Kindergarten Guide

Reading and Writing (Language Arts)
The kindergarten language arts curriculum is built on standards directed toward fostering students' understanding and working knowledge of foundational reading and writing skills. Kindergartners will learn beginning reading skills relating to letter identification and the alphabetic principle, phonological awareness, phonics and word recognition, concepts of print, reading for meaning, exploring a variety of types of texts, and reading comprehension strategies. Kindergartners will also participate in daily writer’s workshops which will encourage students to write for pleasure, while also teaching students correct letter formation and basic conventions of the English writing system. Instruction in the kindergarten classroom will be differentiated and will strive to build upon each individual student’s strengths, learning styles and skill levels to ensure optimal student growth.

Mathematics
In Kindergarten a consciousness of numbers, number concepts, and number terms is built. An understanding of patterns, addition and subtraction, basic geometry and measurements is developed throughout the year. In addition, math skills are enhanced by a variety of hands-on experiences.

Science & Social Studies
Five and six year olds are very inquisitive. They like to look, smell, touch, and listen. Activities in kindergarten stimulate these senses. They find out what things are, why they are here, and how they operate. Students are taught about our world and the people in it in a manner which is appropriate for kindergartners. We strive to bring these subjects to life with use of engaging character teachers, such as "Dr. Science" who comes in full "mad scientist" costume to teach kids about science concepts through fun, hands-on experiments. Jesus Time Everyday begins with Jesus Time, a time to focus on God, who He is and what He has done through Jesus Christ. The Christian kindergarten helps develop an increasing love for and knowledge of God our Father and Jesus our Savior. Through stories, songs, and prayers, we strive to help your child lead a life pleasing to the Lord. In addition to classroom study, children also attend chapel services every Wednesday. 

Social Skills
Proper school behavior, listening skills, following directions, and sharing are practiced daily along with other appropriate social skills essential for success in school and in life. Through play and practice your child learns to share responsibility, gain patience, and discover empathy. 

Fine Arts
Creative expression through music, art, and games is taught throughout classroom time. Children have biweekly classes in music appreciation taught by our music teacher, Mrs. Andrea Trampe. Students have the option of supplementing classroom instruction with choirs, strings, and band instruction beginning in 2nd grade. Lessons in art expression are taught through experimentation with materials such as clay, crayons, paper, paste, and paint. An art appreciation program, Artist of the Month, is held each month in which students learn about famous artists and re-create famous works of art. These masterpieces are put on display in our classroom "Kinder Gallery.”  

Technology & Computer Education
St. Peter’s has a lab with 30 computers as well as computers in every classroom. Kindergarten uses iPads and iPods daily. We use them during morning literacy centers and also in Math Stations daily. Through classroom work and free time integral computer skills, programs and concepts are taught at all levels.


Kindergarten Schedule

7:50-8:10 Student Arrival
8:10  Attendance, Lunch Count, Etc.
8:15  Morning Announcements
8:25  Jesus Time
8:45  Minds in Motion
9:00  Language Arts (Reading)
9:45  Snack
10:00 Math
10:30 Recess
11:00 Science/Social Studies/Computer Lab/Physical Education (Rotations)
11:40 Lunch
12:15 Writer’s Workshop
1:00  Afternoon Recess
1:20  Teacher Read Aloud / Rest Time
1:40  Group Time! (Whole Group)

1:50 Reader’s Workshop/Math Stations/Fun Friday
M/W - Math Stations: During this time, students rotate through a series of 14 math game and skill stations with a learning partner. Stations are designed to give students the opportunity to practice, extend and expand upon math skills taught during teacher directed and/or teacher supported learning activities. Math stations are designed in a rotation type of series, so that when students have completed all 14 current stations, completely new stations are rotated in to ensure progressive skill growth and novelty.
T/TH - Reader’s Workshop: During this time, students work in small groups as they rotate through a variety of hands-on, interactive literacy centers in which they practice, extend and expand upon literacy skills taught during teacher directed and/or teacher supported learning activities. Reader’s Workshop stations are specifically designed for multiple student skill levels in order to meet the needs of each child. Students also meet daily with the teacher for guided reading and for skill specific/student need based small group and individualized instruction during this time.
Fridays - Friday Literacy Fun Days! During this time every Friday, the class will be immersing themselves in a specific outstanding children’s book. Class activities will be based around the “book of the day” and will include a variety of cross-curricular, fun-packed learning opportunities such as field trips, cooking experiences, science experiments and more!

3:00 Daily News (Interactive Writing)
3:10 School Announcements/Prepare for Dismissal
3:15-3:40  Dismissal


LEAP
Literacy Enrichment and Achievement Program (LEAP) is a kindergarten enrichment program that is offered in the afternoon every school day and operates as an extension to the morning kindergarten session. LEAP provides additional instruction and learning opportunities that are designed to enrich and expand upon the literacy skills that children learn in their core kindergarten program.

St. Peter’s LEAP was uniquely designed to allow each child to reach his or her highest potential. We seek to supplement the traditional kindergarten curriculum with an individualized learning program full of hands-on activities designed to develop each child’s character, concentration, socialization and work habits in addition to strengthening each student’s essential early literacy skills.

This enrichment is designed for ALL kindergarten aged children...from those requiring extra instruction and practice on basic literary skills to those who come to us with advanced skills and wish to be challenged.

LEAP is rooted in small group and individualized instruction for students where the teacher tailors instruction to the students’ individual learning styles and skill levels. The instructional approach ensures that children are taught in such a way that learning is personal, functional, enjoyable and developmentally appropriate. The framework of this program curriculum is unified and integrated through stimulating, creative and fun learning activities.