Christ Lutheran School

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Kindergarten Curriculum

The Kindergarten program at CLS seeks to provide age-appropriate experiences that fully develop a student’s God-given potential in an atmosphere that promotes spiritual growth and a positive self-concept. The Kindergarten curriculum is divided into subjects that are taught daily with an allotted time for each. We strive to meet the needs of the whole child: spiritually, emotionally, socially, intellectually and physically.

Religion

The religion program focuses on learning Old and New Testament Bible stories using the Arch
Book series published by Concordia Publishing House. Through the stories the children learn
about the promises God has kept for His people in the past and continues to keep for us today.
The children are taught about the JOY of being forgiven children of God and accepted with
unconditional love by Jesus, their Lord and Savior. The children worship God through daily
devotions, which include song and prayer. The children also worship at the weekly school
chapel service.

Language Arts

Kindergartners are exposed to both phonics and literature through the Harcourt Brace reading
series. Kindergartners become familiar with capital and lowercase letters, the sounds of those
letters and how those 26 letters are written. The manuscript style of writing is learned using the
Zaner Bloser curriculum. Children also learn high frequency words and how to arrange the letter
sounds together to make word families. These words are then found in predecodable and
decodable books that the children read throughout the year. Opportunities are provided for writing these words through inventive writing. Using  Big Books and a special series of library books, children also listen to stories and take
an active role in an oral review of what was read.

Math

The Saxon Math Series is used in kindergarten. Children participate in
lots of hands-on activities that build math awareness. The skills taught include
number concepts, counting skills, patterning, graphing, sorting, number recognition, number
writing, measuring, spatial concepts, time (on the hour), and working with money.

Science

Guided by Arkansas frameworks, the science curriculum is made up of teacher-created units. Topics covered include Life Science,
Physical Science, Earth Science, and Health and Body Science. Through this program children develop science skills including observing, communicating, classifying, measuring, comparing and predicting.

Social Studies

Kindergarten students learn about themselves, their families, getting along with others and the world around them. Teacher created units are studied in correlation with the state frameworks and seasonal topics. Weekly Reader is also a part of the curriculum.