The students take their first steps on their journey of faith. They learn about God, his love for us, the Bible, the story of creation, prayer, the church, Jesus, and students also learn about Holy Days and Catholic Holidays.
Students learn about concepts of print, (text has meaning, write by moving from left to right and from top to bottom), phonemic awareness (each letter has sound/s), high frequency-words also known as Sight Words (words that occur frequently in text), Reading Comprehension (identify basic facts and ideas in what students have read, heard, or viewed). Students also use comprehension strategies (generating and responding to questions, comparing new information to what is already known). They also listen and respond to stories based on well-known characters, themes, plots, and settings. Students also develop writing strategies to write words and brief sentences. Developing listening and speaking strategies to communicate needs in a clear and coherent way and to convey information in small group and a whole class setting is also important.
Students are taught the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSS). These standards identify the mathematical concepts that students need to learn. In the cluster of Counting and Cardinality, students learn number names and the count sequence. Students count to 100 by ones and tens, count forward beginning from a given number within the known sequence (instead of having to begin at 1), write numbers from 0 to 20, represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0-20 with 0 representing a count of no objects, and they also compare numbers 0 to 20. In the cluster of Operations and Algebraic Thinking, students learn to add and subtract within 10. In the cluster Number and Operations in Base Ten students work with numbers 11-19 to gain foundations for place value. In the Measurement and Data cluster students describe and compare measurable attributes of objects such as length and weight, classify objects and count the number of objects in each category, identify and describe shapes, and analyze, compare, create and compose shapes.
Kindergarteners learn to “think like scientists”. (observe, predict, compare, investigate, communicate)
Life Science: Students learn about plants, what they need to grow (water, sunlight, air, and nutrients from the soil), the different parts, and that certain plants can be used for food. Students learn about animals and that they have certain characteristics, a variety of types, are alike and different. (Mammals, Reptiles, Birds, Fish)
Physical Science: Students will learn about matter and that it can be described by its physical properties, the materials it is made of, and its uses. (Paper, cloth, wood, metal, working with clay, magnets, and certain objects sink or float.) Students will investigate water and that it can change into a solid or liquid and can evaporate, but it is still water.
Earth Science: Students learn about our Earth, different landforms (such as mountains, valleys, and plains.) They will learn water covers most of the Earth’s surface, there are different bodies of water such as rivers, lakes, and oceans, which can be identified by their characteristics. They will also learn about Earth’s resources such as water, trees, and wind. Students will learn about taking care of the Earth and how to recycle and reuse items. Students will learn about the weather such as wind, sun, rain and snow and the seasons.
Students learn about communities, rules, citizenship, and getting along. They will also learn about our national and state symbols (bald eagle, flag, etc) Students will learn about jobs and work that people do at school and in the community. They will learn how you can find things by maps and using terms such as near, far, left, right. They will distinguish between land and water on maps and globes. Students put events in order by using a calendar and ordering days of the week and months of the year. Students will learn about American legends such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Ben Franklin.
Students learn how to operate and navigate around a computer. They begin to understand how to access learning resources and simple software.