Children are taught how to work in a semi-structured setting that encourages listening skills, cooperative play and learning, sharing, and taking turns. Children are encouraged to be sensitive and creative, building trust and security while learning. Kindergarten programs have been developed to channel all of the enthusiasm and enjoyment of learning into the school setting. Religion is taught daily. Children receive Spanish and German instruction once a week. Kindergarten students attend Mass weekly with their “Mass buddies” from the sixth and seventh grades.
Children enter kindergarten at a variety of levels. The children participate in a balance of active and quiet activities. Reading readiness skills develop and most children leave kindergarten reading and writing. The Superkids Reading Program© was adopted in 2010 and has been enthusiastically embraced by the students, teachers, and parents. Students explore math concepts including counting, sorting, identifying shapes and the properties of shapes, measurement, simple addition and subtraction, ordinal positions, time, and money. The math book is the kindergarten level of the Go Math (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) program that is used in the elementary grades. Five-year-olds learn much by exploring materials and interacting with others during centers. The teacher interacts with children during this “play” and provides guidance for extending play to increase learning. Science, social studies, and health are taught through units of study using the Nancy Larson Science K program and myWorld program. Handwriting is taught with practice in the workbook, Writing Our Catholic Faith. Children receive instruction from specialists in physical education, computer literacy, music, art, and foreign language.