop, the teacher acts as a mentor author, modeling writing techniques and conferring with students as they move through the writing process. Students will be learning to write at least three types of text: narrative, opinion, and information texts. They will also be introduced to early versions of revision and editing.
Religion: Students will identify that God is a loving creator. They will learn about the Holy family and that Mary is the mother of God. Students will listen to and retell bible stories, as well as listen to stories read at Mass. Students will identify customs and liturgical seasons and participate in special masses throughout the school year. Students will learn about character, compassion, and values. Students will recognize needs of the poor and the importance of service to others in need in our community.
Social Studies: Students will learn why it is important to follow rules and what it means to be a good citizen. Students are introduced to symbols of our state and country, as well as symbols and signs that they might see in their neighborhood. They will discuss the jobs that are important in our community, jobs their parents may have, and talk with members of their community about their roles and responsibilities. Students will be introduced to location by learning to find things on a map or globe, and to identify places in their neighborhood or school. Students will begin to explore the concept of time by using and interpreting a calendar. Students will learn from times past by discussing holidays and traditions, reading about important people in history and identifying how things have changed.
Science: Students will be exploring materials in our world, investigating trees and weather, and comparing structures and behaviors of animals using the FOSS (Full Option Science System) from the Lawrence Hall of Science. Students will observe and compare the difference between solids, liquids, and gasses. Students will be introduced to different types of plants and animals that inhabit the earth, as well as discuss that the earth is made up of air, land, and water. Students will participate in STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) activities once a month.
Students will begin to recognize that they are all children of God and that God loves them very much. Students will learn that God made all things. Students will learn that God made all people special and unique. Students will become aware of special times of the church year such as Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, etc. Students will learn prayers such as the Our Father, the Hail Mary, our St. Gregory School Prayer and Grace before Meals. We will pray to God as a class everyday for things we are thankful for as well as for others who are in need. Students will participate in service learning opportunities as a class.
Students will sort objects, learn how things move, and discuss how people use tools to help things work. Students will discuss the weather and the seasons and will keep track of our weather with a daily weather graph. They will learn about different kinds of animals, how they grow and move, the body parts of animals, and what body coverings they have. Students will learn about the earth’s air, land and water. We will learn about the parts of a plant and what plants need to grow. Students will participate in science experiments. They will make observations and predictions.
Foreign Language - Spanish
Spanish class begins with greetings, prayers, and today’s weather and date. The students will learn all of the following and more: days of the week, months of the year, terms for the weather, letters of the alphabet, numbers, and parts of the body, through repetition. The student learn new vocabulary every week through music and games and start to develop small sentences in Spanish.