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Kindergarten
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Key Learnings

In this section:
Bible

Learn about the Life of Jesus and how to be like Jesus

  • Understand studying the Bible can lead to knowing God and learning to be like Him
  • Understand that the God family – “God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit” work in perfect unity, yet are separate and unique beings
  • Know that God is the Creator of the Universe and that He is everywhere at once and all-knowing
  • Learn the story of the origin of sin and God’s plan of salvation
  • Realize the benefit from following Christ’s example in one’s daily life
  • Understand that God depends on individuals to spread the Good News of salvation
  • Understand how to show one’s commitment to God
  • Know that people have similar spiritual gifts found in the Bible characters
  • Understand the freedom to choose good or evil
  • Explain the importance of prayer and praise
  • Develop a spirit of thankfulness
  • Know that Jesus is coming back

FINE ARTS

Art

  • Use different media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas, experiences and stories
  • Know the differences among visual characteristics and purposes of art in order to convey ideas
  • Select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning
  • Know that the visual arts have both history and specific relationships to various cultures
  • Identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times and places
  • Describe how people’s experiences influence the development of specific artworks
  • Identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum

Music

  • Initiate a steady beat
  • Recognize quarter notes
  • Begin echo singing
  • Sing with instrumental accompaniment
  • Discern when a verse has ended and a chorus has begun
  • Listen to band and orchestra music
  • Sing scripture songs and children’s hymns

LANGUAGE ARTS

Viewing

  • View pictures to gain meaning
  • Predict unknown words from picture clues
  • Answer questions as a means to understanding content
  • Share thoughts and feelings after viewing visual media
  • Sequence story events using pictures

Listening

  • Make eye contact
  • Listen and follow one and two step directions
  • Listen to others while waiting for turn to speak
  • Listen to a variety of media

Reading

  • Phonemic awareness
  • Explicit systematic phonics
  • Pre-reading concepts
  • Follow print from left to right
  • Make connections between words and pictures
  • Know that print tells the story

Speaking

  • Learn simple rules for conversation
  • Share information and ideas clearly

Visually Representing

  • Experiment with visual forms of communication
  • Design visual media to model what makes presentations appealing

Writing

  • Print from left to right
  • Use invented spelling
  • Correctly spell CVC/CVCC words
  • Dictate or write a personal experience in sequential order
  • Begin to use ending punctuation
  • Begin to use capitalization

MATH

Numbers and Operations

  • Count and understand numbers to 20
  • Write numbers 0 to 20
  • Use one-to-one correspondence with numbers and objects
  • Understand and represent adding two numbers with sums to ten
  • Add and subtract two numbers using objects to ten

Algebra

  • Recognize and explain how objects can be classified
  • Sort, classify and order objects by time, size, number and other properties
  • Compare and contrast objects
  • Identify, create, copy, describe, and extend sequences e.g. sounds, shapes, motions, numbers
  • Model a mathematical problem situation using manipulatives

Geometry

  • Compare, sort and arrange similar and different objects by size, color and shape
  • Identify triangles, squares and circles
  • Describe relative position of objects in space
  • Identify and fit pieces of puzzles/shapes that go together
  • Construct 3-dimensional objects

Measurement

  • Compare the weight of two objects and the capacity of two containers
  • Compare and describe length, size, distance, temperature e.g. long, longer, longest, same length
  • Measure length by counting non-standard units
  • Recognize how a thermometer denotes hot, cold and medium temperatures
  • Measure area using concrete objects
  • Order events by time e.g. before, after
  • Identify that clocks, watches and calendars are used to measure time
  • Tell time to the hour
  • Know and name the seven days of the week in order (relate to Sabbath)

Data Analysis/ Probability

  • Discuss events as likely or unlikely
  • Pose questions and gather data about themselves and their surroundings

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Spiritual Emphasis

  • Recognize that God’s ideal for quality living includes a healthy lifestyle
  • Incorporate into one’s lifestyle the principles that promote health: nutrition, exercise, water, sunlight, temperance, air, rest, trust in God
  • Avoid at-risk behaviors
  • Apply Christian principles in recreation and sports
  • Achieve a balance in work and leisure; balancing physical, mental, social and spiritual activities
  • Recognize the interaction of physical, mental and spiritual health with emotional and social well-being

Movement and Motor Skills

  • Demonstrate progress toward the mature form of selected manipulative, locomotor and non-locomotor skills
  • Demonstrate mature form in walking and running
  • Identify fundamental movement (skip, strike)
  • Establish a beginning movement vocabulary, e.g. personal space, high/low levels, fast/slow speeds, light/heavy weight, balance, twist
  • Apply appropriate concepts to performance, e.g. change direction while running

Lifestyle and Fitness

  • Participates daily in moderate to vigorous physical activity
  • Select and participate in activities that require some physical exertion during free time
  • Identify likes and dislikes connected with participation in physical activity
  • Sustain moderate to vigorous physical activity in accordance with an approved fitness test
  • Identify the physiological signs of moderate physical activity, e.g. fast heart rate, heavy breathing
  • Understand the value of engaging in physical activities as play and recreation
  • Associate positive feelings with participation in physical activity and play
  • Try new movement activities and skills

Sportsmanship and Appropriate Behaviors

  • Learn and apply concepts of grace and forgiveness
  • Apply, with teacher reinforcement, class room rules and procedures and safe practices
  • Share space and equipment with others
  • Recognize the joy of shared play
  • Interact positively with students in class regardless of personal differences e.g. race, gender, disability, religion

SCIENCE

Physical: Simple Measurement, Observation, Light/Colors

  • Perform simple comparative measurements
  • Describe objects according to their physical properties e.g., color, texture, size
  • Describe various sources of light
  • Identify sunlight as a composite of all colors
  • Identify primary colors
  • Describe the composition of secondary colors
  • Identify the fixed order of color as found in a rainbow

Life: Worms, Insects, Spiders

  • Recognize characteristics that are similar and different between organisms
  • Describe the basic needs of living things
  • Describe how related animals have similar characteristics
  • Identify how animals gather and store food, defend themselves, find shelter and adapt
  • Understand the beneficial effects of earthworms
  • Explain how insects are both harmful and helpful
  • Know the dangers of poisonous spiders

Earth: Air, Land, Water, Ecology, Seasons

  • Describe air as a substance that takes up space and moves around us
  • Recognize that the Earth is made up of land, water and the gases of the atmosphere
  • Recognize/describe appropriate ways to care for our Earth
  • Identify God’s role in the creation of the Universe
  • Understand how Earth’s position in relation to the sun accounts for days, seasons and years
  • Identify seasonal changes in weather patterns

Health: Home/School Safety

  • Identify common hazards and practice safety rules
  • Demonstrate appropriate work and play behaviors

Scientific Inquiry

  • Make observations
  • Ask questions or form hypotheses based on these observations
  • Plan a simple investigation
  • Collect data from the investigation
  • Use the data collected from the investigation to explain the results
  • Safely use and store tools and equipment

Service/Career Options

  • Explore ways to use Physical, Life, Health, and/or Earth Science to serve the community
  • Identify careers in areas of science

SOCIAL STUDIES

History: Yourself (Time, Families, Holidays)

  • Introduce calendar time: days, weeks, months, birthdays, holidays
  • Develop a personal picture time line
  • Understand that God has a plan for each person
  • Understand one’s role in one’s family
  • Explore the contributions of the lives of people in past and present

Civics: Ideas about Civic Life, Politics and Government

  • Understand basic safety rules
  • Understand individual roles in groups and government
  • Understand the relationship between home, school and the community
  • Appreciate and respect diversity
  • Know the importance of Christian citizenship
  • Develop responsibility through good decision making

Geography: Geographic Features and Patterns of the Environment

  • Know where each lives
  • Know what it is like where each lives e.g. weather, topography

Economics: Role of Community Helpers

  • Understand that community helpers are paid for the services provided
  • Explore basic information about transportation and communication
  • Know that a price is the amount a person pays when goods or services are bought
  • Know the major services provided by the community
  • Know that some of the goods and services are provided by the government

TECHNOLOGY

  • Demonstrate proper use and care of computers and other audio-visual equipment
  • Begin learning basic keyboarding
  • Use a variety of electronic resources to enhance learning and access information
  • Use computers to express ideas with drawing and word processing software
  • Begin learning correct use of computer terms
  • Practice courtesy and sharing of computer time

Our key learnings are aligned with the North American Division curriculum guides, national standards, McRel Database (Mid-Continental Regional Educational Laboratory) and Ten Sigma (a compilation of standards for 38 states).