As a Catholic community of learners, we strive to live our faith in the classroom. Kindergarten students attend mass monthly with the entire student body, participate in service projects to reach the broader community, and learn about the life of Jesus and the gifts that God has given us. Christianity is a theme that is integrated into all the curriculum areas in kindergarten at Our Lady of Peace.
Kindergarteners are active learners. We use music, movement and our sense of touch to learn to skills we need to read and write. Kindergarteners are introduced to 24 high-frequency words and all consonant and short-vowel sounds. Small-motor skills are developed as we practice printing. Listening skills develop through daily Read Aloud time when students are introduced to many forms of literature.
Patterns, shapes, measurement and number sense are all important parts of the Kindergarten Math curriculum. Students begin by sorting and classifying common items noting similarities and difference, move on to counting and gradually learn to add and subtract. Additional skills include telling time, identifying coins by name and value, and printing numbers through 31.
Through inquiry and experimentation, students learn about the practice of Science. Students learn about Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science and the nature of science and Engineering. The culminating activity of the Life Science unit is the incubation and hatching of chicken eggs which usually produces a lot of excitement in addition to chicks!
Social Studies are addressed daily as we discuss current events, significant dates and people in history. We also compare the life of a Minnesota family today to the lives led by the early settlers and natives of Minnesota. Cultural similarities and differences among the settlers of North America are discussed and read about and our own family traditions and countries of origin are mapped.