Kindergarten is a gateway through which your child passes into school life. It provides a learning environment that stimulates curiosity and eagerness for learning. The aim of any great Kindergarten is to promote social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth. This growth can best be accomplished by setting goals for each child.
Your child's progress will be reported through conferences and Standard-Based report cards. The report cards will indicate progress on the objectives identified in the Kindergarten curriculum. Please find below a sampling of the Holy Cross Academy Kindergarten curriculum. For a complete list of the standards covered in Kindergarten, please click on the Curriculum Map for Kindergarten, located on the left side of this page.
The objective of character education at Holy Cross Academy is to shape, nurture, and develop the total child. Character development improves school and classroom climate by focusing on basic principles of character. This objective is achieved through daily actions and integration of the following principles of character education into the curriculum at all levels.
Good Judgment - To choose worthy goals and set proper priorities; to think through the consequences of your actions; to base decisions on practical wisdom and good sense.
Responsibility - To be dependable in carrying out obligations and duties; to show reliability and consistency in words and conduct; to be accountable for your own actions; to be committed to active involvement in your community
Respect - To show high regard for authority, for other people, for self, for property, and for country; to understand that all people have value as human beings
Good Citizenship - Obeying the laws of the nation and this State; abiding by school rules; and understanding the rights and responsibilities of a member of a republic
Service to Others /Kindness - To be considerate, courteous, helpful, and understanding of others; to show care, compassion, friendship, and generosity; to treat others as you would like to be treated
Courage -To have the determination to do the right thing even when others don't, and to have the strength to follow your conscience rather that the crowd
Self-Discipline -To demonstrate hard work and commitment to purpose; to regulate yourself for improvement; to refrain from inappropriate behaviors; to be in proper control of your words, actions, impulses, and desires; and to do your best in all situations
Perseverance - To be persistent in the pursuit of worthy objectives in spite of difficulty, opposition, or discouragement; to exhibit patience and be willing to try again when confronted with delays, mistakes, or failures
Integrity - To have the inner strength to be truthful, trustworthy, and honest in all things; to act justly and honorably
Responsibility for School Safety - Helping to create a harmonious school atmosphere that is free from threats, weapons, and violent behavior; cultivate an orderly learning environment in which students and school personnel feel safe and secure; and encourage the resolution of disagreements through peaceful means including peer mediation
Holy Cross Academy's religious education is an on-going process to provide spiritual formation and instruction for all children. We believe that we are called to respond to Christian witness throughout our lives. The children will act in accordance with the basic doctrines of the Catholic Church while experiencing the faith community within our school.
The rosary will be prayed frequently throughout the year, but especially in October and May (the months of Mary). Students will attend Mass weekly, either as a class or with the entire school. Service projects are built into the overall curriculum for each grade level. A specialized focus will be given to Mission and Vocation Awareness.
- Demonstrate an awareness of God and an appreciation for His creation
- Demonstrate active participation in daily prayer, both class and individual
- Demonstrate an appreciation for the daily 'life of the Saint'
- Demonstrate active participation in the celebration of the Eucharist
- Demonstrate knowledge of prayers (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Sign of the Cross, Grace before meals, Spiritual Adoption Prayer)
- Demonstrate respect for others in their classroom
- Retell, act out, and/or illustrate Biblical stories
- Plan and implement participation in Masses
- Demonstrate respect and proper behavior while at Mass
- Discuss and participate in seasonal events of the Church year
- Apply the Church teachings to their daily lives
The Kindergarten language arts program focuses on the broad areas of oral language, reading, writing, and word study. Students will be introduced to a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction literature which will serve as a basis for instruction and practice reading.
- Recognize grade level sight words.
- Use a variety of reading comprehension strategies (i.e. predicting, inferring, making connections)
- Read independently a variety of Children's literature
- Respond to literature orally and in writing.
- Follow print left to right, top to bottom, and return to the next line
- Understand book concepts (i.e. front, back, first, last, word, letter, title, cover page)
Written and Oral Communication
- Write for a variety of reasons to various audiences using different formats
- Form letters correctly and use appropriate spacing between letters, words, and sentences
- Write with inventive and conventional spelling
- Communicate ideas in writing using legible handwriting, punctuation, and capitalization
- Demonstrate effective oral communication
- Demonstrate attentive and responsive listening skills
- Use technology as a tool to create a written product
- Creation of a writing portfolio containing at least 4 pieces of independent student writing (one from each quarter of the school year)
- Identify by name both upper-case and lower-case letters of the alphabet
- Identify beginning sounds of pictures and objects
- Identify letter sounds in the initial, medial, and final position in words
- Recognize rhyming words
- Use phonics skills to orally count word segments (syllables)
- Demonstrate knowledge of first letter alphabetical order
A high-quality mathematics foundation is essential since skill development is sequential. A wide variety of activity-based lessons are presented to improve each child's development of mathematical intuition and understanding. Integrating mathematics into everyday life experiences is an essential goal of this program.
Number and Numeration
- Count forward by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s
- Count backward by 1s
- Identify the number of objects in a set with 0-20 objects, count numbers orally, and write the corresponding number
- Represent numbers with manipulatives and exchange 1s for 10s and 10s for 100s
- Represent half of a region or collection using manipulatives
- Use manipulatives, drawings, or numerical expressions to give equivalent names for numbers up to 20
- Recognize the relationships between two sets of objects or two numbers: same; equal to; different; not equal to; less than; fewer; smaller; greater than; more; larger
- Identify ordinal positions-first, middle, and last through tenth
Operations and Computation
- Solve addition and subtraction problems using manipulatives, number lines, and mental arithmetic
- Estimate the number of objects in a given set
Data and Chance
- Collect and organize data to create tally charts, tables, and bar graphs
- Use graphs to answer simple questions
- Demonstrate knowledge of calendar time (days, months, seasons, today, tomorrow)
- Describe events using certain, possible, impossible, and other basic probability terms
Measurement and Reference Frames
- Use nonstandard tools (i.e. hands, fingers, feet, pieces of string, paper clips, blocks) and techniques to estimate and compare weight and length
- Identify standard measuring tools-length (ruler), weight (scale), temperature (thermometer)
- Identify pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters, and dollar bills and their value
- Describe temperature using words such as hot, warm, cool
- Identify a thermometer as a tool for measuring temperature
- Tell time to the hour and half hour
- Identify, describe, and compare circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, spheres, and cubes
- Identify representations of plane geometric figures, regardless of their position and orientation in space
- Identify shapes having line symmetry
Patterns, Functions, and Algebra
- Extend, describe, and create visual, rhythmic, numeric, and movement patterns
- Identify and use the symbols +,-, and =
Science skills and processes are developed within each unit of study. Children will use their five senses to explore the world through active discovery. Children will be able to apply responsible scientific knowledge to daily life. A deep respect for God's creation will be developed and nurtured. Indoor and outdoor projects are planned to help children learn science concepts while they engage safely in hands-on inquiry-based activities. Students will interact in cooperative learning situations in order to encourage sharing and clarification of ideas. Students will also participate in experiments throughout the school year.
My Five Senses
- Identify the five senses and the body parts responsible for each sense
- Classify objects as being attracted or not attracted to magnets
Sunlight and Shadows
- Identify sources of light that can produce shadows
- Identify examples of the different phases of water (solid-ice, liquid-water, gas-steam)
- Observe and explain that heating and cooling can change water
- Use science knowledge to participate in experiments
Investigating Plants and Animals
- Describe the life needs of plants and animals
- Describe simple changes plants and animals undergo during their life cycle
- Brainstorm ways to show respect for all God's creation followed by the participation in a service project directed toward assisting animals and the environment
Respect for Self
- Identify basic nutrition and healthy eating habits
- Demonstrate knowledge of methods of safety (fire, earthquake, tornado, strangers)
Patterns and Change in Nature
- Observe and identify weather conditions
- Identify and describe patterns in daily schedules at home and at school
- Identify changes that people experience over time (i.e. height, weight, color of hair)
- Describe how people cause things to change (i.e. construction and demolition of buildings, planting and cutting trees, building highways)
- Describe how things change naturally (i.e. seasonal changes, weather, growth in plants and animals)
- Give examples of objects that can be recycled and describe how to recycle these materials
- Gain a respect for the Earth and resources through reading authentic children's literature
- Participation in a recycling project
Students learn social studies concepts that build a foundation for learning independently and cooperatively with others. Students will demonstrate good citizenship through social awareness and community involvement. They will apply principles of Christian morality in dealing with ever-present world problems.
- Recognize and respect himself/herself as an individual
- Demonstrate beginning knowledge of local geographic areas
- Shows respect for how individuals, families, and groups are similar and different
- Describe and demonstrate an understanding of the rules to be followed in school, and the consequences of breaking them.
- Identify and understand a Need as compared to a Want
- Recognize that people make choices because they cannot have everything they want
- Explain that people work to earn money to buy the things they need and want
- Recognize there are many different kinds of jobs, and identify jobs performed by adults in school and community
- Recognize and use maps and globes
- Recognize the American flag, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the President of the United States
- Identify key figures in history (George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mother Theresa)
- Identify and develop an understanding of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, and Independence Day.
- Demonstrate traits of a good citizen
- Recognize the difference between past and present
- Recognize things change over time
- Use a variety of resources to gain knowledge of age-appropriate current events