K Curriculum Guide


 

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St. Teresa Catholic School

Mission Statement

The mission of St. Teresa Catholic School is to provide a quality education that challenges and empowers students to develop their full potential. Our program is based on Gospel values and Catholic traditions and is implemented in a Christ-centered community that stresses excellence for all students.

Philosophy

At St. Teresa School we believe that each person is a child of God, blessed with unique gifts and talents, and so we endeavor to:

    • Promote the holistic development of each individual
    • Provide a program of learning which challenges and empowers   students
    • Integrate spiritual beliefs and values with learning and living
    • Form a partnership between home and school to enrich each child’s life
    • Promote respect for the dignity and uniqueness of each individual.

Curriculum Guide Introduction

The purpose of this Curriculum Guide is to summarize the major objectives of the instructional program at this grade level at St. Teresa Catholic School.  The curriculum has been designed to follow the recommendations of the Diocese of Orlando, and meets or exceeds the expectations set forth in the Florida Standards.

Religion

The children are led to discover that God made each one as a very special person and that he also created all the wonders of the world around us. Some of the topics introduced include the following – God made me, I am special, I can discover through the five senses, and God blesses us with many gifts (animals, birds, fish, flowers, trees, water, light, air, family, and friends).  Children are given experiences of prayer through regular participation in class, church experiences, and appropriate explanations of religious signs and symbols.

Language Arts and Social Studies

The children are exposed to an environment designed to stimulate total language development.   The goal of the program is to develop pre-reading skills in a print-rich classroom.  Learning centers and experiences are designed to develop oral language expression and listening skills.   Children move from informal exploration of picture books to written material.  As a letter of the alphabet is presented each week the child is immersed in a world of activities to promote the recognition of the selected letter. Development of fine motor skills is encouraged through cutting, gluing, painting and drawing, and these activities are associated with this letter.  During “Circle time” children are encouraged to share experiences to promote the development of language and vocabulary skills.  Awareness of holidays, seasons, cultural events, community helpers, as well as farm and zoo animals, encourages the development of Social Studies.

Mathematics

The goal of this program is to introduce children to pre-math activities through the exploration and manipulation of concrete objects.  Students sort, classify, match, count, identify numbers, and learn about time and basic shapes through a variety of hands-on activities.

Cognitive Development and Science

Children are given a variety of opportunities to explore problem solving techniques. These include opportunities to compare and contrast shapes and colors, to distinguish between living and non-living things and to characterize weather and seasons.  They have opportunities to manipulate objects, to experience the five senses, to explore how living things interact with the environment and to promote respect for life and health.

Physical Development

Children have opportunities to develop gross motor skills appropriate to each child’s developmental ability.  Hopping, skipping, jumping, bending, climbing, balancing, and hitting a ball are some of the skills that children may experience on a regular basis on the playground or in the classroom.  There are also opportunities to develop fine motor skills and eye/hand coordination through activities with clay/playdoh, stringing, painting, coloring, cutting, gluing, pasting, tracing, and tying.