1-2The Wonderful World of Kindergarten: Philosophy & Curriculum

The program in Kindergarten seeks to provide age-appropriate experiences that fully develop a student’s God-given potential in an atmosphere that promotes spiritual growth and a positive self-concept.  The schedule features daily routines with structured large-group lessons.  Small-group learning and free-choice activities provide the development of students’ social interactions and promote cooperation.  Students learn standard-based concepts and do skill based activities using fun and creative themes.  While planned activities cover all the core curriculum areas, the students’ faith life, pre-reading/reading skills and a solid math foundation are the most prominent.

Religion

Religion focuses on creation and works towards Christ’s death and resurrection.  Children begin the process of becoming Christ’s disciples.  Memory verses are a regular part of the religion curriculum.  Children and faculty worship together in Chapel each Wednesday morning.

Language Arts

Sing, Spell, Read, and Write is used as our reading/phonics text.  Children learn each letter and sound through songs and jingles.  Once letters and sounds are learned children begin reading.  As part of this program children also practice writing, sequencing and listening.

Math

Math Their Way focuses on patterning, number concepts and recognition, addition, subtraction, money and time and utilizes many “hands-on” manipulatives.

Science

Science is taught from a Christian perspective and includes topics on animals, plants, sounds, heat, light, movement, Earth, weather, and the body.

Social Studies

Children explore the world around them and how we live and work together during social studies.

Computer Time

Children develop computer skills as they engage in age-appropriate educational games in the classroom and computer lab.

Library

Children visit the school library each week to check out books of interest.  Teacher led and individual reading time is included.

Center Time

During Center Time children learn through play and develop decision-making skills as they select centers of interest.  As the year progresses Skill Time is introduced with the children working in small groups that focus on different lessons.

Physical Education

During physical education children learn about exercise through activities such as skipping, hopping, and marching.  Some basic fundamentals of sports such as dribbling a ball and stretching are also included.

Field Trips are coordinated with the curriculum and offer additional learning experiences.

Spanish

Kindergarten students are exposed to Spanish to prepare them for a full course ahead in grades one through six.  Students learn basic greetings, their names, colors, numbers, shapes and other general nouns, verbs, and simple sentences.  Students enjoy learning the language through songs, activities, and art projects.

Art

Children begin learning the elements and principles of art through fun-based projects.  Students will use a wide assortment of materials, watercolor paints, tempera paints, crayons, colored pencils, markers, etc.

Choir

Singing, playing hand percussion instruments, and body movement are emphasized in our choir classes.  Students will participate as a part of the Primary Choir, grades K – 3.  Students will perform as a part the Christmas Concert, Spring Concert, Operetta, and a few times each year at First Lutheran Church.

Educational Philosophy

Ms. Weidler’s educational philosophy is that every student is a unique individual who will be given a positive and productive learning environment in which he/she can feel successful.