Our Kindergarten English Language Arts map encompasses literacy, foundational skills, and writing to meet the goals set for kindergarten.We use Wilson Fundations, Voyages in English Grammar and Writing, along with Collins writing to introduce early reading and writing skills to foster lifelong readers and writers. We progress from letter recognition, letter sounds, and sight words, to reading and writing full sentences. Using a variety of literature, the students are able to apply comprehension skills such as summarizing, comparing, and contrasting, and making inferences. Students learn the basic elements of literature, including characters, setting, plot, and solution. After introducing these skills, our students are capable readers and independent writers.
The kindergarten math curriculum encourages students to manipulate, model, and reason with mathematics. The students develop number sense utilizing the Progress in Mathematics curriculum. Though the emphasis is on number sense (composing and decomposing), students are encouraged to share their ideas and use math vocabulary to express their own understandings. Our Mathematics curriculum program fosters a foundation that will spiral into the subsequent grade levels.
Social studies instruction utilizes a cross-curricular approach. We use Time for Kids as an emergent non-fiction source for reading news. As stated in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, "at the preschool and kindergarten level, learning in history and social science is built on children’s experiences in their families, school, community, state, and country." We focus on special people, special celebrations, and holidays in the lives of our students. The purpose of the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten curriculums is to build a foundation for students’ civic awareness while also strengthening our Catholic identity.
Our Catholic identity is a crucial part of our learning and growth during the year. In Kindergarten we utilize the Image of God Series Who Am I? text. Students learn the roles of the Holy Family, Jesus’ teachings, the Saints, and God’s gifts, which are imparted in our lessons through text and teachings. We prepare our students to be prayerful, caring, and appreciative children of God’s world in how they act in and out of the classroom. Students also share their talents in our annual Nativity performance, which is one of the longstanding traditions in our school community.
Kindergarten students explore through hands-on activities and experiments that help them to gain a better understanding of their surroundings. The theme of Kindergarten Science standards, as stated in the Massachusetts Frameworks, focuses on patterns and why/how changes occur in our world. Along with hands-on learning, children develop an understanding of scientific topics through Fiction and Non-fiction Literature. We collect observations from changing weather patterns, states of matter, and what living organisms need and document these utilizing their growing writing and illustrating skills.