Kindergarten Fast Facts
- Max 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: 8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- Days: Monday-Friday
- After Care: available for a fee from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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 a balanced literacy 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 whole and small group reading instruction. Reading instruction develops fluency and comprehension with both phonics readers and leveled 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. Students are taught manuscript writing and learn the proper formation of upper and lowercase letters.
- Kindergarten math builds number sense and fluency with hands-on lessons that build understanding with concrete-pictorial-abstract instruction. Instructional objectives include patterning and sorting; numeration; calendar; time; money; measurement; graphing; addition and subtraction; and problem-solving.
- 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 science and history, students explore different topics in a unit-based approach, and learn about earth, physical, and life science, and about their family and community around them locally.
- To engage students in their learning, field trips and special events coincide with units of instruction. Special event days including Penguin Day, a Thanksgiving Feast celebration, Christmas Around the World, a 100th Day Celebration, Mother’s Day Tea, and Kindergarten Graduation. Kindergarten students enjoy field trips to the Museum of Life and Science, Downtown Cary, an English Tea Room, and Newby Farm. Kindergarten students also enjoy a special mentoring relationship with GRACE high school seniors during Senior Sidekicks, when kindergartners are paired with students in the senior class for special activities, including an end of a year picnic and graduation pictures.
In kindergarten, SMARTBoards and iPads are utilized to provide differentiated learning opportunities for students with varying learning styles and abilities. Weekly enrichment classes include regular time in the 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.