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.
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.
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.
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 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.