The Kindergarten program strives to meet the needs of the whole child, through a developmentally appropriate program that offers an introduction to formal learning. Learning takes place through a wide variety of activities involving touching, seeing, hearing and doing.
Experiences To Look Forward To
- Celebrating Dr. Seuss' Birthday
- Mardi Gras Parade
- St. Patrick's Day Celebration / Creating Leprachaun Traps
Room Mom & Dad
Keane: Jessica Kucharchuk & Jackie Colvin
Prudhomme: Stephanie Crawford & Leigh Miley
Richards: Gretchen Q=Petersen & Caroline Delahaye
Grade Level Rep
English and Language Arts:
- The reading program covers listening, comprehension, logical reasoning, letter and sound recognition, and decoding skills using context and letter sound association. Guided reading techniques are utilized in daily small reading groups.
- At the end of the year, a kindergarten child should be able to write his/her name; recognize, write and associate a beginning sound to each letter of the alphabet; know the high-frequency words; communicate and relate ideas; recall a sequence of events; listen and follow directions; work independently and cooperatively; correct letter formation should be mastered.
- The math program involves manipulatives and hands-on activities. The children will be introduced to Singapore Math. Singapore Math strategies will be used to help develop number sense and number bonds.
- At the end of the school year, a kindergarten child should be able to recognize and write the numerals to 30; count objects by rote; match numerals to sets, write numerals in order and have a basic understanding of the concepts covered during the year.
- Socialization skills and personal development are considered most important.
- The art room is a hub of creativity. All lessons begin with an artist study or study of a technique or style. Then students create work in that style. Students work in a variety of mediums including tempera paint, watercolor, acrylics, oil pastels, pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, and clay.
- In younger grades, students spend time practicing their fine motor skills in cutting, drawing, and painting with large brushes. As students grow, they begin fine tuning their work by adding creative details and using more sophisticated tools to express their art. Over time, students are able to begin focusing on the elements of art and learn specific techniques.
- The goal of the art program is to instill life-long knowledge, skills, and techniques that can be built upon in developing a true sense of appreciation for art for years to come.
- Our Christian Education program meets with all students once per week. During class the children learn about the liturgy, Sacraments, prayer, bible verses, and much more! Our lessons follow the liturgical calendar of the church. Monthly we focus on a different virtue such as thankfulness, truthfulness, kindness, and patience. The Guidance Counselor and I collaborate on these virtues so that the students learn about them from a Christian perspective and a social perspective.
- Our Christian Education program is designed so that the Pre-K 3 through Kindergarten students receive a basic introduction into the topics covered all the way through 5th Grade but every year we build upon what is previously learned.
- Our lessons follow the Liturgical Calendar and include prayers, Parables of Jesus, parts of the Bible/Bible navigation, Miracles of Jesus, and Old Testament study. We also focus on one virtue per month and the School Counselor and I collaborate so that she teaches it from a social perspective and I teach it from a Christian perspective.
- The school counseling program cultivates and encourages the academic, personal/social, and career development of each child, as well as supports every students’ unique gifts through classroom guidance lessons, individual counseling, and small group counseling.
- The Guidance curriculum works in conjunction with the Christian Education curriculum to teach monthly virtues to the students. These virtues are part of the program “Creating Classrooms and Homes of Virtue”. The guidance aspect of these lessons focuses on the social aspect behind each virtue. Some of the virtues that are covered are goodness, tolerance, perseverance, and thankfulness, among many others.
- In Pre-K 3 through Kindergarten students learn about kindness, acceptance, tolerance, and being proud of who they are. The lessons of self-esteem and self-respect are important to teach at this young age because forging this strong foundation early gives the students more confidence to face challenges that will arise as they move through elementary, middle, high school, and higher education.
- The library is a dynamic, exciting place for exploration, reading, thinking, learning, creating, growing, showcasing student work, and coding on the iPad. The library strives to meet and exceed the expectations of the students, parents and faculty by ensuring a balanced, up-to-date collection of print and non-print resources are available for in-school and home use. Our library follows the professional standards of the American Library Association (ALA) for library instruction and collection development.
- Music at St. James Episcopal Day School is to provide our students with an opportunity to create and respond to music expressively. They will experience a variety of musical styles and genres through performance, technology, imitation and movement in the classroom. Children are taught the basics of music theory along with the works of great composers. It is our hope that they will discover the value and enjoyment of music.
- Kindergarten students will:
- Practice imitating pitch for accuracy
- Learn that there are silences within music
- Be introduced to the members of the String and Brass Instrument Family
- Sing age appropriate songs
- Practice stepping and clapping the beat
- Be introduced to musical terms “crescendo” “piano” “forte” and “tempo” with movement
- Learn through body movement that music has phrases.
- Physical Education is more than recess and a time to play. It is a time for learning. One of my primary goals as a physical educator at St. James is to teach every child how and why they should keep themselves healthy and fit throughout their lifetime. Our physical education program provides developmentally appropriate learning experiences that teach children how to be physically active in ways that foster creativity and self-expression, increase physical competence and self-esteem, and promote joy through lifelong physical activity.
- Our physical education curriculum includes a balance of body management, locomotor movement, manipulative skills, and rhythms/dance experiences. These units are designed to enhance the cognitive, motor, affective, and physical fitness development of every child in a safe learning environment.
- We provide experiences that encourage children to question, integrate, analyze, communicate, and apply cognitive concepts.
- Activities are taught throughout the year that allow children the opportunity to work together to improve their emerging social and cooperation skills, thereby fostering an understanding of themselves and the acceptance of others.
- On-going fitness assessments are used to help children understand, enjoy, improve, and/or maintain their physical health and well-being.
- Class activities designed for maximum student participation, success, and fun
- The Spanish program exposes our students to a world language, providing them with basic receptive and expressive language skills needed to communicate in Spanish as well as respect for other cultures. Physical response activities are used for the students to listen to and carry out spoken commands in a safe and fun environment, where the students feel free to take risks and participate.
- Students learn classroom objects, family members, and increase previous vocabulary.
- STEM Education at St. James Episcopal Day School is an approach to teaching and learning that integrates the content of skills of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM behaviors include engagement in inquiry, logical reasoning, collaboration, and investigation. St. James students will participate in STEM activities that are inquiry-based, that involve teamwork, and that involve collaboration.
- Kindergarten through second grade students will learn The units of study include forces and motion, energy, molecules to organisms, earth's systems, and plants and animals.
- They will learn to investigate by using the scientific method, use tolls to design structures, communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air and other living things in the environment.
- Students will learn to analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each preforms.
- iPad apps and a 3D printer are also used to enhance STEM activities.
Students created an abstract painting which focused on line variety. Students also explored using shape and primary colors to create a collage in the style of Piet Mondrian. They showed knowledge of shapes by gluing various shapes to make a self portrait collage.
The children have been learning about the Old Testament and have heard the stories of Creation, Adam & Eve, Noah, Abraham & Sarah, Isaac, and Jacob & Esau.
In Kindergarten, the students and I read the story, "I Don’t Want To Be a Frog." In the story, the frog doesn’t want to be a frog anymore. He would rather be a rabbit, an owl, or another animal in the forest. In the end he learns that it is best to just be himself, just like it is best if we accept who we are and not try to be someone else. Every student talked about what makes them special.
The first nine weeks in the library was filled with learning and fun. Our Kindergarten students learned about the parts of a book including the front cover, back cover, spine, and call number. Ask your child to tell you about the author and illustrator of the book. Kindergartners were introduced to both fiction and non-fiction books as well. All of our students were wowed by the wonderful library update! We are so blessed to have such a fresh and renewed facility. If you haven’t stopped by to check out the remodeled library please do so soon!
Please mark your calendars for the book fair November 12-17, 2017.
Kindergarten students have been learning patriotic songs and we have marched to the beat of “You’re a Grand Ole Flag”. We also learned that the musical alphabet has only 7 letters and ends at G. We have been reviewing the music by composer, Mr. Wolfgang Mozart
Kindergarten has been busy learning and reviewing basic locomotor skills, such as galloping, skipping, jumping and hopping. We have played lots of tag games and have even had an obstacle course as we explored different levels and pathways. During Dot Week, we practiced bouncing balls on different colored spots, and played a fun game called Frogger, counting jumps from lily pad to lily pad.
Recently we have been exploring non-locomotor skills, such as balancing, twisting, and bending as students take turns rolling a die and we try to balance our bodies on the floor using different body parts. We are also learning how to underhand toss. By keeping our bodies still, we can move our throwing arm like the pendulum of a grandfather clock. We are practicing our colors by tossing bean bags into matching hula hoop targets. Bring Your Parent to P.E. Week saw a lot of fun too!
Kindergarten is learning greetings, numbers, and colors. They love to sing and dance the song “¿Como te llamas?” (What’s your name?).
Our Kindergarten classes were so excited to blast off into outer space in the Star Lab. We have been studying the planets, and they really loved learning all about the red planet, Mars.
- Kindergarten artists did a wonderful job drawing and painting their large Nutcrackers. They also mixed primary colors to make a secondary color for their fall pumpkins. Students also prepared for the upcoming art show, themed “St. James on Broadway,” where their work is inspired by The King and I.
- The students have studied the virtues: Perseverance, Thankfulness, and Faith. We have learned about the 7 Sacraments of the Episcopal Church with a focus on Baptism and Holy Eucharist. We have also discussed the Liturgical Calendar, All Saint’s Day, St. Nicholas, and the season of Advent. The children also learned about Advent wreaths and the Nativity.
- Kindergarten students read the story "The Little Christmas Elf." The moral of the story is that although you are little doesn’t mean you can’t do big things, much like the little elf. Our Kindergarteners may be little, but they are certainly capable of many big things!
- Students in Kindergarten grade participated in the Hour of Code during Computer Science Week, December 4-10. They learned what a QR code is and how to read one using the iPad. The students were given a bookmark that highlights programs that will allow them to practice this exciting language not just at school but anywhere they have access to a device and the internet. Parents are encouraged to try coding too! Visit https://hourofcode.com/us to learn more.
- Students in Kindergarten have been learning about tempo. Tempo is about fast and slow. We learned that some songs have a fast tempo and some have a slow tempo. We moved to “In the Hall of the Mountain King” and recognized that the tempo got faster during the song. It was lots of fun.
- Kindergarten practiced how to successfully track and catch different objects in the air. They had fun using launch boards to catch both individually and with a partner. Adding underhand throwing to games presented new challenges as explored how to move their bodies to catch.
- Kindergarten learned to identify five basic shapes and to name some parts of the body in Spanish. They love singing and dancing “Mi Cuerpo hace música” & “¿Donde está?” They have so much fun learning animals in Spanish.
- Mrs. Keane, Mrs. Nessie, and Ms. Prudhomme's Kindergarten classes were very happy when they met with their STEM mentor buddy to work on the iPads. They really enjoyed learning about the edu creation app. The engineering groups had fun building banks, bridges, and farms this nine weeks. It was fun watching them try to estimate the circumference of a pumpkin. They used string to see if they were right.
- Kindergarten Artists watercolored a heart on newsprint and collaged on top of ap painted background for Valentine’s Day. Matisse was the highlighted artist for students’ Fishbowl painting. Students also studied Georgia O’Keeffe and painted red Poppies in her style.
- The children have learned about the seasons of Epiphany and Lent on the Liturgical Calendar. We began the Nine Weeks with a lesson on Jesus as the light of the world. They have heard stories of when people realized that Jesus was not just an ordinary person but that he was extraordinary. We discussed the story of Jesus lost at the Temple and the miracles of His baptism, His time in the wilderness and the temptation of Satan, Jesus feeding the 5,000 and Jesus walking on water.
- In Kindergarten we have been talking about careers. The students identified their likes and dislikes and home and at school, and then we talked about what careers they might want to have based on those likes and dislikes. They have also been introduced to six different career paths (business, creative, helping, health, technology, and nature). Over the next few weeks we will continue to discuss and create using these paths and talk about which career path their choice falls into.
- The 3rd 9 weeks started off with snow on the brain. In The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, the children explored the many words to explain snow and what items are needed to stay warm and dry on a snow day. It was wonderful to have a point of reference for the students with a real snow day in Louisiana. We celebrated Dr. Seuss’ s birthday by reading Dr. Seuss’s ABC. The children are excited to bring home library books and share their thoughts on the stories.
- Each Kindergarten class prepared and performed a song for the “St. James on Broadway” performance for Grandparent’s Day. We have continued learning about tempo. We also have listened to Mr. Haydn’s Surprise Symphony during our class time and explored the instruments of the orchestra.
- In PE, we have been learning how to ‘strike’ with our hands using balloons. We have learned that it is important to use a soft touch because the balloon is light. We have also learned to use our fingerpads on our hands and to keep our palms up while we hit. Games have included independent practice by trying to keep our balloons in the air using different body parts, and partner practice playing a fun game called Categories. Coach Chandler calls out a category and we name things in that category each time we hit the balloon back and forth.
- We have also been learning how to jump rope! First, we learned how to turn the rope. Now we learning how to time our jump when the rope comes around. It’s a hard skill but we are getting better and better every week!
- Kindergarten learned to identify and name items they can find in the classroom like mesa (table), silla (chair), lápiz (pencil), borrador (eraser), tijeras (scissors), ventana (window), and libro (book). They are learning family members in Spanish.
- The Kindergarten classes had an exciting time visiting space this nine weeks. After they returned to earth we had a great time discussing the solar system in STEM. They learned all about the phases of the moon. The class enjoyed creating a moon out of clay and using their fingers to form craters. They really enjoyed designing rockets! One of their favorite activities this nine weeks was to use shaving cream to create their favorite arctic animal.
- Students spent this nine weeks focusing on line, shape, color, texture, and form.Students used line to draw a sunset and focused on warm and cool colors when painting the finished product. Next, students explored positive and negative space by using warm and cool colors to make a jellyfish painting. Then, students explored form by making necklaces out of clay, as well as worked on their collaborative piece to sell at the auction. Finally, students created spring bunnies, robots, and self portraits in an unexpected way - with tissue paper!
- The children have learned about the seasons of Lent and Easter on the Liturgical Calendar. We began the Nine Weeks with a lesson on the events of Holy Week. They have heard the Resurrection story. We have learned about Zaccheus and the several parables. The children learned how Jesus used parables to teach us lessons about God and the Kingdom of Heaven. The students learned the parables of the Good Samaritan and the parable of talents. We finished the Nine Weeks with a lesson on Pentecost.
- Students in Kindergarten have been celebrating spring by listening to Mr. Vivaldi’s “Spring” from his work ”The Four Seasons”. Their song for church has been taking up our time in Music. The children are very excited to share “Twelve Disciples” on May 18th
- In the 4th quarter, Kindergarten learned about pedestrian and bike safety for our Safety Town event in April. As pedestrians, they learned basic safety rules, such as crossing the street with someone older, stopping at the curb that separates a safe area from a dangerous area, and the fact that drivers cannot always see us in cars.
- As drivers, on balance bikes, they learned basic road signs, and why it is important to wear a bike helmet. Practicing their biking techniques on our Balance Bikes was fun but challenging. It has been a lot of fun to watch as the children gained confidence in their balancing ability each day. While not ready to be on their own quite yet, they will be soon!
- Kindergarten learned to identify and name pieces of clothing and places in the community like escuela (school), biblioteca (library), museo (museum), parque (park), etc. Also, they learned to express their likes and dislikes about food.
- Plant a garden and watch them grow! That is exactly what we have done this nine weeks in our STEM classes. Mrs. Feduccia worked on a project based learning idea this nine weeks which included Prek3 to Fifth grade. Our first graders enjoyed planting various vegetables. The garden is really growing fast. There are bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, okra, romain lettuce, carrots, and even celery that our fourth graders grew in their class and donated to the garden. It has been our new mind, healthy body, and spirit project and it has created a love for gardening in a short period.