Kindergarten

Kindergarten is an exciting time for both children and parents. The School of Saint Mary offers a full day of kindergarten with a focus on learning the school routine, organization and fun. The morning begins with calendar time where students will learn the seasons, patterns, counting, weather, place value, and money. Following calendar time, the morning will consist of snack, unstructured play and center rotations. Center rotations cover language, math, listening, writing, art, computer, pretend and critical thinking. Afternoons include religion, nap/quiet reading, art, music, physical education, library and computer.

Curriculum

Language Arts

  • Phonemic awareness, letter names, sound-letter correspondences
  • Listening skills
  • Handwriting
  • Vocabulary and rhyming
  • Learning simple words by sight and decoding skills
  • Book and print awareness, familiarity with literature
  • Speaking skills

Mathematics

  • Counting
  • Comparing
  • Sorting and ordering objects
  • Quantities, shapes, patterns, and measurement
  • Simple addition and subtraction

Science

  • Beginning Scientific Investigations
  • Exploration of force, motion and matter
  • Understanding of living and nonliving
  • Determine the different types of plants and animals that inhabit the Earth
  • Observe, describe and measure the various types of weather

Social Studies

  • Learn about important people in history
  • Explore the geographic characteristics of home, school and community
  • Learn the responsibilities of a good citizen
  • Understand that people do different jobs

Religion

  • Learn that God is our loving creator and that creation is an expression of God’s love
  • Discover that Jesus is the greatest gift of creation
  • Recognize the Bible as a special book
  • Learn to recite the Hail Mary and Grace Before Meals prayers
  • Understand that each person’s body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and is worthy of respect and love
  • Understand prayer more fully

Enrichment

  • Art
  • Music
  • P.E.
  • Library
  • Computer
  • Spanish

Special activities and celebrations

  • One Hundredth Day of School
  • Show and Tell
  • Grandmother Spider comes to tell stories
  • Special time with 6th grade buddies (6th graders act as mentors to the kindergarten and sit with them during the Friday all school Mass)
  • Adoration