Kindergarten

Kindergarten is the transition year between our preschool and lower school. Kindergarten uses many of the same Montessori materials first discovered in preschool in more advanced ways. Kindergarten is the beginning of traditional teacher-led instruction. Students study with a variety of hands-on materials and learning methods.

The curriculum is well integrated. For example, when students learn about the continents, they also learn about different composers, music, dance, zoology of regions, food, clothing, and history. When they study currency, they learn about the history of currency, our presidents, and simple concepts related to economics. Even birthday celebrations include history, geography and astronomy.

Subjects of Study:

Reading
Students will:

  • Identify letters and sounds through different media; they will identify letter names and letter sounds
  • Identify short and long vowel sounds and consonant sounds
  • Distinguish between long and short vowel sounds
  • Recite phonic rules as appropriate to grade level
  • Identify, read and spell basic sight words
  • Use phonics skills to decode words
  • Read on grade level with fluency and accuracy
  • Comprehend what is read aloud
  • Retell a story in sequential order
  • Comprehend what is read silently; provide detailed summary of a story, answer questions and write about a story as appropriate to grade level

Writing
Students will:

  • Form all upper and lower case letters correctly; write letters using correct directionality
  • Form letters in cursive as well as manuscript (using D’Nealian style)
  • Copy words and sentences from the board
  • Use appropriate handwriting skills when writing; i.e., three-finger handgrip when writing

Listening and Speaking
Students will:

  • Maintain sustained attention for a minimum of 25 minutes
  • Follow oral directions
  • Maintain good eye contact
  • Respond appropriately in a group setting
  • Take turns in conversation and ask questions when appropriate (Raise their hand when wanting to speak and wait to be called on)
  • Develop oral presentation skills (show and tell)
  • Use complete sentences when speaking
  • Recite from memory (Recite poems, songs, rules)- Christmas program, Circus, poetry

Math
Students will:

  • Count by rote to 100
  • Demonstrate understanding that numeral symbols represent quantity
  • Use correct vocabulary to interpret a calendar (Know the basic calendar skills, how many days in a week, how many weeks in a month, how many days in a month, how many months in a year, how many days in a year)
  • Demonstrate basic addition and subtraction skills (intro to multiplication and division using Montessori materials)
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of time, measurement and money, appropriate to grade level (Time up to hour and half hour, measuring in inches, money value)
  • Understand basic properties of geometric shapes (Names and characteristics of basic geometric 2D and 3D shapes)
  • Understand that patterns can be made by putting shapes together
  • Interpret graphs (Create bar graphs)
  • Demonstrate understanding of beginning use of fractions, using Montessori materials
  • Demonstrate ability to identify place value up to thousands
  • Learn skip counting using Montessori chains, odds/evens

Religion
Students Will:

  • Focus on God, prayer, the Holy Family, angels, scriptures
  • Listen to Bible stories and the life of Jesus
  • Attend weekly Mass, practice genuflection, and daily prayer time
  • Identify customs in liturgical seasons
  • Attend Atrium on a weekly basis
  • Study the history/geography of Israel, infancy narratives, parables, and introduction to the Bible and Sacraments; particularly Baptism

Social Studies
Students will:

  • Define patriotism, as appropriate to grade level
  • Recite the Pledge of Allegiance, sing patriotic songs
  • Identify the role of an explorer such as Columbus, his route and his ships
  • Identify and use basic components of a map and globe
  • Name the continents and identify them with Montessori colors
  • Identify the North and South Poles and the Equator
  • Make their own world and continent maps
  • Explore early settlements and settlers
  • Learn about different Native American tribes, the Mayflower and Pilgrims’ voyage and early life
  • Identify community helpers
  • Study various forms of transportation
  • Study U.S. Presidents- Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt- their role and significance

Science
Students will:

  • Demonstrate understanding of weather, as developmentally appropriate
  • Identify five senses (involving experiments)
  • Study the human body systems
  • Define and relate seasons to scientific concepts
  • Describe good nutrition and hygiene
  • Identify bodies of water, land formations using Montessori materials
  • Study space and geology, as developmentally appropriate
  • Identify the planets and their properties using Montessori materials
  • Describe hierarchy of needs
  • Compare/contrast carnivores and herbivores, mammals, amphibians, birds, and insects
  • Explore paleontology
  • Identify forms of pollution

Kindergarten students also attend classes in Art, Music, Spanish, Physical Education and media center.