Classically Educating Disciples for Christ

Kindergarten

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BIBLE: Jesus - What a Savior!

Primary objectives—The students will be able to:

  • Explain that God alone can make us truly happy
  • Explain how Creation is a display of how special God is.
  • Describe that God created people to enjoy his glory.
  • Consistently participate in daily prayer.
  • Describe what sin is, explain that all people are sinners and how sin alienates us from God.
  • Describe God's love and forgiveness and how he desires to save sinners and wants to make us a special people for himself.
  • Explain that God’s laws and commandments are perfect, right and good.
  • Explain that God sent Jesus to die for our sins, remove our guilt, and redeem us so we can enjoy him forever. 
  • Explain how Jesus seeks and saves after individual sinners and saves them. 
  • Know the Bible stories used to support these objectives and quote key Scriptures for each lesson.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction—using Bible reading, story telling, pictures, drama, puppets, etc.
  • Large group participation—using daily singing, prayer (teacher-led).
  • Projects and art work integrated with other subject areas.
  • Use timeline to understand sequence of events.

Primary texts and materials

  • Bible, English Standard Version
  • Jesus What a Savior! published by Children Desiring God
  • The Child’s Story Bible
  • The Big Book of Questions and Answers About Jesus
  • The Big Book of Questions and Answers about God
  • The Children’s Illustrated Bible
  • Wee Sing Bible Songs

Approximate time per week – 2 hours (excluding integration)

PHONICS and READING

Primary objectives—The students will be able to:

  • Understand that God gave us letters and language.
  • Correctly identify upper and lower case letters of the alphabet.
  • Correctly identify consonants and vowels.
  • Correctly and consistently vocalize the most frequently used sounds of each letter of the alphabet and recognize that letters represent sounds.
  • Demonstrate the ability to blend sounds together in short vowel words.
  • Correctly identify and vocalize short vowel sounds to decode words.
  • Use decoding skills to begin reading primers.
  • Identify the initial, medial and final sounds of words.
  • Recall specific, important details from stories and books read aloud by them or to them.
  • Share favorite books with others, either by reading them aloud or describing them.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction
  • Individual and small group instruction (based on reading ability)
  • Use of art and drama to encourage a love of books

Primary texts and materials

  • Saxon Phonics K               
  • Book titles from the SFS literature list
  • Reproducible Phonics Worksheets (as needed for reinforcement)

Approximate time per week— 7 ¾ hours

MATH

Primary objectives—The students will be able to:

  • State that God gave us numbers and systems of math to help us.
  • Make correct comparisons (more or less) between items according to length, quantity, weight, volume, and duration.
  • After gaining adequate knowledge through practice, graph basic comparison information.
  • Identify and state the values of a penny, a nickel, a dime.
  • Identify the half-hour and hour markings on a clock.
  • Consistently arrange items to form predictable patterns.
  • Explore new ways of manipulating materials, e.g., counting, sorting, comparing sizes and shapes, and making designs and patterns.
  • Correctly organize items according to their distinctive properties or characteristics; i.e., practice noticing small details and distinctions to aid in classifying.
  • Properly form written numbers.
  • Consistently and correctly count forward and backward.
  • Count by ones, twos, fives and tens to one hundred (grasp basic base ten system).
  • Explore and correctly use basic (1-20) addition and subtraction through repeated combinations of numbers.
  • Work independently to complete written and oral story problems.
  • Describe correctly the fractions 1/2, 1/3, and 1/4.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction: using manipulatives and/or integration with other subjects
  • Individual and small group work using Saxon materials
  • Math centers and games
  • Use of play money and clocks

Primary texts and materials

  • Saxon Math 1
  • Kindergarten reproducible math worksheets
  • Variety of manipulatives

Approximate time per week— 5 hours

CURSIVE

Primary objectives—The student will be able to:

  • Consistently form upper- and lower-case letters from memory with increasing accuracy and style.
  • Demonstrate consistent neatness standards in writing assignments and other work.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction and assignments
  • Individual instruction

Primary texts and materials

  • New American Cursive Workbook 1

Approximate class time per week – 3 ¼ hours

HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY: Middleborough, Massachusetts

Primary objectives—The students will be able to:

  • Begin to understand God’s sovereignty in history and explain in their own words that God is sovereign in their lives, their families, and in the world (drawn from scriptural stories and readings through the year).
  • Begin to understand that it is God’s providential acts that bring about the events of history.
  • Begin to understand a timeline of history by using personal family information.
  • Recall the basic tasks done by Middleborough town service personnel (e.g., firemen, police, selectmen, town manager, etc.).
  • Identify the location of their homes on a basic city map (possibly class-made).
  • Identify the major land features and uses of land in this area.
  • Recall basic facts of  Middleborough and Plymouth County history.
  • Recall the name of the state in which they live.
  • Recall their own address and telephone number.
  • Explain the major national holidays.
  • Read basic maps.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction using maps, pictures, guest speakers, artifacts, stories/biographies, models, and other visual helps to illustrate changes over time
  • Construction of individual student timeline
  • Build models, make family trees, make foods, make local crafts, read stories, listen to stories, do drama, make maps, make time capsules
  • Integrate with Bible and art (geographical features)
  • Field trips to locations important to the town of Middleborough  (the Middleborough Historical Museum, First Congregational Church, Oliver Mill, etc.)

Primary texts and materials

  • Bible (ESV)
  • Middleborough and Plymouth County maps
  • Pictures, artifacts, and pamphlets
  • Student family photos

Approximate time per week— 2 hours (excluding integration)

SCIENCE: Physical Science - Five Senses, the Seasons, Classification

Primary objectives - The students will be able to:

  • State that God is the Creator of the earth and all that is in it.
  • Describe the way in which our five senses work and explain how we can find out about God’s Creation by using them. 
  • Describe the weather changes from day to day and over the seasons.
  • Identify that the sun supplies heat and light to the earth and is necessary for life.
  • Recognize events around us that have repeating patterns, such as day and night and the seasons of the year. 
  • Classify living and nonliving things according to the characteristics that they share.
  • Sort objects by observable properties such as size, shape, color, weight, and texture.
  • Identify and describe characteristics of natural materials and man-made materials.
  • Ask questions about objects, organisms, and events in the environment.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction
  • Simple hands-on experiments and observation

Primary texts and materials

  • Literature and science books to support objectives
  • Physical elements such as water, rocks, soil, seeds, plants, insects, animals
  • Pictures and elements of the changing seasons
  • Series of books - Move It, Change It, Build It... by Adrienne Mason

Approximate time per week – 1 hour