Kindergarten Philosophy

Philosophy Statement: Development of a biblical worldview based on God’s Holy Word is the foundation to living the Christian life. Immersing students in Scripture content begins at an early age through grade level Bible curriculum and biblical integration in every core curriculum. Study of God’s Word leads students to the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom guiding students in the development of godly inner character, and the pursuit of a personal saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Students’ spiritual, emotional and intellectual needs are met as they commit Scripture to memory, lead an active prayer life, and apply biblical truths daily.

Course Objective: The students will survey the Bible, conduct an in-depth, personalized study of selected biblical passages, and participate in activities to help them apply the Scriptures to important issues faced by Kindergarten students. The materials are designed to capture the students’ interest and encourage them to think and become more Christ-like. The focus is on personal Bible study and the understanding of principles which can guide all of life’s decisions.

Resources/Textbook:

  • Holy Bible (NIV)
  • Positive Action Bible Curriculum

Materials:

  • Student workbook
  • Praise and worship music

Time Allotment: 30 minutes per day, 4 days per week, 2 semesters

Course Content:

  • Genesis
  • Moses
  • Old Testament Heroes
  • Life of Jesus
  • Paul

Areas to be evaluated:
Class participation, workbook pages, memory verses and quizzes.

Additional Activities:

  • Chapel (once a week)
  • Drama
  • Creative writing
  • Singing
  • Sharing
  • Prayer time

Philosophy Statement: The language arts are based on the knowledge that God is a communicating God. He desires for us to understand and obey his spoken and written Word. He has given us the ability to communicate with each other. We desire to develop this gift to become effective communicators by a strong emphasis on reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Course Objective: The goal of our Language Arts program is for the students to be able to read with fluency and confidence. Our program will encompass reading, writing, phonemic awareness, decoding, encoding, listening, and speaking. We will expose the children to many different genres of literature, in addition to poetry, sayings, and phrases.

Resources/Textbook:
• Core Knowledge Teacher Handbook, Grade K
• Holy Bible (NIV)
• Saxon Phonics Teacher Resource Book
• Handwriting without Tears
• Mountain Language

Materials:
• Saxon student worksheets
• Literacy manipulatives
• Alphabet songs/books by Frog Street Press
• Journals
• Various websites, games and manipulatives

Time Allotment: 60 minutes per day, 4 days per week, 2 semesters

Course Content:
• Penmanship
• Phonics
• Reading comprehension
• Reading literature

Areas to be evaluated:
Class participation, worksheet pages and oral evaluation.

Additional Activities:
A variety of other activities are included.

Philosophy Statement: Mathematical truths demonstrate the orderliness, precision, and consistency of God. Man’s creativity, like God’s, often requires mathematical understanding, and the knowledge of mathematical concepts add to our understanding of expressions in other areas of life.

Course Objective: In mathematics, God has blessed His creation with the ability to count, tell time, and make change. As students learn to appreciate God’s gift of numbers and use of computation, they will be able to apply fundamental mathematical concepts and operations in different types of “life” situations. Students will receive instruction in and demonstrate the ability to perform basic mathematical functions and problem-solving in the areas of patterns/classification, numbers/number sense, money, computation, measurement, and geometry.

Resources/Textbook:
• Core Knowledge Teacher Handbook, Grade K
• Holy Bible (NIV)
• HMH Go Math! Mathematics
• Mountain Math

Materials:
• Various mathematic manipulatives
• Student workbook pages
• Song posters, mathematic literature, and calendar

Time Allotment: 25 minutes per day, 5 days per week, 2 semesters

Course Content:
• Sorting and classifying
• Counting to 10
• Space, 3-D shapes, and patterns
• Exploring numbers 0-9
• Introducing measurement
• Comparing, ordering, and joining numbers
• Exploring patterns and 2-D shapes
• Grouping and separating numbers
• Exploring numbers 11-15
• Measurement
• Exploring numbers 0-20
• Equal groups, sharing, and fractions

Areas to be evaluated:
Class participation, student workbook pages and oral evaluations.

Additional Activities:
Mathematical literature, number games and songs.

Philosophy Statement: The natural world was created by the word of God and reveals facets of the character and nature of God. Science is taught through problem solving, hands-on experiments, observation and conclusions. Science education should provide students with an understanding of His created world, creating a sense of awe and wonder concerning God. Foundations of science understanding can be used for further study and academic preparation to equip students to compassionately care for people and wisely steward creation.

Course Objective: The students will receive instruction in and demonstrate the ability to understand/apply basic scientific information in the areas of plants, animals, the human body, magnetism, seasons, weather, taking care of the Earth, and science biographies.

Resources/Textbook:
• Purposeful Design Science
• Holy Bible (NIV)

Materials:
• Experimental tools
• Enrichment worksheets
• Manipulative materials

Time Allotment: 35 minutes per day, 5 days per week, 2 semesters

Course Content:
• Animals and their needs
• Human body
• Introduction to magnetism
• Plants and plant growth
• Science biographies
• Seasons and weather
• Taking care of the earth

Areas to be evaluated:
Class participation (discussions, experiments), student worksheets and oral evaluations.

Additional Activities:
• Songs
• Scientific literature

Philosophy Statement: By looking at the themes of social studies (commonality and diversity, conflict and cooperation, continuity and change, individualism and interdependence, and interaction with environment) we can see that God has a plan He is carrying to completion and history records the progress of that plan. Through studying history and geography, students can better understand the world and become active citizens.

Course Objective: In Kindergarten, children often study aspects of the world around them. Our focus is to broaden and complement this natural curiosity and the beginnings of understanding of spatial sense of the world, the awareness of physical processes that shape life, and a sense of the interactions between humans and their environment. The students will receive instruction and demonstrate the ability to understand basic World/American History and Geography.

Resources/Textbook:
• Core Knowledge Teacher Handbook, Grade K
• Holy Bible (NIV)

Materials:
• Geographical tools (maps, globes)
• Money (Presidential application)
• Examples/pictures of American symbols and figures
• Geographical/historical literature

Time Allotment: 35 minutes per day, 5 days per week, 2 semesters

Course Content:
• Geography/Spatial sense
• Overview of the Seven Continents
• Native American peoples, past and present
• Early exploration and settlement
• Presidents, past and present
• Symbols and figures

Areas to be evaluated:
Class participation (discussions, projects), student worksheets and oral evaluations.

Additional Activities:
• Songs and poems
• Geographical and historical literature

Philosophy Statement: God’s word says in 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” This is our approach to physical education and athletics. Physical education is a tool to develop attitudes toward a personal commitment to health, physical activity, and lifetime fitness that glorifies and honors God.

Course Objective: Students will experience various games and activities while developing gross motor skills and becoming more aware of the importance of physical fitness.

Resources/Textbook:
• Holy Bible (NIV)

Materials:
• Various supplies/equipment needed for some activities.

Time Allotment: 25 minutes per day, 1 day per week, 2 semesters

Course Content:
• Obstacle Courses
• Movements and music
• Games
• Basketball skills
• Tennis skills
• Volleyball skills
• Floor hockey skills
• Kickball Skills
• Soccer Skills
• Stunts and tumbling activities
• Jump rope skills
• Speed stacking
• President’s fitness testing

Areas to be evaluated:
Class participation.

Additional Activities:
A variety of other activities are included.

Philosophy Statement: Ethical use of technology and honorable business practices should glorify God. Technology is broadly defined as the creative use and application of knowledge to achieve a practical result. With these things in mind, students will learn effective and ethical business practices to create and use technology to produce results that glorify God.

Course Objective: Students will receive instruction and be able to use technology in conjunction with creative problem solving, project management, and interpersonal communication skills. A major component of the Technology Curriculum is the development of a general set of profiles describing technology-literate students at key developmental points in their pre-college education. These profiles reflect the underlying assumption that all students should have the opportunity to develop technology skills that support learning, personal productivity, decision-making, and daily life. These profiles and associated standards provide a framework for preparing students to be lifelong learners who make informed decisions about the role of technology in their lives.

Resources/Textbook:
• JumpStart Phonics
• JumpStart Math Blaster
• Read, Write and Type
• KidsPix Deluxe

Materials:
• Classroom website
• Student projects
• Computer with Internet access
• Office productivity software
• Graphics communication hardware and software
• Multimedia Hardware and Software

Time Allotment: 25 minutes per day, 1 day per week, 2 semesters

Course Content:
• Basic operations and concepts
• Social, ethical, and human issues
• Technology productivity tools
• Technology communications tools
• Technology research tools
• Technology problem-solving and decision-making tools

Areas to be evaluated:
Class participation, project quality and completion.

Additional Activities:
• Group projects
• Problem based learning

Philosophy Statement: Art is based on the truth that God is the Supreme Creator and is interested in beauty (Genesis 1:1). His original creation is both artful and awe-inspiring. Christians are to understand and appreciate the beauty of God and utilize their imaginations to create works that reflect his nature and inspire worship.

Course Objective: The students will explore and experience various mediums, while studying art history including artists, works of art, and movements. Students will also become familiar with color theory, the elements of art, principles of design and artistic concepts and techniques. Integrating God’s word will help students grasp that God is a God of beauty.

Resources/Textbook:
• Core Knowledge Teacher Handbook, Grade K
• Selected prints from the Core Knowledge Sequence for Visual Art
• Holy Bible (NIV)

Materials:
• Drawing paper
• Graphite, oil pastels, charcoal, drawing materials
• Various types of paints and related materials
• Various materials for collage, sculpture, etc.
• Clay/Kiln for firing
• Color wheel

Time Allotment: 25 minutes per day, 1 day per week, 2 semesters

Course Content:
• Elements of art
• Sculpture
• Looking at and talking about art

Areas to be evaluated:
Class participation, project quality and completion

Additional Activities:
• Free Draw – students will have drawing time to encourage creative thinking.

Philosophy Statement: Music is one of the essential parts of a Christian’s existence. It is the translation of ideas, feelings, and experiences into audible expression before our Lord. As the Bible says, we are created and called to “Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day… “(1 Chronicles 16:23) In music, students will continually be called upon to see, explore and react to the glory of God and His creation through singing, listening, moving, and playing instruments.

Course Objective: The elementary music program includes instruction in three areas of study: general music, choral music and instrumental music and aligns both with the Oklahoma PASS skills and the National Standards of Music. Performance and basic music theory skills are taught and reinforced within an ensemble structure.

Resources/Textbook:
• Core Knowledge Teacher Handbook, Grade K
• Selected songs from the Core Knowledge Sequence for Vocal Music
• The Music Connection, Grade K
• Holy Bible (NIV)

Materials:
• Instruments
• Boom whackers
• Rhythm instruments
• Various multi-sensory materials
• Various music CDs

Time Allotment: 25 minutes per day, 1 day per week, 2 semesters

Course Content:
• Elements of music
• Listening and understanding
• Songs
• Language of music
• Music history and culture
• Music expression
• Music appreciation

Areas to be evaluated:
Class participation.

Additional Activities:
Required participation in seasonal programs.