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Kindergarten Course of Study

Language Arts

Using the Johnny Can Spell curriculum, students will learn the sounds of the 26 letters of the alphabet individually and in combination. These form 70 common written symbols. This combination of sound and symbol is called a phonogram. These 70 phonograms represent 42 speech sounds. Using these phonograms, the children are able to read and write words. Learning the sounds and symbol combinations and the rules that govern their use will help the student master the first steps of reading and spelling.

The scope and sequence is divided into multiple areas: Phonemic awareness, alphabet knowledge, penmanship, print and phonological knowledge, orthographic knowledge, derivation, vocabulary, sentences, sentence elements, sentence composition, and capitalization.

Reading and Writing

Literature, both fiction and nonfiction, is carefully selected to enhance unit studies. Through shared reading, echo reading, poetry and rhymes, students will learn concepts of print, decoding skills, comprehension strategies, and reading fluency, as well as literary elements such as characters, plot, setting, and themes. Students will participate in leveled reading groups. Journals, “Morning Message” and multiple activities are used to encourage writing skills.

Mathematics

The rigorous and balanced Everyday Math curriculum emphasizes conceptual understanding while building a mastery of basic skills. It explores a broad mathematics spectrum based on how children learn while preparing them for future mathematical needs. The program highlights include problem solving, developing readiness through hands-on activities, cooperative learning through partner and small group activities, practice through games and ongoing review.

The Everyday Math curriculum is organized into content strands, including Number and Numeration; Operations and Computation; Data and Chance; Geometry; Measurement and Reference Frames; Patterns, Functions, and Algebra.

Science

Science is skillfully combined with Math and Unit Studies using resources such as the AIMS Curriculum.

Unit Studies

Unit Studies include the following: Back to School, All about Me, Objects in the Sky, African Savanna, Christmas, Easter, Apples, Presidents and American Symbols, Thanksgiving, Plants, The Mitten, Polar Bears, Penguins, 100th Day of School, Friendship, Columbus, Dinosaurs, Texas, and Oceans.

Bible

In this study, kindergartners will learn about God through the lives of major characters throughout the Bible. Stories and lessons highlight biblical doctrines, scriptural principles, and character traits. Activities help students comprehend and apply Bible truths.

Field Trips

Field trips in Kindergarten include: HEB, Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, Retirement Home, The Gardens at Texas A&M, and the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History.

Art

The goal of Visual Arts in the Kindergarten art curriculum is to develop creativity, fine motor coordination, observation skills, and resourcefulness. The introduction to God’s elements of design are presented and explored through cross-curriculum themes and famous artists.  These include Line, Shape, Color, Value, Form, Texture, and Space.

Computer

During once a week 30-minute sessions, students will begin learning the meaning of digital citizenship and sharpen computer navigation skills through the introduction to www.abcya.com.  They will also begin to learn basic keyboarding skills while practicing letter and sound recognition using Typing Club Jungle Junior.  Using curriculum with www.code.org,  kindergarteners will be introduced to coding and robotics.

Music

Students explore the musical world by singing, playing instruments, creating, and listening. Movement and play are key elements of the child-centered curriculum informed by the philosophies and practices of Orff, Kodály, and Dalcroze. Keyword: explore. Students will sing in several programs throughout the year which include the Christmas play, Grandparents Day, and In His Steps.

Library

Students will be introduced to a many authors and illustrators along with a variety of literary genres. Students attend library one time each week for 30 minutes.

P.E.

Students will explore motor skills and movement patterns using an integrated curriculum. They will learn responsible personal and social behavior in a variety of physical activity settings. They will be provided frequent and diverse opportunities to engage in physical activities necessary to support a healthy mind and body. Students attend P.E. four times a week for 30 minutes each class. At least one day per week will be dedicated to our "Eagle Running Program," a self-paced activity specifically focused on improving cardiovascular fitness.

Chapel

Grammar School students enjoy Chapel once a week in two sessions: PreK through second grades and third through sixth grades. In order to study and apply meaning, the yearly school-wide Scripture is divided into sections for each month. In Chapel, Grammar School worships in song, Scripture, and prayer, followed by a special speaker who teaches the specific passage in a developmentally appropriate way. Our speakers include local pastors, children’s ministers, youth leaders, Christian camp directors, parents, and BCS teachers, staff, and administrators. All would agree that Chapel is the favorite time of the week!

Recess

Students have the opportunity to learn socialization skills through play and free activities outdoors.  Lunch recess occurs after students are dismissed after eating and generally is 10-15 minutes per day. In addition, students enjoy a 20-30 minute recess daily.