Kindergarten

KinderBible (ABeka Curriculum)

Story cards are used to cover both the Old and New Testaments. Students have a Bible activity book in which they color, cut and glue their way through each story as a way to reinforce the lessons learned through the Bible. As the year progresses, students are given memory verses to practice at school and at home. By the third quarter the students are tested each Friday on a weekly verse. Wednesdays are GVCS Chapel where the students worship and hear from the Word of God.


Phonics and Handwriting (ABeka Curriculum)

Students begin the year reviewing their letters and sounds. They are taught proper stroke order for both capital and lower case letters. Handwriting is practiced daily and begins with letters then soon builds to words, phrases, and sentences. In Phonics, students quickly move into phonetic blends and word building, first with short vowel words and then long vowel. Special sounds are introduced to increase reading fluency in the middle of the year. By the end of the school year students will be able to mark short and long vowels, recognized beginning and ending sounds in a word, recognize special sounds in a word, and use their phonics skills to decode new words. We also practice rhyming, matching a phrase to a picture, and sentence structure.


Kinder 4Reading (Abeka Book Curriculum and Sam Book Series)

Our reading program begins before the first quarter ends in kindergarten. We begin with a sight word based whole language program called Sam Books. Students develop confidence in reading while exploring the world of Sam the Lion and all of his friends. We also use the "I can read" phonetic based reading program in combination with the Sam Books. These ABeka readers begin with short vowel words and move into long vowel words as well as words containing special sounds. Towards the end of the series students are also exposed to compound words. The books are read orally in class.


Kinder 2Math (Saxon 1st Grade Curriculum)

Our math curriculum uses a combination of hands on activities with manipulatives, calendar meetings, and seat work to learn such concepts as:

  • Identifying and writing numbers 1-100
  • Counting by 1's, 10's, 5's and 2's to 100
  • Counting with a one-to-one correspondence
  • Identifying the day of the week as well as the month, the date, and the year
  • Reading and extending patterns
  • Sorting objects by various attributes
  • Identifying and counting pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters
  • Telling time to the hour, half hour and quarter hour
  • Identifying geometric shapes
  • Creating pattern block designs
  • Using positional words and phrases
  • Identifying ordinal positions
  • Solving and writing story problems and combinations
  • One digit addition and subtraction
  • Placing an object on a real graph
  • Copying line segments, shapes, and designs on a geoboard
  • Measuring length using inches
  • Comparing and measuring objects by weight and capacity
  • Identifying and dividing into halves and fourths

Kinder 5Social Studies and Science (ABeka Curriculum)

Our social studies and science lessons are taught through weekly theme based units. Each week students will learn their lesson through stories, art projects, and hands on activities. Here are some examples of weekly themes:

  • Community Helpers
  • Space
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Holidays
  • Zoo and Farm Animals
  • Plants, Flowers, and Seeds
  • The Earth
  • Insects
  • Black History
  • Nevada Day

Kinder 3Evaluations

Students are given written and oral evaluations throughout the week in all subjects to determine their progress and retention of the material presented in class. They are given a score which is posted on our school's online grading program. These scores determine their grade in each subject.

The grading scale is as follows:

E - Excellent
G - Good
S – Satisfactory
NI – Needs Improvement
U – Unsatisfactory


Homework

Homework is done nightly with the exception of Fridays. Homework consists of a small handwritten worksheet, reading with a parent, and practicing your weekly Bible verse. It is turned in the next day.


Electives/Specials

  • Music - 1 day a week
  • Computers – 1 day a week
  • Art – 1 day a week
  • P.E. – 1 day a week
  • Chapel – 1 day a week

Kindergarten 2015 Terra Nova Test Scores

Reading: 2nd Grade Level (1st Month)
Language: 1st Grade Level (6th Month)
Math: 1st Grade Level (6th Month)
Overall Average: 1st Grade Level (9th Month) 

K-2 Bell Schedule

Class: 8:40am - 3:30pm
AM Safekey: 6:00am - 8:00am
PM Safekey: 3:45pm - 6:00pm