Kindergarten Curriculum

The Kindergarten curriculum at St. Theresa Catholic School has been developed using themes and activities to help create a strong path to learning the mastery of skills needed for first grade. As the students’ progress, our goal is for them to develop a strong self-esteem and a true love of learning. The skills needed are taught using differentiated instruction, such as, auditory, visual, kinesthetic and tactile strategies. Our curriculum is filled with literature and hands-on activities allowing the students to be creative as they take an active role in the learning process.

  • The students will focus on the core teachings of the Catholic Church; as the focus is educating the students for life with the heart and mind of Christ. The students will learn Bible stories and engage in the celebration of the seasons and special days of the church year. Through the use of prayers, songs, and stories the children’s love and understanding of Jesus will continue to grow.
  • The students will develop a solid foundation in reading and phonics, and thus become successful readers and writers. The following skills will be taught throughout the year: letter and sound recognition, reading comprehension, beginning reading and writing skills, pronunciation, sight words, letter formation, parts of a story, sequencing, punctuation, blends, digraphs, combinations, spelling rules, etc. and other concepts that will prepare them for the first grade transition/experience.
  • The students will develop a foundation in the language and basic concepts of all areas of mathematics. Our program uses a multisensory approach to teaching. It is designed for heterogeneously grouped children. The following skills will be taught throughout the year: one-to-one correspondence, calendar, numbers, number formation, patterning, ordinal position, sorting, counting by 10s and 5s, time, graphs, simple addition and subtraction and measurement.
  • The students will develop the following social skills: share and interact with others, respect their classmates, develop their unique abilities and talents, learn problem solving and conflict resolution skills. They will also gain self-confidence and independence. These skills will help form lasting relationships with their peers and influence lifelong formation.
  • The students will recognize their own unique and diverse characteristics. They will discover what they have in common with others through theme based weekly units. While exploring Science and Social Studies, the students will be exposed to the many age- appropriate themes that make them well-rounded learners.
  • Introduction to School Safety, All About Me, Families, Feelings, Senses, Communities and Helpers, Seasons, Dental Health, Animals and their Habitats, Animals and their Young, Hispanic Heritage, Famous Explorers, Holidays Customs, Transportation, Drug Awareness, Famous American Leaders, Voting/Elections, Proper Health and Nutrition, Friendship/Love, Sea/Land/Water Animals, States and Continents, Map and Globe Skills, Solar System, Parts of a Plant, Weather, Body Parts, Music Appreciation/Instruments, Dinosaurs, Earth Day, Life Cycles (butterflies)