Kindergarten Fast Facts
- Class Size: 20 students
- Class Staff: 1 full-time certified teacher, 1 full-time teaching assistant
- Age Accepted: Child must be 5 years old by August 31st
- Hours: 8:15am – 3:00pm
- Days: Monday-Friday
- After Care: available for a fee from 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Kindergarten Program Overview
Every kindergarten classroom has a dedicated full-time teacher and teaching assistant ensuring that GRACE kindergarten students receive a lot of love and attention as they develop foundational academic skills that will serve them well in future grades.
The cornerstone of a GRACE Elementary School education is developing a love for learning and a love for the Lord. Bible stories provide foundations for living and tell events of the “Heroes of the Bible”; stories teach biblical truths of God’s power, love, and salvation. In addition, kindergarten students memorize weekly Bible memory verses. The use of role models, instruction in biblical principles, chapel, community service and mission outreach opportunities help kindergarten students understand the love that God has for all people.
Academically, GRACE is committed to teaching core skills in all disciplines.
- Kindergarten students learn to read with an intensive phonics-first approach. Phonics and reading instruction includes letter recognition and sound identification; long and short vowels; consonant sounds; rhyming words and special sounds; blends; sight words; C-V-C and C-V-C-E reading pattern; and group and individual reading instruction. Reading instruction develops early word analysis and comprehension skills with basic phonics readers.
- Writing includes the process of learning to put sounds and thoughts on paper. During the writing process, students are taught that sentences form a complete thought, begin with a capital letter, and end with a period, exclamation mark, or a question mark. Various forms of writing, including narrative and expository, are taught as a form of communication and organization. In addition to regular writing lessons, students will learn about story structure and will write and share a book with the class. Students are taught manuscript writing and learn the proper formation of each letter.
- Kindergarten math emphasizes number concepts, computational skills, accuracy, and speed. Instructional objectives include patterning and sorting; numeration; calendar; time; money; measurement; graphing; addition and subtraction; and problem solving. Foundational mathematical concepts are presented through the hands on use of manipulatives, memorization, and workbook assignments.
- Topics in science are explored from a biblical perspective in earth science; physical science; space; technology and life science. Topics include weather; plants and animals; matter and how things work.
- In history, the geography and culture of a new country is studied each month. Students each receive a pretend passport at the beginning of the year to visit different countries. Every unit has a culminating field trip or special day.
As part of GRACE’s commitment to engage our students in their learning, field trips and special in-school events coincide with academic instruction allowing GRACE teachers to extend the classroom walls to engage students in the world in which they live. Special event days including Penguin Day (Antarctica), the Mexican Fiesta (Central & South America), the Princess and Knight Ball (Europe), a Thanksgiving Feast (America), the Young Author’s Conference, celebration of Christmas Around the World, a 100th Day Celebration, Harambee Day (Africa), and a special Mother’s Day Celebration. Kindergarten students enjoy field trips to the Museum of Life and Science, an English Tea Room, the Newby Farm, and Kanki (Asia). Kindergarten students also enjoy a special mentoring relationship with GRACE high school seniors in a program titled Senior Sidekicks, and celebrate the end of the year with a special picnic and graduation ceremony.
In kindergarten, SMARTBoards are utilized to provide differentiated learning opportunities for students with varying learning styles and abilities. Weekly enrichment classes include regular time in the well-stocked GRACE library, physical education, music, art, and Spanish.
All GRACE teachers are degreed and certified educators that provide appropriate academic challenge at each grade level while fostering a safe, loving, and caring environment. GRACE teachers partner with parents to encourage critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration and to nurture Christian character in each student.