Every subject has its own grammar, with rules and facts that govern each discipline. We begin by teaching those rules and facts. Kindergarteners are capable of memorizing an incredible amount of material. We encapsulate rules and facts and transform them into familiar catchy tunes, making the entire process fun.
Kindergarteners learn using their five senses. As we teach each subject, sensory stimuli help the cognitive process, enabling students to remember what they are taught. Therefore, we use lots of body motions. We sing, clap, reach, wave, and march through our room to prepare students for handwriting. We use motion songs in Bible, science, and history. We illustrate many books using several art media. We smell and taste foods related to the current phonic or science lesson. We use many kinds of manipulatives for arithmetic to count, sort and play games. At Providence, kindergarten is highly stimulating.
We use Spell to Write and Read (a curriculum based on the Spaulding method) to teach the basic phonograms to students, and to combine sight/sound/kinesthetic senses to master the phonograms. Students develop listening and analytical skills through dictation. We use Singapore for math. We also use songs and chants to help students master Bible and history facts and math/counting facts/methods. Students use “air writing” (wands and sidewalk chalk) to develop motor skills and to learn beautiful cursive handwriting skills.
By the end of kindergarten, a student will:
- read simple sentences and read sentences consisting of one-syllable words;
- write all letters of the alphabet in cursive;
- understand concepts of addition and subtraction and will be introduced to place value and basic counting skills (to 100);
- see God’s hand in Biblical history and in American history;
- and see God’s handiwork in creation and develop an appreciation for science.