Kindergarten Curriculum Highlights

Educating the Whole Child

Kindergarten is an introduction to some of the key aspects of doing full-day school.  At Zion-Concord, our commitment to your child allows a smooth, positive introduction to the daily routines of education.  Kindergarten provides your child with an opportunity to learn and practice the essential social, emotional, problem-solving, and study skills that will be utilized throughout the rest of their schooling.  These skills, integrated with our Lutheran faith-based curriculum, will allow your child to receive an outstanding Christian education that prepares them for the upcoming years.

Our Kindergarten program has been very successful, not only for the subject matter that it teaches but also because of the other areas that we focus on.  Our Kindergarten teacher and the team take great pride in each of the following areas:

  • Creating a caring community of learners

  • Having positive relationships between students and teachers helps each child feel like they belong.

  • Creating a classroom that offers materials and interactions that support your child's learning and interests.

  • Utilizing regular assessments to understand what each child knows and what they can do.

  • Using assessments to create activities and experiences so children can continue to thrive.

  • Working hard to build relationships with our school families through communication and feedback

  • Introducing and building a relationship with both the church, stories of the Bible, and a Christian-based learning experience.

What We Learn in Kindergarten

Math

  • Number recognition

  • Count 1 through 120

  • Count by 5s and 10s  to 100

  • 2D and 3D Shapes

  • Colors

  • Beginning estimation

  • Comparing quantities

  • Pattern recognition

  • Same, lesser and greater than

  • Writing numbers 1 – 20

  • Beginning addition and subtraction

  • Counting pennies

  • Measuring longer/shorter, heavier/lighter

  • Measuring with non-standard units

  • Introduction to graphs and interpretation

  • Order position: first, next and last

  • Introduction of fractions

Science

  • Living and non-living things

  • Sink and float

  • Weather and seasons

  • Recycling

  • Five senses and how you learn from them

  • Comparing objects and contrasting (cold/hot, light/heavy etc)

  • Plants and how they grow

  • Animals - various animals, their habitats, how they live etc.

  • Introduction of scientific method

Health

  • Basic concepts of being healthy

  • Recognizing unhealthy and healthy foods

  • Understanding feelings

  • Personal hygiene and dental health basics

  • Personal responsibility for behaviors

Large and Small Motor Skills

  • Balancing on one foot

  • Hoping, skipping, jumping and galloping

  • Using scissors correctly

  • Proper pencil grip

  • Knowing their address

  • Knowing a parent phone number

  • Tie shoes

  • Throwing and catching

Language Arts

  • Tracking while someone reads

  • Beginning writing

  • Use writing and pictures to convey meaning

  • Identify literary concepts (author, illustrator, main character, etc.)

  • Relate prior information to text

  • Expand vocabulary

  • Use language properly  to communicate

  • Write in both uppercase and lowercase letters

  • Introduce different forms of literature

  • Use letter-sound correspondences to spell consonant-vowel-consonant 

  • Use punctuation at the end of a sentence

  • Use appropriate spacing between words

  • Spell sight words correctly 

  • Write their first and last name

  • Left to right progression

  • Attentive listening

  • Rhyming words and sounds

  • Letter and sound association

  • Recognizing both upper and lowercase letters in random order

  • Retelling stories in proper sequence

  • Makes predictions about the outcome of a story

  • Refining active listening skills (eye contact, no distractions or disruptions)

  • Expression of complete thoughts using full sentences

  • Introduction of clapping out syllables

Social Studies

  • Good citizenship characteristics

  • Introduction to economics: needs vs wants / goods and services

  • History basics: Influence of past on the present, customs and traditions (Thanksgiving)

  • Concepts of time, locations, place and movement

  • Introductions to maps and globes

  • Similarities and differences among people

Religion

  • Common Bible stories (Creation, Noah’s Ark, the Birth of Jesus Easter, ect.)

  • Jesus died for our sins

  • Share their love of Christ with everyone around them

  • Being good stewards of God’s amazing creation

  • Order of service (chapel)

Weekly STEM and 1:1 Initiative

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Another aspect of how we prepare students to be successful in the 21st Century is through a weekly STEM program and the integration of a 1:1 Kindle Fire program.  Each Kindergarten student has access to a Kindle Fire throughout the school day.  This technology is not used to replace a teacher or instruction.  It does, however, add to the overall classroom experience by utilizing the technology for reinforcement of skills, engaging more during certain lessons, and allowing us to meet the needs of each individual student.

Weekly STEM activities allow students to expand their thinking to solve real-world problems.  It may be learning basic binary code, utilizing Fruit Loops or collaborating to build a tower through the use of Marshmallows.

The Kindergarten room is also equipped with a Smart projection board.