Our Curriculum

Overview of Curriculum

LANGUAGE ARTS

Our Reading/Language Arts Curriculum is Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Reading. This program provides exactly what we need to connect students at every level to reading success. All components integrate nicely to build and reinforce critical skills -- from lesson to lesson, unit to unit, and year to year. Award-winning literature ties directly to leveled instruction and practice. Research-based instruction connects to ongoing assessment. Spelling and grammar connects to writing. Our reading program consists of six different thematic units, cross-curricular and integrated of study. The units are as follows:

Unit 1- Take a New Step- Literature: Make New Friends, Get Up and Go!, Use Your Senses

Unit 2- Let’s Explore- Literature: Tools We Use, Shapes All Around, World of Bugs

Unit 3- Going Places- Rules to Go By, Sounds Around Us, The Places We Go

Unit 4- Around the Neighborhood- Time for Work, Meet Your Neighbors, Pitch In

Unit 5- Wonders of Nature- How Does Your Garden Grow?, Trees, Fresh from the Farm

Unit 6- Weather for All Seasons- The Four Seasons, What’s the Weather?, Stormy Weather

Unit 7- The Animal Kingdom- Baby Animals, Pet Pals, Animal Habitats

Unit 8- From Here to There- On the Move, My U.S.A., Look to the Sky

Unit 9- How Things Change- Growing Up, Good Citizens, Our Natural Resources

Unit 10- Thinking Outside the Box- Problem Solvers, Sort It Out, Protect Our Earth


Other components of our literature program are:

  • Guided Reading
  • Leveled Reading
  • Phonics Supplements

Many other skills will be taught through the following activities:

  • Poetry
  • My Word Books
  • DEAR time
  • Read-Alouds
  • Letter Writing
  • Songs
  • Choral Readings
  • Teacher lead reading groups
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Handwriting Instruction and Practice
  • Journal Writing
  • Easy Readers
  • Literature
  • Story time
  • Listening Center (with headphones)
  • Chants
  • Buddy Reading

Our interactive adaptive applications for the iPad

  • Lexia
  • Raz Kids

Sharing

Each color group has a Sharing Day. Red Group-Monday (Tuesday if Monday is a holiday), Yellow Group- Tuesday, Green Group- Wednesday and Blue Group- Friday. A special sharing bag will go home, which your child will then place an item that begins with the letter we will be learning that week. Please be sure to have your child prepare what they want to say about their sharing item. Maybe they can comment on where the item is from, why it’s special, what they use it for, etc… Please have your child choose only ONE item to share for regular sharing.

PHONICS

MacMillan McGraw-Hill

MATH

The Math Program is Houghton Mifflin Harcourt-GO MATH!

Each chapter begins with a story to introduce the concept about to be taught. The following will be learned in Kindergarten:

- Represent, Count, and Write Numbers 0-5/Compare Number to 5

- Represent, Count, and Write Numbers 1-100

- Represent and Compare Numbers to 10

- Addition & Subtraction

- Represent, Count, and Write 11 to 19

- Represent, Count, and Write 20 and Beyond

- Geometry and Positions

- Measurement and Data

- Number sense, number sense, number sense!!

SCIENCE- The Science Program is called MacMillan/McGraw-Hill: California Science. We will be engaging in a variety of

integrated curriculum. The main units we will be engaged in are in three areas:

-Life Science- Plants, Animals (insects, reptiles, birds, fish, etc.)

-Earth Science- Our Earth (water, land, resources, recycle), Weather

- Physical Science-Exploring Matter (paper, cloth, wood, metal), Investigating Water (solid, liquid)

Additional Topics Include: Seasons, Apples, Pumpkins, Weather, Rainforest, Butterflies, Animals, and Insects


SOCIAL STUDIES- The Social Studies Scholastics “Let’s Find Out “ magazine is a developmentally appropriate teaching supplement designed to introduce and reinforce core early-learning concepts. From reading fundamentals to social development, Let’s Find Out develops kindergarten skills using an engaging print and digital magazine format. Every issue features simple, predictable nonfiction; pencil-friendly activities; and lesson plans that will help you meet your curriculum goals as well as the Common Core Standards. Online you’ll discover even more dynamic learning tools, including videos, printable skills sheets, a "Text-to-Talk" read-aloud feature, games, and so much more. With its unique print and online magazine format, there’s just no other kindergarten resource that's as engaging and affordable as Let’s Find Out.

SOCIAL STUDIES- The Social Studies Scholastics “Let’s Find Out “ magazine is a developmentally appropriate teaching program designed to introduce and reinforce core early-learning concepts. From reading fundamentals to social development, Let’s Find Out develops kindergarten skills using an engaging print and digital magazine format. Every issue features simple, predictable nonfiction; pencil-friendly activities; and lesson plans that will help you meet your curriculum goals as well as the Common Core Standards. Online you’ll discover even more dynamic learning tools, including videos, printable skills sheets, a "Text-to-Talk" read-aloud feature, games, and so much more. With its unique print and online magazine format, there’s just no other kindergarten resource that's as engaging and affordable as Let’s Find Out.

September

School Rules

Apples

Manners

We are Friends (Paired with a Realistic Fiction Book: Back to School)


October

Pumpkins

Firefighters

Autumn

Busy spiders (Paired with Author Study: Eric Carle)


November/December

Veterans Day

Thanksgiving

Hibernation

Gingerbread (paired with the Fiction book: The Gingerbread Man)



January

Snow and Ice

Season for Sneezing

Dr. King

Polar Animals (paired with Fiction book: Penguin)

February

Groundhog Day

Presidents’ Day

Valentine’s Day

Dental Health (paired with Fiction book: I Lost My Tooth!)


March

Read Across America

Weather

Habitats

Rainbows (paired with Folktale: Leprechauns)

April

Spring Changes

Butterflies

Earth Day

Plants (paired with Fiction book “The Magic Sunflower”

May/June

Summer Safety

The Real Rainbow Fish

Five Senses

Insects (Paired with Fiction book “The Ladybug Who Had No Spots”

RELIGION- We follow the Diocesan Religion outcomes to guide our Religion curriculum. We integrate many resources into our Religion program. Pflaum-Gospel Weeklies “Promises” booklets will go home weekly with the lessons we are learning and activities we are doing in class that follow the liturgical calendar. Our “Student Learning Expectations” also known as: SPARCCLS, guide our lessons and instruction in all we do! J We celebrate Saints days, the liturgical seasons and follow the message of Jesus. We learn that God loves us, God created the world around us, God made our friends and family and that we can pray to God at any time in many ways!


Our Gospel Weeklies will include:

Profession of Faith: Blessed Trinity, God’s Word, God Made You, God’s Love, God’s Promises and the People of God.

Liturgry and Worship: Baptism, The Church Family, Parish, The Mass, Seasons and Celebrations.

Life in Christ: Life of Jesus, Jesus Teaches, Doing Good and Avoiding Evil, Saints Help.

Social Teaching: Caring for Others, Foregiveness, Golden Rule and Respect for life.

Prayer: Talking to God, Praying Together and Pray Always.

Catholic Treasury: Lord’s Prayer, Prayer of Sorrow and Catholic Vocabulary.

BULLY-PROOFING- This is a school wide program for helping to make our school a safe and non-threatening place to be. We will engage in different activities throughout the year (stories, role playing, videos, class meetings) that will help to make us a bully free school. It helps to teach life-skills that fit into our faith and SPARCCLS.

Special Classes

Computer Lab, Library, P.E., Science Lab, Music, Spanish