In Kindergarten the main focus is on developing pre and early reading skills. Students ask and answer questions about key details in a text and retell familiar stories. They learn to recognize common types of text and understand the role of the author and illustrator in a story. The students actively engage in group reading activities and enjoy working with rhyming words.
Kindergarteners learn about letters and their sounds, and recognize and name all upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet. Students begin reading simple consonant-vowel-consonant words. Kindergarteners also learn some common high-frequency words and engage in early writing activities using a combination of drawing, and dictating.
Show and tell is an integral part of the curriculum program and develops the students listening and speaking skills.
Kindergarteners engage in a variety of activities during center time which strengthen independent and group skills in language and math. Centers also provide students with a time to problems solve and engage in discovery learning. Some examples include: sequencing letters and numbers, reading games, counting by 2’s, working with odd and even numbers, and geometric shapes.
The Kindergarten curriculum follows the Saxon Math program. In this curriculum we cover the following the topics through hands on activities and manipulatives: calendar concepts, one-to one correspondence counting, counting by 1’s, 5’s and 10’s to 100, patterns, the use of pattern blocks and tangram puzzles, addition and subtraction of numbers 10 and less, measuring, ordinal numbers, sorting, graphing and shapes.
Kindergarten topics are cross curricular in nature but include the following social studies topics: the circus, shapes and colors, community helpers, and life on the farm.
Students learn about the weather and seasons, the earth and sky and how God created the whole universe with its order. These topics are also cross curricular in nature. During the weather unit students go on a field trip to the Chiang Mai Snow Dome.
Bible lessons focus on creation, Cain and Abel, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Samuel, Esther, and Jonah. The Christmas story and Easter story are also covered. Students learn how God’s plan of redemption began and unfolded ultimately in Jesus Christ. Kindergarteners are also introduced to NT characters, e.g., Paul and Silas, and learn how believers can live with integrity.