Kindergarten 1 (Age: 3 years, 9 months by Sept. 1 )

The K1 class is available to students who have shown increased skill and social development within the Pre-K program. Here, the skills covered in Pre-K are built upon using a combination of whole class, small group and independent activities. 

The K1 curriculum is designed to provide students with a well-rounded early learning experience which prepares them for the expectations of kindergarten.  The K1 program builds a solid foundation for students in all academic areas, as well as, socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

In addition to the core curriculum listed below, K1 students also have weekly classes in art, music, physical education, library, and computer.  There will also be multiple opportunities throughout the school week to learn and explore in our STEAM Mini-Makerspace, specifically designed to foster a love of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math in our youngest learners and develop a foundation of skills essential to 21st century learning.

Curriculum

Reading

The K1 program uses Scott Foresman’s Reading Street and Fountas & Pinnell   Phonemic Awareness guide to build a strong basis of beginning reading skills   including letter recognition and sounds, rhyming, syllable counting, blending letter   sounds, introduction to sight words, comprehension skills, and a love of literature.

Math

The K1 math program focuses on counting, numeral recognition & writing numbers   to 20, patterning, sorting & classifying, 2D and 3D shapes, graphing, and basic   addition & subtraction in a hands-on format that allows students to construct   meaning through concrete experiences.

Handwriting

The K1 uses the Zaner Bloser handwriting program which focuses on correct pencil   grip and letter formation through specific language and the grouping of letters by   similar strokes

Social Studies

The K1 social studies program focuses on family, friends, school experiences &   rules, community, traditions, significant people & events in history, state & country   symbols, and basic map skills.  These topics are taught both as stand alone lessons   and weaved throughout the entire curriculum.  The Let’s Find Out weekly series by   Scholastic further enhances this program.

Science

The K1 science curriculum focuses on exploring the wonders of the world   through   open-ended exploration and guided experimentation.  Students are encouraged to   ask questions, make predictions, experiment to discover, and reflect on their   discoveries.  Non-fiction literature selections, the  Let’s Find Out weekly series by   Scholastic, and exploration in the S.T.E.A.M.  Mini Maker’s Space further enhances   these experiences.

Religion

The K1 program uses the faith-based Exploring God’s Gift curriculum by Sadlier   publishers to introduce students to the idea of God’s presence in the world and   their lives.  Emphasis is placed on the belief that each individual is a gift from God   to the world and kindness, compassion, and love makes the world a better place   for all.