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4 Year Old Kindergarten
Our 4K classroom is multi-sensory and hands-on. Centers and activities are changed frequently. Generally speaking, the basic core curriculum for 4K is to help each student learn the alphabet and recognize and understand the value of numbers zero to twenty. However, we often move beyond twenty. Many children come to 4K knowing not only that core information but more, and that readiness is recognized in my classroom. As an educator, my goal has always been to help the children achieve their academic potential while sharing the love of God throughout the school day. While learning in an atmosphere that surrounds the children with Jesus’ love, many children leave 4K able to “sound out” short three and four letter words while developing a rich appreciation for fiction and non-fiction books.
A different Bible event is shared weekly; monthly the class learns a new Bible verse. The children regularly sing in school chapel services as well as Sunday morning worship services. Each week the children are introduced to a Word of the Week. Math manipulatives are used daily, and many “hands on” problems are explored in early addition and subtraction, patterns, sorting, measuring, and graphing. Music is often used for enjoyment as well as transition. Fine motor skills are developed using various media and frequent art projects. Science is often shared through centers located around the room and through observation of our cheerful pet parakeet, Snowflake.
The children also benefit weekly from two specialized music classes, two computer classes, and are able to join Spanish club if they wish too. An Accelerated Reader Program is used extensively to promote reading readiness. Parents read a book selection to their child; then, an adult reads quiz questions about the book.
The Parents and Teachers of Lutheran Schools (PTLS) group supplies some monies toward field trips. We take a number of off-campus field trips throughout the year. Children enjoy the field trips.
Communication between home and school is important and begins in August with a home visit by the teacher. Parents and grandparents are always welcome in the classroom! They provide useful help with tasks and get an insight into what is being taught. Each week a folder is sent home with work, projects, and notes. Each quarter the student’s family receives a report card detailing growth and skills development. Parents are free to contact Miss Ulik in person, before or after school, by phone at school, or through FastDirect email.
We offer an all day program for our 5-year-old children. It’s great to be in 5K!
We start our day with choice play and centers. We like blocks and puzzles. We also like dramatic play in our housekeeping center or writing stories and drawing pictures. All the things we do help us to learn reading and math skills.
After choice play we have our religion lesson. We like to sing, “Come Let Us Worship” and “This Is the Day”. Then we know that “Jesus Time” is starting. In the fall we learn about Bible people like Moses and Daniel and King David. At Christmas time we learn about Jesus’ birth and how He grew up. Later in the year we learn about Jesus’ life and His miracles. During Lent we learn about His suffering and death. Then comes Easter and we learn about how Jesus rose from the dead, something that we will also do someday when we go to be with Jesus in heaven. One of our favorite songs reminding us of Easter is, “Do You Know Who Died for Me?” We learn the Lord’s Prayer and two special blessing prayers. Every two weeks we memorize Bible verses reminding us of God’s love. In fact, every day we learn more about God’s love and about how God showed His love by sending His precious Son Jesus.
After religion comes reading. We review alphabet letters with Letter People stories, songs and coloring pages. We look at lot of picture books. We love Curious George and any of the I Spy books. We do workbook pages that help us practice sight words and word families. We also read pre-primers and write our own stories.
Math is important to us in 5K. We love numbers! We have workbooks to help us practice printing numbers, counting up to twenty or beyond, telling time, and adding and subtracting. To help us with math skills we also play Bingo, Memory, and Dominoes. By the end of the year we can all count to one hundred!
Reading and math are important, but we also learn about God’s wonderful world. We have units about plants and animals and seasons. We learn about magnets and maps. We learn about the helpers God gives us and how children live in other places around the world.
We also learn many new things in our computer classes. We do lots of singing and dancing in our music classes. We even learn how to read and say things in Spanish when we join Spanish club in Spring.
As you can tell, 5K is a busy and exciting experience. It’s great to be in 5K!
Families seeking an all day program have the option of using the afternoon enrichment class, an opportunity specifically designed to complement the morning 4K and 5K classes. The children stay for lunch, enjoy noon recess, and return to the classroom.
Prior to state mandated rest period, portions of a chapter book are usually read. Two favorites have been Charlotte’s Web and Little House on the Prairie. After rest time comes an outside play time with the first graders. Once back inside, the students continue working on academics. They work to hone specific skills in learning alphabet letters, letter sounds, and printing letters. By the end of the school year 4Kers begin to read “short vowel” books, a remarkable achievement! 5Kers learn to blend sounds and to print simple words. Writing dictated sentences takes the children to the level of using capital and lower case letters, watching punctuation, and using what they learned when blending sounds.
Middle school students also provide one-on-one reading time with their little Christian brothers and sisters. Initially, the 4s listen to their buddies read. When they are able, 4s read back to their older friends! 5Kers regularly read three to four little books and also enjoy simply cuddling with their buddies. They love to have stories read to them, too! At prayer time it is a joy to see the older students pray with their young charges.
Just as we begin each afternoon with prayer, our day closes with a prayer to thank God for the time together. At the end of each quarter families are given an individual report about their child, showing everyone the benefits children receive in this special opportunity at Grace Lutheran School, Oak Creek.
Miss Jennifer Lebeck
4K & 5K