He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Psalm 78:5-7

Hello, my name is Rose Dunlap, and one of the best parts of my job as the elementary principal at St. Joseph Christian School is getting to supervise our Kindergarten program and work with our precious young learners.  What makes kindergarten at SJCS so different?   The difference is SJCS students not only have ample opportunities to grow academically, socially, and emotionally but also spiritually.

In Luke chapter 2 verse 52, it says “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” and at SJCS, our desire is to see our students grow like Jesus.  In a God-centered classroom, under the patient, loving guidance of dedicated teachers, students learn how to work and play well together as a community of learners whose purpose is to glorify God in all they do.  If you’d like to learn more about kindergarten at SJCS, please call and schedule a tour today. 

…his teacher worked with him 1-on-1 the whole year. The awesome thing is, he left kindergarten THINKING he was getting 1-on-1 work because he was the BEST reader, not the worst. Because his self-worth was intact, he went on to excel in school! Parent on GreatSchools.org

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KINDERGARTEN


Purpose

We believe that each student should increase in wisdom and in stature, in favor with God and man (Luke 2:52). Our kindergarten curriculum strives to address the whole child and help them achieve:

  • wisdom: cognitively
  • stature: physically
  • favor with God: spiritually
  • favor with man: socially

Proverbs 22:6 reads, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” To “train” means to exercise, to discipline, to teach and form by practice. When a child is trained, it becomes part of his character. As it becomes part of his spirit, he has to go against his spirit to do the wrong thing. Our goals in kindergarten are to train children to:

  • respect authority
  • be attentive
  • obey willingly
  • apply themselves diligently
  • do their best
  • learn to work hard
  • learn rules and apply them

Bible

Using ABeka, ACSI and Character First curriculums we will study both Old and New Testament figures to learn how to be more like Jesus. Memory verses are recited each Friday. “Missions Mike” will introduce us to missionaries around the world. We will make application of Bible truths to our daily lives and begin to develop practices of godly behavior. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” -Psalm 119:105

Phonics

We will learn the sounds of each letter, blend them and begin reading this year. Reading circles will begin the first part of December. Using the ABeka program we will begin practice and drill of phonics to begin students on a solid base for reading. We will learn many phonetic rules and increase vocabulary. “For it is: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule, a little here, a little there.” -Isaiah 28:10

Reading

Students will learn to read through phonemic awareness activities and phonics instruction while being exposed to a variety of colorful and interesting books. Through the modeling of skills and group work, students will also practice the beginning stages of reading for understanding. Reading instruction will consist of whole group work as well as individualized instruction in the small group setting, or reading circles. We finish our day with story time. We are excited to share books from home, especially large picture books with good text. Holiday time is a particularly fun time to send books. These books will not be freely passed among the students for silent reading time; only read aloud and returned. Students will have the opportunity to order books from God’s World Book Club each month to practice reading and enjoying books. Cash for the correct amount can be sent in a sealed, marked envelope with the order slip or a check can be made to SJC. “When your words came I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight.” Jeremiah 15:16

Science

We will study animals, seasons, the weather, and our bodies to show the wonders of God’s designs. “I will praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 119:14

Math

We will learn to work with the following number concepts: less than/ more than, before, after, between, smallest, and largest. We will learn to count to 100 by l’s, 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s. Number families and addition facts to 10 will be covered. Telling time, money, and subtraction concepts will be introduced. “But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.” 1 Corinthians 14:40

Writing

Children will learn to write numbers, letters, blends, words and then sentences. Emphasis is placed on working slowly and carefully. Students will have a standard to follow and be encouraged to diligently work to meet it. “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” Ecclesiastes 9:10

Social Studies

We will learn how God directs the lives of people in order to accomplish His will. Community Helpers will be studied with emphasis placed on following God’s plan for our lives. Using the ABeka curriculum we will study Our Great Country, America as well as Children Around the World. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19

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Physical Education

We will participate in a weekly P.E. time to develop many motor skills as well as practice Christ-like behavior with peers while participating in games and activities. On the day we have P.E. we do not usually have recess. “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit?” 1 Cor. 6:19

Recess

Young children have an abundance of energy and a short attention span. Recess allows an opportunity to release energy and return to the classroom better able to focus on their work. We will attempt to play outside if at all possible so please dress your child accordingly. Please mark all balls and play equipment brought from home. “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” Ecc. 3:1

Music

We will incorporate songs into everything possible in the classroom, from vowel sounds to addition using finger plays, action songs, and rhymes. In addition, students will have a weekly lesson with the music teacher as well as participate in the elementary Christmas program. “Sing joyfully to the Lord” Psalm 33:1

Art

We will have a weekly lesson with the art teacher. Throughout the year we will also do a variety of hands-on projects in the classroom complementing our language arts and other subjects. “For by Him were all things created” 1Corinthians 1:16