The time students spend in Kindergarten at SHCS is an enormous building year. Our Kindergarten provides experiences for children to grow and develop through play and interaction. It allows children to become confident learners in a safe and supported environment, providing a framework of belonging, being and becoming. A full day of SHCS Kindergarten really helps our children learn reading, writing and math skills and provides a strong foundation for 1st grade and future learning. But most importantly, our students begin formal lessons to develop a virtuous character and love of God. Combine these core skills and values with the excitement of science exploration and social studies themes, the school year flies by as our students grow into creative thinkers.
Mrs. Harrison and Mrs. Goodman have been our Kindergarten team for many years. Mrs. Harrison is the lead teacher for Language Arts with SuperKids (read below for more about our SuperKids program), while Mrs. Goodman leads our mathematical lessons. Our kindergarten students are split into two groups and spend about 1 hour each day in each subject. Mrs. Goodman develops her lessons using Everyday Math and NC Math with McGraw-Hill. She also brings hundreds of math manipulatives into the classroom to reinforce the concepts and to have great fun.
Science and Social studies are woven through their reading and math lessons; however, our students do have whole-group afternoon class time devoted to history lessons, cooking and measuring, the weather, our government, fire safety, and our earth to name a few. These lessons also become part of their centers where students can explore and learn independently. Lastly, their religion lessons focus on how much God loves them, traditional Bible stories, Christian holidays, the Saints, Baptism, and a virtuous life.
Sacred Heart is committed to helping young readers succeed! Our lower elementary teachers are “IN LOVE” with Super Kids©. We feel it is the BEST curriculum on the market to prepare our young students to be readers, writers, and thinkers. The Superkids® Reading program is a core literacy curriculum for kindergarten through second grade that teaches all aspects of reading seamlessly integrating the language arts. Built on scientific research and proven pedagogy, it combines rigorous instruction with highly motivating materials.
WHY DOES SACRED HEART USE SUPERKIDS?
1. Systematic, Explicit Instruction: The Superkids Reading Program is a system of instruction. The step-by-step lessons build skills systematically as children progress from kindergarten through second grade, creating confident readers.
2. Decodable Text: As children learn new phonetic elements, they immediately apply these skills to engaging decodable literary and informational text. By second grade, children have learned the phonetic elements necessary to read text that isn't phonetically controlled.
3. Integration: Superkids integrates reading, spelling, handwriting, grammar, and composition into one program.
4. Motivation: Children love the engaging Superkids characters. Each character has a unique personality and interests. The Superkids stories capture the universal experiences of childhood. Our students in 2nd grade are still very engaged in this curriculum. The lessons grow with them.
By the time our students finish our Superkids program, they have acquired the linguistic understanding required to develop into a fully literate individual. After Superkids, our third-graders can read on grade level with accuracy, fluency, and understanding in any reading program. Most importantly, our teachers say it’s the most effective reading program they have every used. Use this link to explore Superkids for yourself.
Enjoy this PPT of Kindergarten photos!