Kindergarten Curriculum Highlights

The Kindergarten Curriculum encourages students to acquire essential skills in developmentally appropriate ways. The Kindergarten program is designed to meet the child where s/he is.  Learning focuses on the development of the individual strengths of each child and provides support in areas of need.

Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Social Studies, and Religion are taught in an integrated fashion rather than in isolation:

  • Experiencing language through poetry, rhymes, drama, chants, and charts throughout the classroom
  • Reading for enjoyment and information
  • Accessing beginning math skills by sorting, counting, measuring, and daily hands-on activities
  • Encountering art as the main means of expression in the early childhood classroom
  • Telling stories, answering questions, and proposing ideas through drawing, painting, and other creative means
  • Expressing music throughout the day as greeting, transition, self expression, and entertainment
  • Finding God in all things; religion permeates our entire day and forms the way that we look at ourselves, each other, and the world

Spanish

  • Discovering a new language and new ways to express themselves
  • Learning vocabulary and basic conversational phrases that are relevant to the age
  • Greeting, singing and dancing
  • Appreciating the value of learning a second language
  • Practicing language skills through stories, songs, games, videos,  and dance
  • Acquiring functional oral Spanish skills by speaking, listening and comprehension
  • Incorporating Catholic traditions and prayers into Spanish instruction

Music and Movement

Music and Movement in Kindergarten is a combination of the music and physical education standards set by the Archdiocese of Washington. The overall emphasis is two-fold:  “Personal Improvement” and “Working Together”

  • Developing eye-hand coordination and cross lateral movement
  • Developing large motor skills (skipping, kicking, running etc.)
  • Developing fine motor skills (holding, catching, pinching, grasping, picking up)
  • Exploring balance and coordination, including yoga
  • Tumbling and rolling
  • Learning the fundamentals of soccer, basketball, floor hockey, frisbee, kickball
  • Playing with hula hoops, scooters
  • Discovering rhythm, beat, tempo, pitch, and tone
  • Celebrating seasons and holidays through music
  • Telling stories with music, and discussing how music is used every day