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KINDERGARTEN: CURRICULUM

We teach Religion, Math, Reading, Writing, Science, and Social Studies.  We teach using a multi-sensory approach across the curriculum.  In addition to the core subjects, students have Physical Education, Music, Art, Computers and Library on a weekly basis.


Religion:

Strand 1: Message:

God the Father is the Giver of Life.  The children will experience God's goodness and love by using their senses and feelings.  God gave His Son, Jesus, to teach us how to love God and others.  Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to help us know, love and serve Him.  God has created us in His own image and likeness

Strand II: Message:

Children are developing an awareness of the Presence of God in their everyday lives.  Children learn that prayer is talking and listening to God.  Children participate in activities and recite prayers during the Liturgy and other religious experiences.  Children are introduced to Bible stories that tell of God's love for each of us.

Strand III: Community:

Church is a gathering of God's people who listen to God's stories and Holy Words, participate in celebration, receive the gift of Jesus and offer thanks.  We become members of this community through Baptism.  Children use experiences of family relationships to begin to understand the larger faith family, the church, as God's family.  God made each family unique.  We are all equal yet different.  Lessons center around the responsibilities we have toward God and family.

Strand IV: Service:

Loving God means caring for and showing responsibility to family, friends, parish and world communities.  The child will learn and practice the skills of respect, kindness, manners and inclusiveness to friends, family and local community.  The terms justice and peace are introduced and related to family and school examples.


Language Arts:

Literature:

The Common Core Standards in Literature offer a focus for instruction each year and help ensure that students gain adequate exposure to a range of texts and tasks. Rigor is also infused through the requirement that students read increasingly complex texts through the grades. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year's grade-specific standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades.

Foundational Skills: 

These standards are directed toward fostering students' understanding and working knowledge of concepts of print, the alphabetic principle, and other basic conventions of the English writing system. These foundational skills are not an end in and of themselves; rather, they are necessary and important components of an effective, comprehensive reading program designed to develop proficient readers with the capacity to comprehend texts across a range of types and disciplines. Instruction should be differentiated: good readers will need much less practice with these concepts than struggling readers will. The point is to teach students what they need to learn and to discern when particular children or activities warrant more or less attention.

Writing: 

The Writing standards offer a focus for instruction each year to help ensure that students gain adequate mastery of a range of skills and applications. Each year in their writing, students should demonstrate increasing sophistication in all aspects of language use, from vocabulary and syntax to the development and organization of ideas, and they should address increasingly demanding content and sources. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year's grade-specific standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades. The expected growth in student writing ability is reflected both in the standards themselves and in the collection of annotated student writing samples.

Speaking and Listening: 

The Speaking and Listening Standards for K–5 offer a focus for instruction each year to help ensure that students gain adequate mastery of a range of skills and applications. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year's grade-specific standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades.

Language: 

The Language Standards for grades K–5 offer a focus for instruction each year to help ensure that students gain adequate mastery of a range of skills and applications. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year's grade-specific standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades. Beginning in grade 3, there are many skills and understandings that are particularly likely to require continued attention in higher grades as they are applied to increasingly sophisticated writing and speaking.

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Math

In Kindergarten, instructional time should focus on two critical areas:

Representing and comparing whole numbers, initially with sets of objects;Describing shapes and space. More learning time in Kindergarten should be devoted to number than to other topics.

Counting and Cardinality:

Know number names and the count sequence.Count to tell the number of objects.Compare numbers.

Operations and Algebraic Thinking:

Understand addition as putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from.

Number and Operations in Base Ten:

Work with numbers 11-19 to gain foundations for place value.

Measurement and Data:

Describe and compare measurable attributes.Classify objects and count the number of objects in each category

Geometry:

Identify and describe shapes.Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.

Mathematical Practices:

Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.Reason abstractly and quantitatively.Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.Model with mathematics.Use appropriate tools strategically.Attend to precision.Look for and make use of structure.Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

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Science

These are the science disciplines: Earth and space sciences, physical sciences, and life science. Overlaying all the content standards and embedded in each discipline are science inquiry and applications. These are the overarching ideas that connect the strands and the topics within the grades. Themes illustrate a progression of increasing complexity from grade to grade that is applicable to all the strands.

The Common Core Standards and Model Curriculum for Science Education serve as a basis for what all students should know and be able to do in order to become scientifically literate citizens equipped with knowledge and skills for the 21st century workforce and higher education. Ohio educators are provided with the content and expectations for learning upon which to base science curriculum at each grade level. The PreK-8 documents are designed to provide guidance for educators who have the responsibility to teach science to Ohio students.

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