Early Childhood Academics
During their pre-kindergarten and kindergarten years, students develop strong foundations upon which all future learning is built. Our classrooms are rich in math, science and literacy. Children learn through songs and poetry, activities and games, read-alouds, physical activity, and whole-class circle time. The curriculum promotes the essential academic, social and emotional growth in each student.
English Language Arts
Pre-Kindergarten through K1 utilize Pearson’s Opening the World of Learning, a comprehensive curriculum that covers all domains of early learning. The content of each unit is built around a carefully crafted daily routine within an activity-center day. Themes, skills, and concepts are developed through quality children’s fiction and nonfiction trade books. There are six themes taught during the school year, Family, Friends, Wind and Water, The World of Color, Shadows and Reflections, and Things that Grow.
Saint Columbkille Partnership School has adopted the Real Math Building Blocks program. The Real Math Building Blocks Math Program is designed to build young children’s experiences with activities that integrate five mathematical proficiencies outlined by research:
- UNDERSTANDING: Comprehending math concepts, operations and relations – knowing what math symbols, diagrams, and procedures mean
- COMPUTING: carrying out math procedures, such as adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing numbers flexibly, accurately, efficiently, and appropriately
- APPLYING: being able to formulate problems mathematically and devise strategies for solving them using concepts and procedures appropriately
- REASONING: Using logic to explain and justify a solution to a problem or to extend from something known to something not yet known
- ENGAGING: Seeing math as sensible and useful
The early childhood science curriculum capitalizes on children’s curiosity about the world around them. Subjects covered throughout the course of the year are scientific observation, The five senses, seasons, plants, and simple machines.
The school is charged with the spiritual formation of the students and teachers. This is best accomplished with a collaborative approach among the school, the parish and the archdiocese. Students attend monthly masses in the parish church. Two special masses are offered to our families during the year. One is an opening liturgy in September and the other celebrates Catholic School Week in January.
The Social Studies curriculum focuses on connecting children to the world around them. Students will learn about direction, sequential actions, holidays, and the concept of community.
In the early childhood art program, students are given a basic education that centers on the foundations of art, from color and shape to texture and dimension. Students in the early childhood program develop an understanding of primary and secondary colors. Students are also taught the importance of line and shape in their artwork.
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The general arc of in school music works to prepare children to step from ear training to working on music notation by the end of K2.
- Pre-K – K2 music classes consist of music and movement that expose children to basic musical concepts like rhythm and relative pitch through playful songs and beginner instruments like rhythm sticks and bells.
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