Jr. Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Kindergarten

The goal of our Kindergarten program here at Gloria Dei Lutheran is to provide age appropriate activities and lessons to develop each student’s God given potential to the fullest. Our schedule consists of daily routines including large and small group activities. Large group activities include oral exercises, listening to stories and movement. Small group and free choice activities provide the students with opportunities of social interactions and learning to cooperate with their peers. Most prominent in our curriculum is developing the student’s faith, letters and reading skills, and early math concepts.

Religion
Faith Alive. The law and gospel is present in every lesson. The law shows us the way to live and the gospel shows us the promise of eternal life with God. Lessons focus on the development of faith for your children: God’s love for us and how God’s love works in the world around them – helping others, celebrating all the wonderful gifts He gave us, etc. Each week is a new Bible story with worship, songs and fingerplays to enhance learning.

Reading/Language/Phonics
Houghton Mifflin reading focuses on the 5 key areas of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. It uses oral exercises, variety of literature, practice pages, high frequency words and take home stories to help the children in all 5 areas. This contributes to a firm, print rich environment to give the students a solid foundation in reading and language development.

Science
Discovery Works. We study Life, Physical and Earth Sciences in 5 different areas: living things, body parts, senses, pushes and pulls, earth and sky.

Computers are in the computer lab as well as in the classroom. We use a variety of games to reinforce math, reading, and problem solving with familiar characters. They practice mouse control as well as responsibility in using a computer.

Mathematics
Silver Burdett Ginn. Using hands on manipulatives and problem solving games that enhance key concepts of counting and numbers, geometry, measurement, comparing, graphing, time and money.