At St. John Lutheran School, kindergarten students are encouraged to grow in their love for Jesus, friends, school, and learning. The kindergarten program nurtures the whole child and includes whole group, small group, teacher directed and self-selected learning activities. Play in learning and interest centers support learning as children try out their ideas and theories and make sense of the academic concepts they are learning.
The kindergarten curriculum seeks to help children know Jesus as their best friend and Savior. This relationship with Jesus provides the foundation for developing relationships of mutual trust and respect with adults and peers. Literacy includes a focus on language development, basic reading skills such as phonics, phonemic awareness, handwriting and communication of thoughts and ideas through writing and drawing. Math topics include sorting, patterns, and shapes with a special emphasis on developing number sense. Science and Social Studies themes are integrated throughout the day and help children observe, investigate, and appreciate the world around them and how it works.
The kindergarten curriculum is enhanced through experiences in music, P.E., library hour, lessons with the school counselor and weekly opportunities to gather with the St. John family for Chapel services. Kindergarten students form special bonds with Eighth Grade Chapel Buddies as they partner both in worship and social activities throughout the year. Kindergarten is a great time to develop a life-long love of learning and serving in a program driven by the desire to proclaim and practice the love of Christ.