Kindergarten

St. John the Baptist Catholic School’s curriculum is based on the school’s mission, philosophies, and Minnesota Standards.

Religion

Sadlier We Believe (2011) is the program used to support our religion curriculum.

We discuss:

  • The gifts God has given us—the world, light, water, land, animals, family, friends, and our senses to help us discover and appreciate his gifts.

  • The church year (ordinary time, Advent, Christmas, Lent, the Tridium and Easter)

  • What Jesus teaches us and how he wants us to show love

  • That Jesus is always our friend

  • Importance of prayer

  • Introduction to the Mass.

We attend the all-school Mass on a regular basis, as well as the school prayer services. St. John’s provides several opportunities throughout the year for participation in service projects.

Language Arts

Houghton Mifflin Journeys(2011) is the program we use to support our language arts curriculum. Skills taught and worked on during the kindergarten include:

  • Letter recognition and sound association
  • Blending sounds into words and separating words into sounds
  • Knowledge of sentence structure (capitalization of the first word, nouns, verbs, tenses, punctuation)
  • Writer’s Workshop
  • Sight words
  • Comprehension skills
  • Building of vocabulary
  • Beginning, ending and middle sound recognition

Mathematics

We use Saxon Math (2008) to support our curriculum. This program makes use of manipulatives to teach and reinforce math skills. It also incorporates the strand theory in which skills are taught and then revisited and reinforced throughout the year.

Skills taught and worked on during the kindergarten year include:

  • Calendar Awareness (months of the year, days of the week, dates/numbers in sequence)
  • Counting by 1’s, 5’s, 10’s to 100
  • Identifying missing numbers (1-100)
  • Identifying , naming, creating, and extending various patterns
  • Identifying shapes
  • Becoming familiar with the value of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters and using this information to count sets of coins and determine which coins are needed to buy objects
  • Identifying and becoming familiar with positional words (over, under, between, etc.)
  • Identifying ordinal positions (fourth, second, etc.)
  • Sorting by similar attributes
  • Solving addition and subtraction problems using manipulatives
  • Identifying time to the hour
  • Weighing and measuring objects using nonstandard units
  • Naming and dividing using fractions (half, one-fourth)
  • Identifying standard shapes in 3-D objects (spheres, cubes, cones, etc.)

Letters are sent home at the end of each unit to inform parents which skills have been taught and to offer activities to be done with the children to reinforce what has been learned.

Science

FOSS (Full Option Science System – 2012) is the source used to support our science curriculum.

Topics studied include:

  • Trees and Weather
  • Materials in Our World
  • Animals Two by Two

This curriculum emphasizes hands-on experiences, observation and recording the observations in a notebook, drawing conclusions based on observation, and logical thinking—among others.

Social Studies

Houghton Mifflin (2008) is used to support our social studies curriculum.

Topics discussed include:

  • Various groups we belong to (family, friends, school, community, etc.)
  • The identification and roles of leaders
  • The rules we need to follow and the purpose of having these rules
  • Identification of various geographical features
  • How money is used and how it has changed through the years
  • Life long ago as compared to today
  • Symbols, leaders, and heroes of our country

Technology

Major Focus:

  • Introduction to Computers
    • How to use a mouse
    • How to use scroll bar
    • How to open/close programs
  • Utilizing software that is math and reading focused.