Kindergarten is a time for children to expand their love of learning, their general knowledge, their ability to get along with others and their interest in reaching out to the world. Kindergarten is the grade which bridges students’ preschool education with their future elementary school learning. Kindergarteners also continue to learn and get used to the routines of school, how to work in groups and how to be successful students.
In Kindergarten, children begin to grow as independent readers and become more familiar and comfortable with reading. Reading is intertwined into the daily lives of Kindergarteners. If learning to read is like building a skyscraper,then Kindergarten is the year to construct the most solid reading foundation possible. In order to build reading skills, Kindergarteners should master all of the letters of the alphabet ( upper case/ lower case ) and their sounds, recognize and read several basic sight words, read the KINDERGARTEN DOLCH WORDS and WORD FAMILIES with ease , recognize and can produce rhyming words , and add or substitute individual sounds in simple, one-syllable words to make new words. They are also expected to compose and write one sentence on their own and be able to copy a short paragraph (3-4 sentences ) observing proper capitalization, indention, punctuation and correct spacing. Kinder students will master numbers 1-100 and be able to perform one digit addition and subtraction. All Kinder students will grow in their faith as they learn that God made the world, loves them and attend Mass approximately once a month.