The TK Train is in constant motion moving forward as we grow, develop and gently push ourselves toward Kindergarten "readiness." In TK we enjoy physical play and lots of body movement throughout our day that strengthens our large motor skills. We focus on assorted activities using fine muscle control such as cutting, coloring, gluing, and paper folding as we participate in our daily art activities. A "TKer’s" strong sense of egocentricity often helps to motivate us to seek knowledge in the areas of math, science, art, community, and a faith journey that will ensure our needs will be met as we take on obstacles and challenges of our lives. Most importantly, in TK our two little ears will learn to hear God’s word. Our two little eyes will learn to see God’s love. Our two little hands will be lifted up to God as we learn to pray, play, and work with others.
St. Rose Kindergarten program offers rich academic instruction, as well as time for play and socialization. The class is taught by a fully credentialed teacher and a full time instructional assistant. Children are provided a multitude of hands-on learning experiences in Religion, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, and Technology. Additionally, students are provided instruction in Physical Education, Spanish, Art, and Music, all taught by specialized teachers. Individual learning styles are valued and supported. We strive to create a positive environment that ensures and ignites a love of learning.
Our kindergarten believes that each child is a unique gift from God. Kindergarten students express different forms of prayer throughout the day. Students learn about God’s love and the teachings of the Catholic Church through Bible stories, Stories of God’s Love, and attending Mass with their 8th grade buddies.
Our Language Arts instruction includes phonemic awareness, phonics, big books, songs, chants, and teacher guided reading and writing instruction. Students are taught in both large and small groups. Kindergarten completes two book reports throughout the school year.
Math skills are taught through daily calendar activities, games, and exploration of math manipulatives. Kindergarten students are taught to write numbers to 100 and skip count. Students build upon their number sense through number comparison, as well as, simple addition and subtraction.
Kindergarten students understand that being a good citizen involves following certain rules. Students learn about important historical figures and how people lived in earlier times.
Science teaches students about the seasons and plant and animal lifecycles. Students experience hands on learning in our garden and watching caterpillars grow into butterflies.