Teacher: Star Downey
What is taught in St. Paul's Kindergarten?
Throughout the year, and in all subjects , the truth that God loves us and gives us all that we have permeates our lessons. Each month we focus on a character trait, such as truthfulness and kindness. Our subjects cover Phonics, Math, Science, Social Studies, Religion, Art, Music and Physical Education. The science and social studies are seasonal and topic oriented with age appropriate learning through activities, play and exploration. Our phonics and math is a sequential program that builds in progression and the student's abilities creating feelings of success.
Our Reading/Phonics and Math program utilizes the Saxon program. Manipulatives are available for both subjects. Reading has personal letter cards, game cards with words and pictures as well as decodable mini readers they can take home. Fluency readers correlate with the letters and words covered allowing the students to read independently. To enhance our phonics we utilize hand motions as we say the sounds of the letter, such as 'b' we pretend to bounce a ball. The students write their letters and numbers chanting the directions in a singing style. Math also has many different manipulatives including number cards, dice, dominoes, balances, coins, clocks and more. For religion we utilize Concordia Publishing House's "One in Christ". With colorful workbook pages, stickers, activities and songs the students learn stories from the Bible in a joyful manner. Music is incorporated throughout our day and is also taught as a class following Alfred's "Classroom Music for Little Mozarts". Through adventures with Beethoven Bear and Mozart Mouse the students learn the fundamentals about music. Twice a year the ECE campus presents a musical presentation. At Christmas we present a Christmas Service and in the spring the students put on a colorful mini-musical utilizing choreography (motions and actions while they sing).
Kindergarten goes to Smallwood's Fruit Stand, the Wenatchee Museum, the library once a month, and the miniature train down by the river-walk. Many times we have the field trip come to us! We have had a puppet show, Dental health presentation, and an Iditarod presentation complete with a husky come to our school. Kindergarten joins in on the St. Paul's Float at the Apple Blossom parade and sing with the ECE on the stage in the park for Inspiration Day.
Kindergarten gets together with first grade to celebrate our 100th day of school. This is an all- day event.
STEAM (Science Program), beginning band, advanced band, basketball.
Theme Days and Special Activities
National Lutheran Schools Week, penguin day, 100th day) Kindergarten celebrates all the holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day and Easter. Talk Like a Pirate Day, Penguin Day, Patriotic Day, Western Day, Grandparents' Day, Pastor Appreciation Day, National Popcorn Day, National Prayer Day and Groundhog Day as well as any celebration that will make learning fun. Kindergarten and Young Fives celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with a Saturday family breakfast party in March.