Kindergarteners learn the basics of reading and writing through sight words, word families, phonics stories, and hands-on activities. They begin the year discussing experiences, dictating words, and hearing and retelling stories as they engage in Show and Tell, shared reading time, and shared writing. As the year progresses, shared reading and writing become independent reading and writing and are the language focus for the spring semester. Readers are sent home regularly to practice reading with parents.Resources for language include BJU Kindergarten Beginnings With Phonics and various trade books.
The kindergarten math program is based on hands-on activities that help students gain a strong understanding of the concept of number. Students explore the concepts of numeration, patterns, shape, operations (addition and subtraction), probability, measurement, geometry, statistics and graphing. Daily calendar math, graphing, estimation, and measurement activities allow the children to explore the uses and functions of numbers in a wide variety of environments. Our kindergartners experience hands on math lessons from Pearson Envison 2.0, Math Their Way, Sunshine Math and Creative Mathematics resources.
Kindergarten uses an interdisciplinary approach that links social studies to the language arts program. The focus in social studies is discovering people, places, traditions and our role in and connection to the world. Social Studies is presented thematically through a variety of experiences, resources, and technology. Students learn about themselves, their body, friends, family, and community through teacher designed units that often incorporate special trips and activities including field trips to the HOT Fair and Woodway Public Safety department.
The kindergarten science program places prime emphasis on processes and skills. Students observe, classify, measure, estimate, control variables, gather, record and interpret data, compare, and generalize as they learn about the world around them. Concepts include plants, animal, insects, lifecycles, weather, matter, and seasons. Students participate in activities such as planting seeds, making butter, weighing and measuring pumpkins, collecting insects, and more.
The kindergarten health program teaches good health habits and practices on a daily basis as well as through science and social studies units such as Me and My Body, Community Helpers, and Nutrition.
In addition to weekly Chapel services, Bible is a classroom subject. Using a non-denominational Christian curriculum, kindergarten students memorize verses, study Bible stories, and participate in discussions and activities on Biblical character traits.
Kindergarten music focuses on student singing, rhythmic movement, and playing of simple instruments. Students also learn music for special presentations. Music curriculum resources are Texas Spotlight on Music and Music Express.
In kindergarten, students continue to be introduced to a wide variety of mediums. Students also learn how to take care of the tools they use in art, as well as how to positively affirm their classmates’ artwork. Principles of art include color, texture, line and value.
Kindergarten physical education emphasizes basic movement, gross motor development, introduction to boundaries and spatial awareness, introduction of basic skills such as throwing, kicking, catching, and striking.
Students attend Library each week and are exposed to a wide variety of authors and illustrators. In addition to learning how to check out their own books, Kindergartners learn the different locations of the library, and they listen and respond to literature.
Kindergarten students begin to understand the components of a computer, develop mouse skills, begin learning the keyboard, and navigate through content related games and activities. They also learn to navigate the Ipad as they work with content related apps.
HEB – As part of the unit on Nutrition, Kindergarten students visit the grocery store to learn about basic food groups and healthy eating habits.
HOT Fair – Students visit the fair as they learn about life on the farm.
Pumpkin Patch – The Pumpkin Patch is a fun trip that helps students learn about growing food on a farm. They listen to stories and go on a hay ride, too.
Department of Public Safety – Fireman and policemen teach our kindergartners about their jobs and the importance of community helpers.
Cameron Park Zoo – In the spring, students learn about animals and their habitats.
Steven Fite Concert--Students attend this fun concert designed for especially for young learners.
A Few Extras
Jog-a-thon – Students participate in a school wide fundraiser by asking friends and family to pledge a donation amount for laps run around our track. During the day, kids cycle through many fun and exciting stations including bounce houses, karate lessons, team building games, and more.
Variety Show – Variety Show is a fun, school wide evening dinner event where classes perform a song and dance.
Project Tornado – Rusty Garret, weatherman from the KWTX television station, comes to teach us about weather safety.
Harvest Chapel – Students in Pre-K through second grade perform songs of thanksgiving during our chapel time.
Thanksgiving Dinner--Kinder students dress as pilgrims and enjoy a meal with the Native Americans.