The Kindergarten curriculum includes a well-balanced and comprehensive program of both workbook and hands-on learning activities integrated with Biblical truths and principles. Content in various subject areas is coordinated as much as possible for optimal learning experiences. Highlights of the kindergarten program and curriculum follow:
Bible: Kindergarten Bible includes several areas: listening to familiar Bible stories, especially those focused on the children of the Bible with an emphasis on God's care; applying Biblical principles such as obedience, honesty and sharing to life's problems; Scripture memorization; and Christian character qualities. The program uses the ACSI Bible Curriculum, God and Me.
Language Arts: The kindergarten language arts program includes several areas of emphasis: phonics (by introducing a letter and sound each week), word building, spelling, writing, speaking and listening. Beginning reading is introduced on an individual level as students demonstrate readiness. This is done with phonetic readers, small reading groups, and the learning of basic sight words. Students also begin sentence-writing skills using a journal. Speaking is encouraged through classroom discussion and "show and tell." The resources used to help meet these goals are as follows: Scott Foresman Reading, D'Nealian Handwriting, and Early Approach to Reading Skills.
Math: The Harcourt Math workbook along with numerous manipulatives such as uniflex cubes, peg boards, pattern cards, etc., form the basis for learning the following concepts: patterning, classifying, geometry, comparing, graphing, counting, number recognition, ordering and naming groups, writing numbers, measuring, time and money, addition and subtraction. The Harcourt Curriculum is used.
Science/Social Studies: The use of weekly unit studies form the framework for learning about the five senses, the state of Texas, important leaders, transportation, solar systems, seasons, holidays, animals, plants, water, air and health. The kindergarten field trips include visits to the Farmer's Market, The Dallas Arboretum, and a working farm. Western Day and the 100 Day Celebration are hands-on Discovery Days.
Center Time: Students are actively engaged in the learning process as they participate in centers. They are practicing and developing letter/sound knowledge, listening skills, oral language expression, rhyme, letter formation, math skills, social studies and science concepts, and social skills, such as cooperation and sharing.
Specials: Every day the students have the privilege of learning with specialized teachers in the areas of music, art, library, computer, Spanish and physical education.
Recess: Realizing that regular recess can influence behavior, concentration and even grades, students have supervised time on the playground every day.