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.
We concentrate on letter recognition and letter sounds within the framework of our curriculum. Our program addresses all core components, such as phonics, spelling, reading and writing in an integrated and logical format. The children are surrounded with language experiences including writing stories, making books, listening, drama, music, journals, poetry and more.
Math in Focus is an engaging and comprehensive math curriculum that aligns with the Common Core State Standards. Students are taught fewer concepts in greater depth until mastery is reached. Both the concept and its associated skills are taught, so students can understand and make mathematical applications. Visual models help students focus on “why” – an important step in helping students experience mathematics, become fluent with standard mathematical operations, and solve complex problems. Math in Focus keeps problem-solving at the heart of its program.
Our Kindergarten Social Studies curriculum is closely tied to the Religion curriculum. Through the study of our neighbors to the north and south, Canada and Mexico, kindergartners explore other cultures, learn about diversity and gain respect for others. Our school community participates in three service days throughout the year which allows our 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.