Students develop emergent reading skills such as all the letters and sounds of the alphabet, distinguish between written letters, words and sentences, read sight words, make predictions and draw conclusions, recognize rhyming words and sequence pictures to tell a story. Students will use their critical thinking skill to brainstorm ideas related to various topics. They can read and comprehend stories, and can write three sentences about a topic.
By the conclusion of kindergarten students understand how to tell time to the hour. They can count to 100 by 1's, 5's, and 10's. They can write and recognize numbers to 100. They will learn addition and subtraction facts to 10. They will recognize penny, nickel, dime and quarter and know the amounts of each coin. Students can recognize and complete simple patterns.
Kindergarten children acquire a basic knowledge of the teachings, practices and beliefs of the Catholic Church and demonstrate that knowledge through informal assessments. Children should feel they are special persons created by God as well as respect themselves and others because God made them and respect all creation as gifts from God. They should have reverence for the Bible as a special book about God and all God's people and lastly have some knowledge of Church rituals and their meanings.
Kindergarten students learn science through hands-on activities. Students engage in weather graphing, make predictions on what will come next in a pattern, observe and measure plant growth, estimate temperatures during the seasons, learn the safety rules in using science materials, sort collections of matter by shape, color, texture, size and function. Students explore how light forms shadows as the light source changes; they can classify objects by such characteristics as sink/float, bend/rigid, small/large and heavy/light. Students learn the difference between living things and non-living things. They look at the habitats of different animals, understand what pollution does to the earth and how recycling helps the earth.
Students are able to illustrate steps of everyday activities in chronological order using pictures, identify key American symbols, holidays, and prominent historical figures, recognize the features of the map and globe, describe family customs and celebrations, define the role of community helpers, describe what it means to be a good citizen and will be able to explain how money is used.