The 5K experience begins with a community building morning meeting that includes stories, singing, reading, sharing, and calendar math. Our 5K students develop a love of learning through building a strong foundation in reading, writing, and mathematical concepts.
Our reading curriculum includes systematic and explicit instruction in lessons in phonics, reading aloud, and shared reading, followed by time to practice skills taught, conference with teachers, and reflect and set goals. Students begin learning reading through phonics and alphabetic principle, print and book awareness, and reading comprehension strategies in 5K. Students also utilize Raz-Kids, a digital literacy platform that provides comprehensive leveled texts for students, to enrich their reading skills. This platform allows for students to listen to, read at their own place, and record themselves reading, enhancing their fluency and comprehension skills.
Through our writing curriculum, students master writing all upper and lower case letters along with 5K sight words and simple CVC words. Kindergarten students learn about the writing process as well as about grammar, usage, and mechanics. Students begin to learn how to write in complete sentences and are introduced to different types of writing including crafting stories, informational pieces, narratives, and opinion writing.
Through our 5K math curriculum, Progress in Mathematics, students learn a wide range of mathematical concepts designed to provide foundational skills in basic math concepts. The approach used builds deep conceptual understanding of key math skills and concepts at a developmentally appropriate level.
5K students become scientists as they observe, classify, and record data collected through science investigations. Three core areas of the kindergarten science curriculum include: organisms and the environment, weather, and properties of objects and materials. They learn about the world around them through studying about themselves, their classroom, school, community and the world through social studies concepts.
Curriculum and academic skills are also embedded in centers in the classroom that are intentionally set up for children to practice fine motor skills, reinforce concept development in literacy, math, and science, practice communication, social, and life skills, build vocabulary and problem-solving. Classroom centers provide daily opportunities for discovery, curiosity, invention, and wonder.
Students participate in performances including Chapel presentations, a Thanksgiving Litany, and Christmas program that build confidence and pride. Students also participate in special classes including music, PE, art, Spanish, technology, and library one-two times each week.