Kindergarten Curriculum Overview 

The Kindergarten program at St. John’s Lutheran School works with parents to encourage each child’s spiritual, social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth.  An integrated curriculum involves the child in a variety of experiences.  Learning takes place in many different settings: play experiences, learning centers, small and large groups, cooperative learning, individual assessment and tutorials, free exploration of materials, work stations, and writing experiences.  Kindergarten children also participate in music, library and gym once a week and attend chapel on Wednesday mornings.  Three classroom computers are available for use on a daily basis.
Kindergarten children may be enrolled in either half day (8:45-11:40) or full day (8:45-3:15) classes.  Extended care is available in the morning before 8:30 AM and in the afternoon after 3:15 PM.  Below is a general listing of areas covered in the Kindergarten curriculum. 

RELIGION

Voyages, CPH and the Holy Bible 

While we know that it is the Holy Spirit who works faith in hearts, we have Jesus Time to help children: 
  • Worship and praise God 
  • Learn about God, their Father and His Son, Jesus, through Bible stories 
  • Come to know Jesus as their Savior and best friend who cares for them 
  • Express their growing faith in words and actions and with others 
  • Grow in awe and wonder of all God has created and learn to take care of His creation 

MATH

Saxon Math, 2004 

By the end of Kindergarten students will: 
  • Be able to count with understanding 
  • Sort, compare, and classify objects 
  • Observe and create patterns 
  • Understand and compute by adding and subtracting 
  • Make predictions based on information given 
  • Participate actively in classroom mathematical activities (eg. calendar, weather, day  of week, money, telling time, graphing and measuring) 
  • Identify, read, and write numbers to 30 
  • Count to 100 or higher 
  • Solve simple number stories using addition and subtraction 

MUSIC and ART

Activities are offered to help children: 
  • Find enjoyment in music and art 
  • Learn to approach music and art as gifts from God 
Children attend music class with a music teacher once or twice a week.  Music covered in the classroom includes songs, hymns, movement to music, rhythm instruments, music for enjoyment.  Art activities include crafts, free form, use of materials and equipment.

LANGUAGE ARTS

Storytown, Harcourt Brace, 2007 

The language arts program integrates reading, writing, speaking and listening.  The goals are that 
children: 
  • Be able to read and write the letters of the alphabet 
  • Develop phonemic awareness skills 
  • Recognize beginning and ending sounds in words 
  • Recognize rhyming words 
  • Segment words to hear each sound 
  • Blend sounds together to read and make words 
  • Learn to appreciate good literature and to love reading 
  • Have a beginning sight word vocabulary that they can read and write 
  • Read and write sentences, using sight words and phonetic spelling 
  • Retell and sequence events and stories 
  • Be able to listen, follow directions and express ideas well by speaking, drawing and/or writing 
  • Develop the ability to write confidently using sight words, phonetic and/or inventive spelling 

SCIENCE and SOCIAL STUDIES

Science, Scott Foresman serves as the basis for science activities 

By the end of Kindergarten students will: 
  • Grow in appreciation for God’s creation 
  • Manipulate & observe real materials and phenomena 
  • Learn about the world and the people around them 
Science topics may include: plants and animals, weather and seasons, matter, heat and light, how things move, day and night sky, magnets.  Process skills are also introduced: observation, estimation, predicting, classifying, inferences, investigation and experiment. 
Social Studies topics may include: self-esteem, holidays and celebrations, cooperation, family, friends, citizenship, health topics, basic geography, respect for others, school workers, safety and ecology. 

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

Children participate in gym either once (1/2 day) or twice (full day) a week.  Recess is on non gym days for ½ day students and every day for full day -weather permitting.  Games and movement activities, as well as activities to increase small motor development, are included in the curriculum. 
Activities for physical development are offered to help children: 
  • Coordinate physical movements 
  • Appreciate and care for their bodies 
  • Develop safety habits and good sportsmanship 
  • Play simple games and perform manipulative skills such as throwing, catching, kicking, dribbling