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Nursery Curriculum

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The goal of our Nursery program is to instill in our youngest students a sense of discovery and awareness of God’s love and the world around them.  Students will learn to play and share with others, to coordinate actions and develop skills, and to build positive attitudes about themselves and their relationships with others.

Our program includes a balance of quiet and busy activities including a period of “free play” where the children may choose their own activities.  Self-expression and creativity are encouraged through the use of building blocks, paints, crayons, and play-doh.  Students develop cognitive skills as they work with table games, puzzles, beads, and other manipulatives.  Gross motor skills are addressed through movement activities, and outdoor play.  During Circle Time, alphabet awareness, number concepts, colors, shapes, and seasonal and holiday activities are introduced and reinforced.  

Language Skills

  • Follow simple instructions

  • Ask and answer questions

  • Describe experiences and events

  • Describe functions of objects

  • Acquire basic knowledge of self and culture

  • Respond to differences about similarities and differences of shapes and objects

  • Develop vocabulary for expressing observations

  • Listen and respond to stories

  • Alphabet Awareness

Math and Sensory-Perceptual Skills

  • Sort, match and name a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes

  • Recognize and name a variety of pictured locations

  • Classify pictures by categories

  • Recognize similarities and differences in a variety of pictures        

  • Retell the events of a story in sequence

  • Identify pairs of words that rhyme

Motor Skills

  • Perform hopping and jumping tasks

  • Move expressively to music

  • Follow a walking pattern

  • Throw and catch a large ball

  • Reproduce a rhythm pattern

  • Sequencing

  • Manipulate equipment

  • Spoon and poor certain substances (sand, water, etc.)

  • Discriminate through touching various textures, shapes, and sizes

  • String beads

Interpersonal Skills

  • Cooperate with others in the classroom by following rules, helping to establish rules, and by learning to modify rules when necessary

  • Share and take turns

  • Participate in classroom discussions and activities

  • Help with tasks such as clean-up, serving snack, etc.

  • Express feelings related to events as they arise in the classroom

  • Develop positive self-esteem

  • Attend to tasks for increasingly longer periods of time

  • Critically evaluate his/her own work

  • Work independently

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Religion

Students learn about the wonder of God and the joy of our Catholic Faith. Our religion book, Discovering God’s World, teaches students about God’s gifts of people, our world, ourselves and our families. Students participate in activities that help them to realize that life is special and new life is all around them.  They learn to make the Sign of the Cross, pray the Our Father and Hail Mary. They read stories and participate in activities that teach religious values.  In addition, Seeds, the magazine, is utilized so that our students can learn about Sunday’s Gospel each week.


OWL Reading Series by Pearson

Our Reading Series is an interdisciplinary program designed to develop oral language and early literacy skills for our Pre-K students.


Language Arts

Students develop oral language and early literacy skills which include listening, speaking, writing, reading, thinking, media and language skills. Language Arts focuses on the alphabet, phonological awareness and introduces a wide range of vocabulary words.  Students also learn to recite the alphabet; identify upper and lower case letters; consonant sounds; recognize/print first name; answer questions about a story; and identify sequencing of pictures and events within a story. Students are engaged in higher order thinking skills such as cause/effect and prediction.


Handwriting

Our Universal Handwriting, workbook focuses on visual discrimination, eye-hand coordination and basic skills for writing readiness. Correct grasp is taught to children as they develop their fine motor muscles. Students learn to use journals, beginning with pictures and later developing labels/writing.


Math

Students learn to recognize basic colors, shapes and numbers 1-20. Students also learn patterns; sorting by color, size and shapes; and graphing.  Basic addition and subtraction are introduced as well. Students learn to use several manipulatives to help develop conceptual mathematical ideas.


Social Studies

Students engage in seasonal activities to understand the meaning of the various seasons.  They also learn about our country, the president, our community, holidays and traditions.  The Pledge of Allegiance is recited in the classroom every day.


Science

Students learn about themselves and the changing world around them.  They identify body parts, learn about their senses, emotions and good health habits.


Art

Students are given the opportunity for creative expression.  They create seasonal crafts using different media such as crayons, markers, colored pencils, paint and watercolors.  Lacing and beading are also activities used to develop fine motor skills.

Music

Students participate in singing songs, finger play, dramatic play, dance, and movement to music.


Technology

Smartboards and 1:1 iPads are utilized to help animate and create interactive lessons in all disciplines.

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Kindergarten is a year of spiritual, academic, and social growth!

Religion

Religion and the practice of our faith is what makes us unique as a Catholic School.  Our students grow, share, and celebrate God’s love for them every day!   Our kindergarteners  start and end each day with prayer, and attend monthly school Liturgies with their 8th grade Mass buddies.  The Saints, the Church Seasons, the Liturgical Year and Holydays are emphasized throughout the year.

English Language Arts

The Kindergarten ELA program focuses on developing foundational skills in reading, speaking and listening, writing, and the acquisition of basic language skills.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes), and use Big Books and Trade books to reinforce high frequency words, word families, nouns, verbs and adjectives.  Students will begin to write words followed by writing short sentences.  

Mathematics

Kindergarten mathematics is about representing, relating, and operating on whole numbers, and describing shapes and space. Students will participate in hands-on experiences to learn and reinforce number sense, counting to 100, addition, subtraction, measurement and data, and problem-solving utilizing the Common Core based Go Math series.  

Social Studies

In kindergarten, students study “Self and Others” while exploring various cultures, communities, and families. Students will learn about similarities and differences between children, families, and communities and about holidays, symbols and traditions that unite us as Americans. Students learn about respect for others, and rights and responsibilities of individuals.

Science

  Our Kindergarten students observe plants, animals, insects, weather, the four seasons, and the environment.  Hands-on activities with magnets, water (sink/float), and rocks allow the students to observe and record their findings.  The students will learn about the different properties of matter as they examine materials such as paper, wood, metal, cloth, and plastic.

 

Technology

Smartboards are utilized daily in the classroom, as well as iPads. Our students work with programs that enhance their reading, math and keyboard skills.

 





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