5K Curriculum

A comprehensive five-year-old Kindergarten program has been created to challenge students to develop their skills in the intellectual, spiritual, physical, and social realms. Along with Bible, Phonics, Reading, Language Development, Writing, Numbers, Science, and History, we utilize interest centers, units, and theme topics in a combination of group and individual instruction. The Abeka curriculum is used to give a more traditional approach to learning along with other resources to enhance learning and retention of foundational academic and spiritual knowledge. An emphasis is also placed on social interaction among the students, giving them opportunities to develop social values, sharing, group acceptance, independence, and dependability.



Reading and Phonics

The purpose of Kindergarten Reading and Language Development is to instill the love of learning through a non-pressured approach to independent reading. Students will begin to build a solid phonetic base by learning beginning phonics rules and special sounds along with memorizing sight words to develop the necessary skills needed to read well. The students will memorize poetry and also be exposed to good literature to encourage the children to think and build comprehension as well as strengthen their vocabulary skills. They will continue to review skills learned throughout the year using various activities and games.


Goals and Objectives

  • To emerge as a reader who has good reading skills and enjoys reading

  • To connect oral and written language by hearing stories read daily

  • To develop and expand vocabulary through good literature

  • To recognize and identify the sound for each letter of the alphabet and consonant vowel blends

  • To recite the one and two vowel rule

  • To identify and mark long and short vowel sounds

  • To recognize sight words

  • To memorize phonics rules and special sounds

  • To decode words through phonics

  • To identify phonics rules in headlines

  • To spell words orally and write them from dictation

  • To read increasing in speed, comprehension and phrase reading

  • To demonstrate the excitement in reading

  • To demonstrate comprehension skills including understanding of the main idea and supporting details

  • To discuss characters and feelings

  • To use context clues

  • To predict events and extending information

  • To dramatize stories and create alternate story endings

  • To publish books

  • To practice sentence completion

  • To choose the correct word from a list of words

  • To supply a missing word or words in a sentence

  • To memorize poems

  • To recognize and write sentences with capital letters and periods



Math

The purpose of 5K Math class is to expose students to different aspects of Math. Students will focus on Math readiness and number concepts. There is a balanced design which presents conceptual Math such as patterns, attributes, shapes, designs, graphing, estimation, comparisons, various types of measurement, time, money, oral Math problems, one to one correspondence, tan grams, ordinal numerals, along with the more traditional Math skills of counting, set development and early introductions of addition and subtraction (I Corinthians 14:40).


Goals and Objectives

  • To have an understanding of basic math facts

  • To recognize repeat patterns

  • To explain the concept of a graph

  • To estimate and guess number of objects

  • To compare objects (One to one correspondence)

  • To measure objects using rulers, scales, and clocks

  • To count to 100 by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s

  • To add and subtract to 10

  • To tell the value of different coins

  • To add money

  • To recite the days of the week, and the months of the year and using a calendar

  • To tell time to the hour and the half hour

  • To solve one step story problems

  • To recognize numbers and their value 1-100

  • To use number words one to ten

  • To work with the concept of before and after numbers

  • To follow directions

  • To determine colors

  • To identify numbers and number words

  • To recognize number families

  • To write from 1-100 by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s



History

The purpose of Kindergarten history is to introduce the students to our community and then to build outward toward a basic knowledge of the world. Students will begin by learning about themselves and how they fit into their community. These concepts will include simple geography and interesting facts about people and the world around them. Concepts learned will be reviewed throughout the year.


Goals and Objectives

  • To understand basic facts about the community, the United States, and the world around them

  • To have an introduction to the workings of a classroom

  • To recognize the individuality of people

  • To identify the purpose of having rules

  • To recognize consequences of breaking rules

  • To identify continents and oceans on a globe

  • To identify reasons for national patriotic holidays

  • To identify contributions of historical figures

  • To identify jobs in home, school, and community



Science

The purpose of kindergarten science is to stimulate young children’s interest in the world that God has made for them . Science will begin to satisfy the natural curiosity of children about the wonders of the world around them. They will see that God has a plan for each part of His creation and that He not only made each living thing, but He also cares for it. Students will realize that they too are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).


Goals and Objectives

  • To develop knowledge of the world that God has created

  • To identify animals and plants as living things

  • To identify differences and similarities among animals

  • To identify the needs of plants and animals

  • To identify different types of plants and their parts

  • To describe physical features of Earth– water, land and air

  • To recognize and describe differences in weather

  • To describe and compare objects in terms of properties such as shape, form, and texture

  • To describe how objects can be changed

  • To recognize what objects magnets attract

  • To recognize the ways water flows and takes the shape of its container

  • To recognize that when placed in water, some objects will sink and some objects will float


Writing

The purpose of cursive writing in kindergarten is to develop good writing habits from the very beginning. The more traditional approach to writing strengthens the child’s reading skills. By joining letters, cursive writing reinforces the blending of sounds within words. The students have a standard to follow and they work diligently to meet it. Writing also teaches character through learning to be careful, orderly, neat, clean, responsible, thorough and persistent as we learn about in Ecclesiastes 9:10. Children will acquire a foundation for reading while learning the basic cursive writing strokes. These skills will be perfected as students go on into first and second grade.


Goals and Objective

  • To develop skills that will make writing legible

  • To practice correct cursive formation of lower case letters

  • To practice holding a pencil and the correct slant for papers

  • To associate the cursive letters with the printed letters

  • To write proper formation of most of the capital letters

  • To write blends, words, and then sentences


Bible

Students will be introduced to who God is through exposure to Bible stories, characters, and principles from the Old and New Testaments. Through exploring heroes in the Bible, students will learn to apply Biblical principles to their daily lives and develop habits of orderliness, carefulness, obedience, honesty, accomplishment, cooperation, perseverance, self-control, attentiveness, fairness, confidence, responsibility, effort, steadfastness, discipline, endurance, helpfulness, neatness, patience, good judgment, and respect.

Knowledge of Bible content is important in building a foundation for application. Examining and memorizing Bible scripture will enable students to apply what they have learned. Students will be assessed through their ability to recall and recite weekly scripture memory verses. There is an ultimate theme repeated and woven into each lesson, it is that God loves and cares for us. Therefore, students often hear the message of repentance, personal faith and acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord.


Goals and Objectives

  • To have a general knowledge of the Bible and to apply its principles

  • To interpret meaning of Scripture on a kindergarten level

  • To identify basic Biblical doctrines

  • To recite Scripture verses

  • To demonstrate the application of Biblical truths

  • To retell Bible stories in their own words

  • To explain that God created the world with just His words

  • To recognize that God leads us and protects us

  • To explain that when we have Jesus in our hearts, we are his disciples

  • To give praise to Jesus as king

  • To discuss ways to be a faithful friend

  • To discuss that God can help them with the problems they face

  • To recall that God is with them and helps their fears

  • To realize that God has a plan for their lives