Kindergarten

Christian Elementary School | Kindergarten Teacher’s Corner

Welcome to Eastmont School’s Kindergarten Teacher’s Corner! We use this area to keep updated classroom photos and what we’re working on in our classroom. Our integrated Kindergarten approach to teaching and learning is ideal for families who are seeking a strong academic and spiritual foundation for their children.

 

Welcome to Mrs. Weber’s Kindergarten class!

Religion
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are the Fruit of the Spirit Paul writes about in Galatians 5:22-23. We use the Holy Bible as our guide to nurture the growth of faith and the Fruit of the Spirit in your child. Our Bible lessons focus on Jesus as our Savior and emphasize that God loves and cares for us. We use many methods to read, tell and act out our Bible stories including songs, prayers, finger plays and flannel graphs. We also use many of these techniques to memorize a passage of scripture for every letter of the alphabet. In May each year, we recite all of these ABC Bible verses for the entire school. Students participate in an all-school chapel each week.

Social Studies
Kindergarten students will know that God made them and provides for them. Each child learns healthy habits and to recognize emotions and feelings in themselves and others. Students develop an understanding for rules and the order they produce. Students learn about the flag of the United States of America, our President, the White House, and democracy. We discuss patriotic people, symbols, and holidays and how they relate to our Christian heritage. Pearson Learning Core Knowledge History & Geography guides our learning about the four Mount Rushmore Presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt; the seven regional tribal nations (Native Americans) in the Continental United States: Pacific Northwest, Plateau, Great Basin, Southwest, Plains, Northeast, and Eastern Woodlands; Christopher Columbus and Pilgrims. Kindergarten students study world geography with a virtual visit to each of the seven continents. Students learn cardinal directions, and how to read maps and globes identifying: rivers, mountains, continents, oceans and the north and south poles. Students also learn to use and create maps of familiar spaces such as our classroom, homes and playground.

Science
We praise God for his wonderful creation as we learn about the world around us. Each child has opportunities to identify seasonal changes, describe, graph and act out the weather. Students explore states of matter. Our senses play an important role in kindergarten learning; students identify and experiment with their senses and use them to identify attributes of objects. Students observe plants and animals, discriminate between living and non-living things and experiment with magnetism to introduce the concept of forces we cannot see that act upon objects. Students learn about scientific methods of using our senses particularly focusing on four important scientists: Wilbur and Orville Wright, Jane Goodall, and George Washington Carver.

Spanish
We have an amazing Spanish instructor our kindergarten students spend one-half hour with two times each week. We also practice using our Spanish language skills when other opportunities arise throughout each school day.

Music
We are blessed to have a dedicated music instructor. Our kindergarten students spend one-half hour two times each week in this special class enjoying instruction in music. We will further explore music, rhythms, tempo and volume as we sing, dance, use puppets, finger plays, and instruments to expand our joy in music and drama while learning many other concepts in our classroom as well.

Physical Education
Kindergarten students spend one-half hour each week with our physical education specialist in the gymnasium or outdoors. In addition, I encourage large motor development through participation in activities such as painting, digging, climbing, swinging, balancing, playing with the parachute and bouncing, throwing, and catching bean bags, balloons, and balls. Students will learn calisthenics and use whole body movement to explore many concepts.

Art
Kindergarteners learn “Directed Drawing.” This is a specific method and system used to teach people how to draw. As educators, we realize the benefits of teaching drawing using this system. Directed drawing helps students to focus and concentrate, make decisions and solve problems. Students will be using sequencing and will develop better hand-eye coordination. This method teaches visual perception and realistic drawing skills. Directed Drawing enables students to observe the world in terms of several basic elements of shape. Students have the opportunity to experience increased self-esteem, creativity, and develop the skills and confidence that are transferable to many other subjects. Kindergarteners learn there is no right or wrong way to draw and that there are no mistakes in art.

Reading
Using Houghton Mifflin materials as our curricular guide.

Handwriting/Writing
Using Zaner Bloser materials as our curricular guide.

Math
Using enVision Math materials as our curricular guide.