The purpose of the full-day kindergarten program is to develop those skills which will prepare the child for academic achievement.
Major emphasis is placed on cultivating social and self-help skills: following rules, separating from a parent, sharing the teacher’s attention, responsibility for personal belongings, and relating with other children.
Within the atmosphere of a faith community, the children learn that they are special and loved by God, through their family and the family of the Church. Children are introduced to prayer and to the loving goodness of God through the gifts of creation and through the greatest Gift, Jesus. They participate in school prayer and liturgical services.
Kindergarten students are prepared for reading, language arts, and mathematics by participating in activities that develop communication skills, listening skills, hand-eye coordination, letter and number recognition and formation, and following directions. Field trips, show and tell, the use of books, tapes, posters, and alphabet cards help the child to recall and tell stories, sequence events, learn the alphabet sounds, spell, and appreciate books. Children who are reading or are advanced in other areas are given activities suitable for their level. Through the use of manipulatives and games, children learn to recognize the numerals, money, one-to-one correspondence, geometric shapes, measurement and to do simple addition and subtraction. Activities such as cutting, pasting, coloring, using clay, painting, LEGO and block building, and creative play help to develop fine motor coordination in preparation for writing.
The kindergarten students also participate in weekly physical education classes with age appropriate games and exercises. These classes aid in developing fine and gross motor skills, and teach the child to share, to work as a team, and to follow directions.
The students learn the basics of the computer. They have the opportunity to work in the computer lab weekly and are taught grade appropriate skills. In addition, the children have opportunities to work with reading and math software in their classroom.
The youngsters also participate in weekly art, library, and music classes.