KINDERGARTEN


Teacher – Miss Michelle Holcomb

Assistant Teacher – Mrs. Carol Lester

At Geneva Academy the overall goal of kindergarten is to create the foundation for your child’s love and desire to learn at school and to instill in children at a very young age the crucial concept that God’s truth, beauty, and goodness can be discovered in all aspects of life. The K5 program at Geneva focuses on the growth and development of the whole child.  The classroom daily schedule and routine are created to allow your child to grow, not only intellectually and physically, but also socially, emotionally, and spiritually.  Through morning meeting time, your child will acquire skills to sit in a circle attentively, take turns, listen to others, and participate in class learning and discussions.  During seat work-time, your child will be presented with a variety of activities which build academic and fine motor skills and important social skills involving sharing, allowing others to go first, problem solving, and working and playing with others in small and large group settings.  Geneva’s individualized approach provides challenging tasks for advanced students, as well as extra practice and help for children who need it.

Field trips are always exciting experiences for school children.  Kindergarteners take many trips during the year to places in their community such as the fire and police stations, county library, local orchards and farms, museums, parks and waterfalls.

Geneva Academy’s kindergarten and classical methodology includes a high integration of all the subject matter to give the students the “big picture” of their God, themselves in relation to Him, and the beautiful world He has created for us to love, enjoy, and protect.

 

Bible:

  • Emphasis on major Bible characters, learned through story, songs, chants, art projects, and role playing.
  • Credo (memory work in traditional question, answer, Scripture verse format) will teach concepts of truth, beauty and goodness.  Students will learn that God’s Word is the truth and foundation of everything and all truth is God’s truth.  Students memorize Psalm 1, 23, and 100 as well as several passages from Luke.

 

Reading:

  • Because reading is the first and most important skill to education, great attention is given in K5 to both the development of reading skills and the regular reading of quality literature to the students.  Students are taught that God has given us the gift of letters and He gives us the Bible to read.  Students learn that they are being taught to read so that they can understand the Bible, God’s Word.  In classical tradition, phonics instruction will be multi-sensory, including recitation, use of visual aids and hand motions.
  • The Veritas Press provides incrementally difficult phonics-based reading books, which also introduce children to art and church history.  This program uses many fun songs and rhythm to get the basic sound components of our language across to the children.  We use Veritas materials to supplement the SWR program.

 

Spelling:

  • Wise Guide for Spelling (Spell to Write and Read spelling lists)
  • Basic sight words
  • Days of the week and classmates names
  • Spelling Test beginning in the second half of the school year

 

Writing:

  • Manuscript printing
  • Daily practice (integrated with reading and spelling) on formation of all lowercase letters and numbers and most uppercase letters.
  • Emphasis on fine motor skill development, correct pencil grip, spacing, and neatness
  • Use of multi-sensory, hands-on materials
  • Supplemental materials from Handwriting Without Tears

 

Math:

  • Saxon math 1
  • Usage of numbers 1-100
  • Place value up to 100 – awareness created by counting centers and games
  • Addition/subtraction facts to ten – mastery via songs and rhymes
  • Basic geometric shapes
  • Coin value
  • Time to 1/2 hour
  • Counting by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, 10’s, 50’s, and 100’s to 1,000

 

History:

  • History in the kindergarten class begins with the students sharing about themselves and their families. The students then begin an exploration of their local community that includes books, discussions and field trips.  Students look at what is common to most communities and what is unique to Douglas County.  The class explores the history and meaning behind our holidays throughout the year.

 

Science:

  • Coordinated with a study of the seasons to cultivate an awareness of God’s creative hand in all that exists in our world 
  • Typical subjects:  trees, plants, seeds, animals, pond life, insects, weather, life cycle, and five senses.
  • Some Newbridge Early Childhood Science
  • Many supplemental books and videos
  • Kindergarten Science Day

 

Geography:

  • Students explore the United States through collecting and sharing postcards, and locating their states on the U.S. map
  • Memorization of continents and oceans
  • Introduction to maps and directions including understanding basic geography concepts and definitions

 

Art:

  • Lots of crafts and projects that are integrated with monthly themes

 

Music:

  • Much of kindergarten learning is gained through singing, poetry, chants, rhymes, jingles, and rhymes.  Morning classical music, Bible songs, English and Spanish days of the weeks and months, and special songs for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and end-of-year presentations.

 

FIRST GRADE CURRICULUM