We use ABEKA story cards to teach our Bible curriculum. Guest speakers at our weekly chapel include teachers, parents and local ministers.
A balanced approach to reading is the best strategy we have found for our kindergarten program. We use Saxon Phonics in teaching our phonemic awareness and phonological skills. Children are also taught phonics through songs, poems, read alouds and guided practice. The other component to teaching reading is through small group instruction called Guided Reading. We feel the need to differentiate reading in small groups, meeting three to four times each week. We use a variety of strategies to teaching reading. Literacy centers are used to reinforce skills previously taught. Children are engaged with these during the morning as guided reading is being taught. We use parent volunteers to help with these centers. Lastly, children are given 105 sight words during the school year to facilitate their reading.
We use a hands-on approach in teaching our math curriculum. Each new concept is taught as a whole group using rich literature, a song or other engaging activities. Math centers, small group instruction and individual instruction are used to help the kindergarteners learn to apply the new concept.
Science and Social Studies
Science and social studies are integrated throughout our language arts curriculum. We study topics such as zoo animals, plants, presidents and symbols of the United States, pilgrims and the Mayflower, seasons of the year, ocean animals and community helpers.
We use Zanier Blosier in teaching handwriting. Tactile activities such as writing in sand, cutting clay, writing on a chalk board, picking up small items with tweezers and painting on easels are used to develop large and fine motor skills.