The Kindergarten experience provides a transition environment from the home, the nursery school or the pre-kindergarten program to the structure of formal schooling. The Kindergarten prepares the child for future learning through a developmentally appropriate program with attention to individual readiness and by exposure to activities and formal skills.
Our full day program at Sacred Heart builds on the child’s previous experiences and then blends those with formal instruction. It is a balanced program; one that includes hands-on activities, play and the use of learning centers, as well as the introduction of formal skills, all with the goal of preparing the children for what they will experience in first grade.
Socialization skills and creativity are strong components of our program at Sacred Heart. Opportunities to shine are especially highlighted during our Small Blessings Christmas play, the activities involved in Grandparents’ Day, Junior Olympics, our St Patrick’s Day Parade, and the Graduation ceremony. So many great things happen in Kindergarten!
The curriculum consists of daily instruction in:
- Reading/Language Arts:
- Oral Language
- Shared Reading
- Word Work
- Communication Skills: speaking, listening, writing, comprehension
- Math: The curriculum is based on The Archdiocese of Newark’s Mathematics Curriculum Map which identifies the content to be taught at each grade level. The Kindergarten map includes:
- Number Sense
- Sort and Classify
- Calendar Skills
- Fractional Parts
- Addition and Subtraction
- Social Studies
- Physical Education
- Introduction to World Language (Spanish)