What to Expect in Kindergarten
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10:14
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BIBLE: Students hear Bible stories from Genesis through Joshua. They memorize parts of the Bible, including the Ten Commandments and memory verses for each letter of the alphabet. Students learn about Jesus the Savior, creation, Old Testament heroes, and the making of disciples, both in the Bible and in their own lives.
READING & PHONICS: Teachers use read-aloud books and big books to model and teach excellent reading skills. They also use leveled books for small group instruction to teach students how to decode words, process through text, and gain comprehension skills. Systematic phonics is taught and integrated into whole and small group reading.
HANDWRITING: Students learn and practice proper letter formation and grip to encourage good handwriting skills. Students begin to learn the fundamentals of the writing process.
SCIENCE: Students learn about the five senses, weather, temperature, seeds, animals, insects, the ocean, and seasons.
SOCIAL STUDIES: Students learn about aspects of God’s world, including their community, our great nation, and the children of the world. Students also study Christopher Columbus, the pilgrims, and Native Americans.
MATH: Students learn foundational math skills and work through addition, subtraction classification, and number sense.
PERFORMING ARTS: Students are provided the opportunity to explore and showcase their God-given gifts and talents in the areas of music performance, movement, drama, and worship. They are taught fundamental concepts of reading music, music theory, and acting and speaking skills to help them cultivate an appreciation for the arts.
SPANISH: Students study practical and age-appropriate Spanish. They learn Bible stories in Spanish, participate in Spanish prayer, and study Spanish-speaking countries.
ART: Students study famous artists and different cultures. They begin to learn the basic elements of art and principles of design, while exploring different types of media and techniques to create artwork.
STEM: Students integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics through engaging, hands-on projects with a biblical worldview. They learn to be creative problem solvers by exploring the Engineering Design Process. Cooperative and purposeful teamwork helps students listen, improve, and succeed.
TECHNOLOGY: Students learn to be safe digital natives in our technology enrichment classes, and they learn grade-level appropriate computer and keyboarding skills. As they progress through lower school, students learn various aspects of Google Software for Education that help prepare them for middle school and beyond.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Students have P.E. each week. They learn the basics of a myriad of sports and engage in activities that promote character and good sportsmanship.
LIBRARY: Students visit the library media center weekly. They are provided lessons to enrich their reading skills and promote a desire for life-long reading and are given time to browse and check out books for independent reading.
CHAPEL: Our vision is to transform new generations of students who use their minds, hearts, hands, and feet to be culture makers for Jesus Christ. We focus on developing winsome Christian character and strong biblical knowledge.
RECESS: Students have recess daily.
Classroom and family come together for Muffins for Moms, Dynamite Dads, a sock hop, and more. Students present songs at Kindergarten Graduation and Hill Country’s annual fine arts event, “An Evening of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness.” Students celebrate God’s marvelous works in the Creation Program.
Our field studies enrich the curriculum and may include visiting Crowe’s Nest Farm or a fire station. Students participate in service projects, such as honoring community helpers and Operation Christmas Child.