Kindergarten Fun at Monsignor Slade Catholic School
Monsignor Slade Catholic School offers a robust, fun, and engaging learning experience for students entering Kindergarten. Children are welcomed into a safe environment where their teachers nurture and care for them while fueling their desire to learn and grow academically, socially, and emotionally.
Our Kindergarten curriculum encompasses lessons in religion, English Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. The religion program focuses on faith-development which explores God’s gift of love. Children learn about God, Jesus, creation, Baptism, family, the Mass, the Rosary, the Liturgy, holidays in the Catholic church, the Old Testament and New Testament, and the Saints.
The Kindergarten English Language Arts program is comprehensive, and ensures students grow as life-long readers and writers. Lessons focus on proper letter formation, letter sounds, rhyming, and blending of letter sounds to decode words. As the year progresses, students learn to segment sounds to spell phonetically, participate in shared and individual creative writing projects, develop their vocabulary, and more. By year’s end, students should be reading aloud, recognizing word families, should have improved their knowledge of grammar and punctuation, and been introduced to different genres of literature.
The mathematics curriculum in Kindergarten includes problem-solving and a connection to literature. Students work through sorting and classifying, geometry of plane and solid shapes, positions, graphing, fractions, symmetry, the calendar, and measurement. As the year progresses, after students have identified and quantified numbers 1-100, they learn addition and subtraction, too.
In science, Kindergarten students cover the following areas: scientific inquiry, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Physical Science. Units covered during the year include: biomes, the Chesapeake Bay, nutrition and dental health, animals, plants, life cycles, magnets, weather, the solar system, simple machines, and dinosaurs.
Social studies units are often introduced through a cross-curricular connection in Kindergarten. For instance, students will study Maryland in conjunction with their focus on the Chesapeake Bay during science lessons. Areas of study include culture and diversity; time, continuity, and change; people, places, and environments, and government. Some units the teachers and students will cover are: seasons, fire prevention, presidents, holidays around the world, the globe and map skills, famous Americans, neighborhoods, and transportation.
The Kindergarten curriculum at Monsignor Slade Catholic School is designed to foster a love of learning for each student and to enhance a child’s natural curiosity. The Kindergarten teachers will encourage your child’s interests, introduce him or her to new concepts and ideas, and most importantly offer a classroom where learning and thriving in a safe environment equals success. To learn more about our Kindergarten program and availability for the upcoming or future school years, please inquire via our website.