Kindergarten


Kindergarten is a special year when children grow in their love for Jesus, friends, school, and learning.  A kindergarten day includes time for learning together in groups, through individual instruction with the teacher, and through play.

 

Religion (Jesus Time) 

“Through daily worship and prayer, weekly Bible story units (following Concordia Publishing House’s One in Christ format) and weekly school chapel services, we want each child to learn that:”

  • Jesus is my best Friend who loves and cares for me
  • Jesus is my Savior who takes away my sins
  • Jesus helps me love others
  • God made me and my world

 

Chapel is held weekly on Wednesday mornings and is led by various leaders including the pastors, the principal, and the teachers of St. John.  Classes from grades 1-8 lead a service each year, and professors from Concordia University and missionaries from the field also provide chapel messages.  Chapel buddies from grades 6-8 accompany K-2 students to assist them in worship activities.  Offerings are collected to benefit specified ministries with an emphasis on missions.


Literacy/Language Arts

While literacy activities are integrated throughout the day, there is a planned “Literacy Block” every day where specific skills such as letter/sound identification, phonemic awareness, sense of story, story retelling, vocabulary development, journal writing, etc. take place.  The components of our literacy block are:

  • Language development
  • Reading and writing aloud
  • Shared reading and writing
  • Word study
  • Guided reading and writing
  • Independent reading and writing

 

Math

Key math concepts and skills are developed using the “Math in Focus” and “Every Day Counts Calendar Math” curriculum.  These include:

  • Numeral recognition
  • Number sense
  • Patterning
  • Counting sets
  • Graphing
  • Measurement
  • Sorting
  • Spatial concepts

 

Social Studies

Concepts are taught using an integrated, theme-base approach and include units of study such as self, family, food, relevant holidays, homes, and citizenship.  These units seek to help children:

  • Develop relationships of mutual trust and respect with adults and peers
  • Understand perspectives of other people
  • Understand and respect social and cultural diversity
  • Develop an atmosphere of cooperative learning
  • Know about the community and social roles
  • Resolve conflicts in a God-pleasing way

 

Science

Topics often include seeds, shadows, butterflies, weather, and sun but vary according to interests of children. The curriculum goals are focused on developing children’s inquiry skills, including their abilities to:

  • Raise questions about objects and events around them
  • Construct knowledge of the physical world
  • Manipulate objects for desired effects
  • Understand cause and effect relationships
  • Record observations, explanations and ideas
  • Think critically, reason and solve problems

 

Creative Expression

Opportunities occur throughout the day, sometimes as whole group activities, other times as self-selected activities, such as during center time.  The goals of these activities include encouraging children to:

  • Develop an awareness of God’s beauty around us
  • Express ideas and feelings through pretend play, drama, dance and movement, music, art and construction
  • Appreciate our artistic heritage

 

Music

Students at Saint John Lutheran School receive classroom music instruction from kindergarten through seventh grade. The curriculum follows the national standards published by the National Association for Music Education, which include creating, performing, listening to, and analyzing music. To these standards, the Saint John music curriculum adds this “Lutheran Addendum”:

  • Recognizing voices and music are gifts from God.
  • Singing from memory a varied repertoire of sacred songs.
  • Joining in congregational singing.

 

Physical Education

Our Physical Education program focuses on keeping children healthy by learning to be active in their lives. God has given us one body and it is up to us to take care of it.  The goal of the program is to help the students enjoy being physically active and understand the basics of different sports so that they may enjoy activity throughout their lives.

At this age we use a lot of individual activities such as using beanbags, mats, scoops, jump ropes (long and short), hula hoops, Lummi sticks, ropes, and movement (skipping, hoping, jumping, climbing, and running properly). We also start working with teamwork with the beginning levels of games: volleyball, basketball, soccer, softball, kickball, badminton, cage ball, and parachutes.  Scooters are always a favorite.  Everyday sports are also started at this level with the basics of bowling, four square, horseshoes, beanbag toss, and others.