Kindergarten Curriculum

English: Our students learn nouns, verbs, adjectives and subject nouns through lessons and writing. We use the Kinder Grammar curriculum.

Handwriting: Our students learn how to write each letter in both uppercase and lowercase using the Zaner Bloser method.

Phonics/Spelling: Our students master letter identification and sounds, learn short and long vowels, word families, digraphs, blends and vowel teams. Our students also learn approximately 70 sight- and high-frequency words. We use the KinderPhonics and Kinder Word Families approach.

Reading: Our students work in class, in small groups and independently to practice word fluency, sight words, reading strategies, writing, reading to themselves and using technology. They participate in shared poetry and whole-group reading using KinderLiteracy in which they work on vocabulary, comprehension, writing and a craft based on weekly books and book themes. They also participate in an Accelerated Reader program in which they read books,take quizzes on the books as a class, and move toward working independently. We use the Guided Reading and Daily 5 approach.

Religion: Our students learn Old Testament and New Testament Bible stories, the 10 Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, and many songs. We use the Christ Light curriculum.

Social Studies: Our students learn about our country symbols, maps, rules and community helpers. In class, they read the Let’s Find Out newspaper from Scholastic. We use the Kinder Social Studies curriculum.

Spanish: Our students learn basic vocabulary, including colors, numbers, days of the week, seasons, months of the year, animals and household items. They also learn simple conversation.

Writing: Through daily practice, our students learn to express themselves in the written word, starting with shared writing and progressing to complete sentences and writing class stories. They also learn how to communicate through activities such as journal writing and writing a research report.

Art: Our students engage in creative artwork projects that extend their knowledge of the seasons and seasonal celebrations.

Music: Our students sing daily using the piano and smartboard and play along with the songs using instruments such as the tambourine, maracas and triangle. They also learn music theory terms.

Physical Education: Our programs are designed to involve all children, enable them to be more active, incorporate social skills, and emphasize health-related fitness and skill development. We use the SPARK (Sports, Play, and Active Recreation for Kids) Curriculum for our lower grades.

Science: Our students learn concepts such as living and nonliving, habitats, seasons, weather, matter, forces and the moon, and we integrate these subjects into their learning through a STEAM program with projects, coding and robotics. Our students also conduct experiments, using hypothesis and outcomes. We use the Stem Fuss with KinderScience curriculum.

Math: Our students learn how to quantify and measure the world. They focus on number “sense” to 100, addition and subtraction fluency, subitizing to 10, understanding 2D and 3D shapes, telling time to the hour, and money, measuring, patterns, sorting, comparing numbers and problem-solving. We use the KinderMath curriculum.

Others: Our students learn keyboarding skills and visit our school library.

Catechism: Our students study the chief parts of Christian doctrine using Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, the Bible and a weekly workbook that correlates with the chapters of the catechism.

Handwriting: Our students continue practicing cursive lettering with use of Zaner-Bloser worksheets and progress to using regular lined notebook paper.

Memory Work: Each week, our students learn Bible passages and parts of the catechism.

Literature: Our students focus on integrating the arts to make a connection with the reading content. We use a novel lesson books-based curriculum.

American History: Our students learn how our country began and grew. We use the text, U.S. History, Creating America: Beginning to Reconstruction and Reconstruction to present, published by McDougal Littell, 2002.

Spanish: Our students learn Spanish through Duolingo on their Chromebooks. They reinforce online lessons through flashcards and opportunities to speak Spanish throughout the day, including a “Spanish” day dedicated to mostly speaking Spanish.

Spelling: Our students retain, internalize, and transfer valuable spelling knowledge for improved results in all areas of literacy in the classroom and beyond. We use Zaner-Bloser’s Spelling Connections 2012

Language Arts/Writing: Our students participate in forensics, and in particular, develop public speaking skills through a four-minute speech presentation. They also learn through The Shurley Method for language arts, which includes a heavy dose of grammar and writing.

Science: Our students learn science concepts and principles in a hands-on approach. We use the STEM Fuse curriculum.

Math: Our students deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts through smaller, easily assimilated increments are spread across the year. They review and build connections to other “strands” every step of the way. We use the Saxon Math curriculum.

Art: Our students learn studio art techniques, including portrait design, charcoal pencil drawing, sumi-e painting, fundamental watercolor painting, puppet-making, and block printing.

Music: Our students continue participating in handbell and vocal choirs and perform in church, chapel and the Lakeside Lutheran High School Fine Arts Fair, among other opportunities. Students also learn to read music.

Physical Education: Our students learn skills in several sports, including volleyball, cross-country, basketball, archery, track and field, dancing, and softball, in conjunction with cooperative games that emphasize teamwork, problem-solving, and the importance of fair play.