The kindergarten curriculum is aligned with the diocesan guidelines and Pennsylvania State Academic Standards.
Students learn to develop a love and appreciation for God’s goodness. Children learn about and participate in activities related to the liturgical year.
Reading skills are fostered by encouraging students to develop an interest in literature and a desire to read.
Students are introduced to fiction and nonfiction stories and the elements contained in each such as characters, setting, problem and solution in fiction stories and table of contents, charts and indexes in nonfiction stories. They are taught to do picture walks and formulate predictions. Recognition of letters and sounds and the blending of the sounds are emphasized. Phonemic awareness and segmentation are stressed. Students learn to read and write words and sentences. Daily 5 is initiated in late fall and the students become engaged in Word Work, Journal Writing, Read to Self, Listening to Books and Guided Reading groups.
Students are taught to classify and sort objects, analyze patterns and graphs, identify 2D and 3D shapes, recognize one to one correspondence and numerals, add and subtract and problem solve. They learn to count to 100 by ones, twos, fives and tens. They are introduced to telling time and identifying and counting money. .
Students are introduced to science experiments and formulate hypotheses. They learn about living and nonliving things and journal life cycle changes in living things. Kindergarten students participate in Science Lab on a bi-weekly basis.
Students learn about important events in history and holidays in America. Topics include Johnny Appleseed, Martin Luther King, Groundhog’s Day, Presidents’ Day and Earth Day.
In September after reading several versions of the Gingerbread Man story, the children go on a gingerbread man hunt throughout their new school to discover the PLC (Primary Learning Center) Gym, PLC Library, PLC Computer Lab and the PLC Office. They discover the guidance office and the two principals’ offices. Each Kindergarten student participates in Music, Gym, Library, Computer and Guidance classes weekly. At Halloween the students dress in costume and participate in a PLC parade around the STM Church grounds inviting family and friends to come watch! The children visit Seiple’s Farm in the fall and pick pumpkins. Christmas brings a busy time for Kindergarten. We bake cookies with our parents, have a Polar Express pajama day and go to Santa’s Workshop presented by our STM eighth graders. The children mark the 100th Day of School by participating in special activities that center around the number 100. Kindergarten takes a second field trip in May to the Crayola Factory. We participate in the school wide Chancellor Games, a field day. At the end of the year, the girls and boys prepare for Kindergarten Celebration, a special prayer service that features each of the classes sharing a song and poem.
Technology Highlights, Projects, and Special Events
All students have an iPad, enriching and individualizing the learning experience through hands on activities that prepare them to be literate and responsible citizens in a 21st century world. Teachers use electronic whiteboards and multimedia projectors to introduce and develop understanding in all subject areas. Students use a computer-based program, called Imagination Station, which assists them in developing reading skills through individualized instruction. Our math curriculum is enhanced by using First in Math and an app called Bugs and Numbers.