Initially, kindergarten students review consonant and short vowel sounds. Learning progresses with the introduction of consonant-vowel-consonant combinations, long vowel sounds, digraphs, and blends. In late fall, students are assessed for phone master and reading fluency. From that point, level based reading groups are established and each group progresses through a series of phonetic readers. These readers are designed to build reading confidence while gradually introducing new phonetic combinations and sight words. Throughout this process, kindergarten students learn sentence structure and are introduced to the writing process. Kindergartners also begin learning the elements of a story, including setting, characters and plot.
During the second semester, kindergartners begin weekly spelling lessons. Spelling words are intended to further develop phonetic awareness. Additionally, students are challenged to form simple sentences containing spelling words as another means of exploring the writing process. Students are introduced to punctuation, noun-verb agreement and the differences between statements, questions and exclamations.
The curriculum offers an introduction to basic mathematical concepts designed to establish a firm foundation for further mathematical learning. Basic principles of addition, subtraction, currency, geometry, patterns, graphs, measurement, and time are presented throughout the year. Each lesson consists of interactive learning, manipulatives, demonstrations, or games, as well as a written component. Students are challenged to arrive at conclusions through multiple means.
Beginning with family unit, kindergarten students are introduced to the concept of community. As understanding of their role in the community increases, students are taught about the various facets of community and the people that form a community. Eventually, kindergarten students are taught the basics of city, state, and national government. Students then learn about the United States, its history, symbols and traditions. We focus on some of our nation's great leaders, including Lincoln and Washington. In addition, kindergarten students learn about different countries and their culture and traditions.
Students explore, observe, ask questions and discuss how God's world works. Developing curiosity about and appreciation of God's creation occurs through introduction to a wide range of topics including the human body, matter, magnets, animals, habitats, weather, seasons and plants.
Students are taught proper formation, placement and spacing of upper and lower case letters and number using D'Nealian characters.
Old and New Testament lessons are highlighted to encourage a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and to emphasize the value of godly character. Kindergartners are taught Biblical truth through stories, songs, crafts, and weekly memory verses. Students are given the opportunity to demonstrate Christ's love through participation in several school sponsored service projects.