Reading begins with phonics. Phonics is the system of letter-sound association taught to children for the purpose of learning to read and to spell. It is most effective when taught systematically, thoroughly, intensely, and in a logical and time-tested sequence.
In kindergarten, our primary resource for phonics instruction is Memoria Press’ First Start Reading program. It teaches consonant and short vowel sounds, three-letter word formation, consonant blends, and long vowels/silent e. Common words that do not fit into any word family are introduced after students learn to blend three-letter words. First Start Reading teaches students to read in kindergarten using stories with a high percentage of phonetic words.
A rich language experience, provided both at home and in school, is an important factor in reading success. Students memorize poems and Scripture and enjoy children’s classics read by teachers--as well as parents--during read-aloud time.
Number formation, counting, time, calendar, measurement, and money are the skills students continue to build.
Students learn number sense by skip counting, games, and drills, all of which make math time enjoyable and help students achieve mastery.
Our art classes teach the fundamentals of drawing, as well as art appreciation. Students produce beautiful artwork and greatly look forward to their art time. Students also draw, color, cut, and paste in their daily classroom work.
Students first learn the proper pencil grip and manuscript form in the First Start Reading program, utilizing Copybook for additional practice.
Copybook is an exercise consisting of copying poetry in the student’s best handwriting. Copybook is an important step in developing habits of good penmanship early.
Literature & Enrichment
Our Read-Aloud program consists of a set of thirty books, one book for each week of school. Listening to each book, accompanied by oral questions and discussion, provides a rich language experience for students. Students learn new and interesting words and delight in rhyme and wordplay. At the same time, the big wide world is opened up as the books present information about holidays, history, geography, science and more. The books are beautiful in both prose and art.
Students read or listen to Bible stories from the Golden Children’s Bible and memorize Bible verses and prayers.
Students receive music instruction once a week in the basic elements of music. Students learn to sing and perform at school concerts and other school activities.