Kindergarten


The Kindergarten program is comprised of three classes with approximately 20 students in each class. In Kindergarten, students develop essential social and communication skills. Kindergartners participate in activities that help them strengthen their abilities to interact with one another appropriately in a classroom setting. Each class is a faith-centered community that strives to strengthen a student's mind, body and heart.

Kindergarten Curriculum

Religion

Our religion curriculum teaches students that they are a unique individual created by God. We read many bible stories, learn about the saints and study Jesus' miracles. We have daily prayer in class, as well as school wide liturgies. We begin at this young age teaching about outreach. Through our teaching, we help develop a sense of respect and love for one another. This is enhanced by lessons taught by our school counselor, Jennifer Moyer Taylor.

Reading

The Fountas and Pinnell Reading Curriculum is a comprehensive reading program that focuses on emergent reading skills, including letter recognition, letter sounds, phonemic awareness, sight word work and more. Teachers use a variety of instructional methods such as shared reading, interactive reading, mini lessons, guided & differentiated reading groups, buddy reading and read to self.

Handwriting

The Handwriting Without Tears curriculum draws from years of innovation and research to provide developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory tools and strategies for teaching handwriting.

Mathematics

GoMath is an engaging, comprehensive math curriculum that is aligned with the Common Core Standards. Students are taught kindergarten math concepts in depth until mastery is reached. Both the concept and its associated skills are taught, so students can understand and make mathematical applications. Teachers use a variety of instructional methods to teach math in kindergarten-- whole group instruction, small group instruction, partner work, games, hands-on manipulatives and more.

Science

Science in kindergarten focuses on life cycles. In particular, students study the life cycle of apples, pumpkins, salmon, and animals. Using the Next Generation Science Standards kit, kindergarteners study, observe and raise bess bugs in the classroom. In late spring, students release salmon that have been raised by the Kindergarten and Fourth Graders into Issaquah Creek.

Social Studies

The Kindergarten Social Studies curriculum is closely tied to the Religion curriculum. Through the study of global neighbors, kindergartners explore other cultures, learn about diversity and gain respect for others. The school community participates in three service days throughout the year which allows students to reach out to others in need. Students contribute to the WestSide Baby, collect non-perishables for St. Mary's Food Bank, and raise money for our sister school in Mombasa, Kenya as well as our sister parish San Bartolome in Arcatao, El Salvador.

Spanish

Our Spanish program begins in Kindergarten. Students learn from the primary school Spanish teacher twice a week. At this level, students are exposed to stories, music, and basic vocabulary.

Technology

Kindergartners visit the St. Joseph Computer Lab once a week to learn basic computer proficiency, beginning with keyboard orientation and typing. Each student ends the school year with a basic understanding of computers and experience with a variety of programs.

A day in the life of a Kindergartner

Ann Carson

Ann Carson

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Vicki Yousoofian

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