Kindergarten Religion gives the student a basic introduction to God, the Church, and to personal prayer, in part through participation in the Mass and the memorization of the Sign of the Cross, the Our Father, the Hail Mary, the Glory Be, and the Angel of God prayer. Emphasis is placed on knowing and loving God, and the dignity of the child made in God's image. The inclusion of the books of stories of our faith and the saints provide opportunity for teaching and discussion with your student.
Early Bird Kindergarten Mathematics (Standards Edition) is an activity based curriculum that is aimed at building a strong foundation in mathematics for students using hands on explorations and fun-filled lessons.
The text that correlates with this course plan, Early Bird Kindergarten Mathematics, introduces the material in a manner that is consistent with the development of children at this age. All concepts are first introduced using concrete examples and hands on explorations. Then, pictorial representations of these same concepts are presented. Lastly the children are able to progress to a more advanced abstract stage, in which only numbers and symbols are used. This Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract model allows the child to interact with the concepts in a more meaningful way. In addition, Singapore Math® is presented in such a way that concepts build on one another. Students will need to master each skill before progressing into the more difficult topics. This approach allows students the chance to revisit topics previously discussed while expanding on the foundation that had been laid in earlier units. It is our hope that you will keep these pedagogical approaches in mind as you choose which activities you will use to teach various lessons.
Kindergarten Mathematics is directed to the development in the student of the capacity to understand the concepts presented in preparation for first grade. Topics covered include numbers from 0-20, time and money, order and place value, fractions and measurement, addition, and subtraction.
Kindergarten Language Arts is directed to the development in the student of the capacity to recognize the letters of the alphabet and their pronunciation and moving on to reading. Phonics K begins very simply and will move very quickly the first few weeks. Open Court Reading is a structured, phonics based reading program that uses colorful picture booklets of 4-6 pages to engage children in the reading process. The student will learn listening and speaking skills, motor skills, visual and auditory discrimination, the letters of the alphabet, sounds of the consonants and short sounds of the vowels, as well as how to combine these sounds to begin reading.
Kindergarten Science gives the student their first look into the beauty of God's wonderful creation. At the kindergarten grade level, science involves the very basic concepts of the natural world around the student. The course, used in conjunction with the Science Experiments Recipe Book to accompany Science and Living in God's World, will help the student begin their journey of scientific inquiry, knowledge, and experimentation. Topics covered include the human body, weather, the seasons, seeds, animals, plants, and the environment.