October Subject Summary
Mathematics - Envision-Kindergarten Curriculum by Pearson Co. introduces children to numbers, what number quantities look like as well as how to recognize number patterns and numbers in everyday situations.
Our first unit will focus on counting and cardinality. We will be introducing #0-10 through counting, recognition, writing, comparing and ordering. In addition, as we learn about fall/harvest, we will be massing, graphing, sorting and measuring using apples and mini-pumpkins.
English Language Arts - We have begun our Reading Program, Reading Street by Scott Foresman. Our first unit is “All Together Now”. Over the next several weeks, our class will be reading about and discussing the concept of living, working and playing together. Throughout this unit, we will be discussing the times, places and ways in which we spend time together with other people.
The guiding question for this unit is “How do we live, work and play together?” As we focus on this question at school, take opportunities to emphasize it at home as well. Use conversational opportunities during meals, playtime and car rides to talk with your child about the concept of living and working together.
We will continue to work on activities for recognition of upper and lower case letters, printing first names using lower case letters. We will work to learn both sound and formation of the letters Mm and Tt. This month’s sight words will include: I, am, the, little, a, and to.
Religion - Our Kindergarten Religion series by Loyola Press is called God Loves Us. The program integrates scripture and doctrine in each lesson to help the children relate the richness of our Catholic faith to their everyday lives. The Lord’s Prayer (Our Father) will be introduced.
In September, the children were made to feel welcome in class and to understand that Jesus welcomes and loves all children. In October, the children will be introduced to the Bible as God’s holy book and listen to the story of Jonah. We will be discussing that prayer is talking with God and that talking to God is good.
We will also begin our Personal Safety Cards including Bicycle/Helmet Safety, Traffic Safety, Seat Belt and Fire Safety.
Science – Kindergarten students have already been introduced to “Kibo”, our classroom robot. They are becoming familiar with the parts of a robot as well as simple programming skills. Our Science lessons follow the Foss (Full Option Science System) program which engages the children to actively participate in scientific, hands-on investigations and practices.
Our first section is Trees and Weather, where the children will take nature walks around our school and observe the changes of the fall season and document then in their Science notebooks. Apples and Pumpkin life cycles will also be explored during science lessons.
Social Studies - Fun activities and lessons regarding Fire Safety will be introduced during Fire Safety Week- October 9th through the 15th. We hope to have a visit from the Kingston Fire Department and learn about Fire Fighters. We will talk, learn (and hopefully meet!) a member from one of our area Police Departments to help us learn about safety.
If you know a professional who would like to visit our Kindergartners, please contact Sister Angela.