Let the Children Come!
Kindergarten at Zion Lutheran School is a time of change, challenge and opportunity! Our five and six- year olds make great intellectual and spiritual leaps throughout the school year. Areas of personal growth include personal responsibility, self-direction and logical thinking. Our kindergarten experience shapes a child’s faith foundation and outlook on lifelong learning. The following paragraphs describe the expansive curricular experiences in our kindergarten classrooms. Zion offers half or whole day kindergarten with the opportunity for before or after school care.
The Daily Five: Fostering Literacy Independence
The Daily Five provides a framework for fostering literacy independence in kindergarten. Our literacy block provides five specific opportunities for students to fully engage in reading and writing activities: reading to self; working on writing; reading to someone else; listening to reading and word work. Strategies are designed to help students develop lifelong habits of reading and writing independently. Goals specific to the Daily Five framework include: student independence, stamina and personal accountability. Follow the link to learn more about The Daily Five format.
The Balanced Literacy Approach
Encouraging individual readers build an effective system for processing a variety of increasingly challenging texts over time.
Our Balanced Literacy program strikes a balance between both whole language and phonics. It is based on the premise that all students can learn to read and write through scaffolding. Balanced Literacy allows for flexibility within the classroom. It allows the teacher to meet each child where the student is and move the student forward in a manner and time suited to the individual. Additionally, Zion employs a part-time literacy coach to assist teachers in the planning of their small group work and lessons. The literacy coach serves as a reference to teachers in learning new strategies and in the evaluation of students for placement in appropriate guided reading levels.
Hands-On Experiences and Rich Mathematical Conversations
All new concepts are developed through hands-on activities and rich mathematical conversations that actively engage students in the learning process. Concepts are developed, reviewed and practiced over time; ensuring students retain all concepts and make important connections between mathematical understandings. Lessons are linked to everyday experiences, which makes learning more meaningful for the student. The following link provides a glance at our yearly mathematical scope and sequence for the kindergarten year.
One in Christ
One in Christ curricular experiences help students learn of God’s Word through practical, engaging lessons. The spiritual understandings gained from the lessons are integrated into all curricular areas and extend into the playground, the home and the neighborhood, and ultimately around the world. Curriculum goals include: know our one true God (Bible literacy); grow in personal faith (discipleship); live in joy and contentment; express their faith and hope in eternal life in Christ Jesus. Click on the link to find our curriculum scope and sequence.
Zion kindergarten students develop the important skills they need to print words and sentences through Zaner-Bloser’s step-by-step process for learning legible handwriting – a vital literacy skill. Developmentally appropriate activities increase legibility through regular self-evaluation. Fluency and automaticity are our end-goals..
Second Step: Skills for Social and Academic Success
The goal of the Second Steps program is to increase students’ success and decrease problem behaviors by promoting social-emotional competence and self-regulation skills. Specific program goals include: listening and paying attention; managing personal behavior and emotions; solving problems; and getting along better with others. These skills are essential for success in school, in the workplace and in life. The following link provides a look at our Second Step scope and sequence.
Extending Kindergarten learning opportunities include: Physical Education; Music; Library; Field Trips, Weekly Chapel; Parent & Kindergarten projects; and special celebrations for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Mom’s Day, Dad’s Day, and Grandparents’ Day.
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Contact Early Childhood Director, Cheryl Haun at firstname.lastname@example.org or 636-441-7424