Saint Bridget Catholic School Kindergarten program is committed to the spiritual, emotional, cognitive development of each child in a nurturing Catholic environment. A center-based curriculum supports the discovery of knowledge through exploration and experimentation while focusing on the interests, abilities, and needs of each child. Multi-sensory activities enhance developmental growth, encourage natural curiosity, and seek to foster a joy of learning.

Curriculum

Religion: Stories of God’s Love, RCL Benzinger

Our religion program provides experiences to foster ideals, knowledge, understanding and above all, build the firm foundations of faith and an earnest love of God.  Students attend Mass weekly in addition to daily prayers and blessings before snack and lunch.

Language Arts

Students receive whole group instruction and then are given independent practice time to read and write independently while the teacher provides focused instruction to individuals and small groups.  We do daily guided reading.

Daily 5

  • Read to Self
  • Work on Writing
  • Word Work
  • Listen to Reading
  • Read to Someone

Word Study:  Weekly spelling program with emphasis on word patterns and features.

Writer’s Workshop:  Daily writing approach with a focus on the writing process 6 + 1 Traits of Writing.

Handwriting:  Zaner Bloser

Writing stations, writer’s workshops and student journals: correct formation of letters using various mediums (i.e. markers, crayons, finger paints, salt, jello and shaving cream).

Mathematics:  Everyday Math

Students receive whole group instruction and then are given independent practice time to work math concepts independently while teachers provide focused instruction to individuals and small groups.  Our math program contains a variety of manipulatives, such as:  unifix cubes, teddy bear counters, pattern blocks, etc. for hands-on learning to motivate and engage the children.

The following skills are taught:

  • Sorting and Classifying
  • Number Patterns
  • Data, Graphing and Probability
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Number Patters
  • Measurement
  • Money and Time
  • Geometry and Fractions

Social Studies:  MacMillan/McGraw Hill (Friends and Neighbors)

The students will learn a variety of concepts while exploring literature, art activities and group discussions.  The concepts include:

  • Culture:  Friends & Family
  • Geography:  Where We Live
  • Government:  Working Together
  • Citizenship:  I am a Citizen
  • Economics:  People Work
  • History:  Things Change

Science

The students will learn about physical science, earth science and life science as well as participate in hands-on learning experiences and experiments introducing the following concepts:

  • Matter and Energy
  • Force and Motion
  • Earth and Its Weather
  • Earth and Space
  • Animals and Plants
  • Habitats

Technology

Technology is integrated into the classroom as an instructional tool through the use of iPads, computers, Smart Board and a listening station.  Technology is used for whole group lessons in all subject areas and for small group and independent student work.

Art, Music and Physical Education

Students participate in these classes once a week.

World Languages

Students have Spanish once a week for the entire school year.

Recess

Students have a structured activity for 20-25 minutes during morning recess.  In the afternoons, students have a second recess for 30 minutes.

Assessments

As teachers, we will evaluate the children’s performance in Language Arts, Reading, Math, Handwriting, Social Studies and Science with the following assessment tools:

  • Daily classroom observation
  • Performance checklists
  • Daily work
  • Small group work
  • Teacher Assessments
  • Literacy/Math Stations
  • Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)
  • Guided Reading Assessment
  • Report Card (every 9 weeks)

Field Trip Example (change from year to year)

  • Carter Mountain Apple Orchard
  • Maymont
  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
  • Richmond Metro Zoo

Special Activities

  • Kindergarten Halloween Book Character Parade
  • Kindergarten Polar Express Day
  • Kindergarten Nativity
  • Donuts with Dads and Grandfathers
  • Muffins with Moms and Grandmothers
  • Kindergarten Easter Egg Hunt
  • End of Year Musical
  • Book Buddy:  Read with third grade students once a week
  • Mass Buddy:  Attend school wide Mass and Prayer Services with eighth graders as role models of our faith and have monthly religion activities together.