Kindergarten

Our Kindergarten program provides the foundation for your child’s educational journey of personal, spiritual, and academic growth. ASB students develop critical thinking skills and express their insights in new ways, as they experience what it means to be part of a faith community. Throughout their years at ASB, students build on the skills they begin to develop in Kindergarten. They explore their own strengths and talents, and develop an understanding of themselves as learners. Students develop effective study habits and gain the knowledge and skills that they need to succeed beyond ASB.
 
To cultivate a love of reading and writing from a young age, we want all of our students to experience the best in curriculum and instructional approaches in the area of literacy, and to feel and experience success in their early attempts at reading and writing. To accomplish these goals our staff use the Slingerland® Approach beginning in Kindergarten.  With the Slingerland® Approach, students experience the foundational skills necessary for reading and writing: oral language, phonemic awareness, phonemic segmentation, sound/ symbol relations of the alphabetic principles. This explicit instruction guides the students towards handwriting and reading as their kindergarten year unfolds.

Kindergarten Key Facts

  • Full-day program from 8:30am to 3:00pm, with 2:00pm dismissal on Mondays.
  • Teacher to student ratio is 1:15 max. Each classroom has a full-time dedicated Instructional Aide.
  • Weekly learning centers allow students to work in small group activities centered around phonics, art, math, social studies, sciences, and reading.
  • Students have two recess periods each school day.
  • Kindergarten students gather with the rest of the school community for liturgies and other community celebrations and service projects.
  • Parent volunteers work in centers and assist with other classroom activities.
  • Students participate in our school-wide buddy program where each Kindergartner is paired with an older ASB student, who serves as a year-long mentor.

Literacy

Students are immersed in a language and print-rich environment, emphasizing phonics and phonemic awareness, letter recognition, sounds, sight words and emergent readers’ text. Students read developmentally appropriate reading books and add to their skillset as their reading progresses.  They are encouraged to use phonetic, or invented spelling to communicate ideas in journals and responses to literature.  The Slingerland method, a multi-sensory approach, is the basis for printing and early literacy instruction.  

 

Math

Kindergarten math is a hands-on program based on Common Core State Standards, emphasizing math vocabulary and problem solving.  Students learn sorting and classifying, patterns, shapes, exploration of numbers to twenty, measurement, and introductory addition and subtraction. The program is enhanced with a comprehensive calendar corner, graphs, chant charts and math-related literature.

 

Science

The science program is an inquiry-based approach that introduces the stduents to the steps of the scientific method: observation, hypothesis-formation, prediction, data gathering, and experimentation.  FOSS science kits are used to teach these science skills.  Many of the classroom themes integrate science topics as well.

 

Social Studies

The context for social studies learning in kindergarten is the student’s interaction with classroom and school.  The classroom serves as an environment in which decisions are made with respect to rights, rules and responsibilities.  They begin to learn the basic concepts of fairness and respect for the rights and opinions of others.   Units of study also focus on culture, geography, literature and music of specific countries.  Activities include games, art, cooking, music and holidays.

 

Religion

Kindergarten uses the We Believe religion text & follows the Archdiocese of Seattle Religion Standards.  This series focuses on the Catholic faith, including traditional prayers, scripture readings and the lives of the saints.  The students participate in Zones of Regulation, which helps children navigate their emotions and making positive, healthy choices towards themselves and others.  Through their religion classes, prayer and their experiences in this strong faith community, students have the opportunity to develop their relationships with God.

 

Drama

The goal of the Kindergarten drama program is to give students a positive artistic experience. Most drama classes with a multi-cultural story. The stories are connected to activities and creative play that enhance learning. We also focus on specific performance skills with various games, projects and activities.

 

Music

In Kindergarten music, the focus is on exploring each element of music with an emphasis on rhythm and melody.  Student explore music through movement and rhythmic instruments, as they develop skills to read music. Discovering the joy of music is the primary objective.

 

Physical Education

In Kindergarten physical education instruction is focused on the fundamental concepts of loco-motor movements, body and spatial awareness, and safe play.  These concepts are taught through warm-up activities and group play. Kindergartners have P.E. twice a week.

Apple Theme

A walking field trip in the fall to make apple cider on an antique cider press.

Posada

An authentic Mexican celebration in December with the Kindergarten families, reinacting Mary & Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem.

Spring Tea

The Kindergarteners perform songs they have learned throughout the year for their families.

Rocky Beach Field Trip

The last field trip of the year to explore tide pools and sea life at Golden Gardens.