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Kindergarten Curriculium

Pre-Kindergarten

Lower and Middle school Curriculum

Religion & Spirituality
  • All About Me

  • Creation

  • Caring for Our World and Family

  • Advent

  • Birth of Jesus

  • Epiphany

  • Respect for Others and Self

  • Getting to Know Jesus

  • The Good Shepherd

  • Easter

  • God’s Love

  • Mary, Queen of Heaven

  • Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day

  • Feasts, Scripture, Prayer

Social Studies
  • Develop an understanding of self

  • within a community.

  • Awareness of individuality

  • Awareness of group dynamics

  • Awareness of environment

  • Develop an understanding of past,

  • present, and future.

  • The calendar

  • Develop an understanding of the

  • role of consumers.

  • Community workers.

  • Use of money 

Language Arts
  • Receptive Language: Ability to understand words and sounds.

  • Expressive Language: Ability to use speech and to communicate meaning.

  • Comprehension: Ability to understand information and meaning from storied and texts.

  • Literacy: Ability to develop literacy skills including reading and writing.

  • Develop and expand awareness of concepts of print.

  • Develop book knowledge and appreciation.

  • Develop increasing understanding of letter knowledge.
     

Math
  • Numbers

  • Numerical Representation

  • Simple Numerical Operations

  • Understand Patterns

  • Shapes Positions in Space

  • Measurement

Science
  • Demonstrate understanding of the process of scientific inquiry

  • Acquire knowledge about the characteristics of living things

  • Acquire knowledge about the physical properties of objects

  • Demonstrate understanding of the process of earth and space

Physical Education
  • Develop gross motor coordination.

  • Develop fine motor control.

  • Engage in healthy and safe practices.

Creative Arts
  • Use a variety of visual art forms for creative expression and representation

  • Express self through movement and music

  • Participate in a variety of dramatic play experiences

  • Show a developing appreciation of a variety of art forms

Pre-Kindergarten

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Religion & Spirituality

Religion Readiness is a vital part of the Catholic School Kindergarten Program. From concrete life experience, the child learns the meaning of love and being loved in a family setting. Children realize they are special not only in their own family, but also in God’s family through Baptism. In a loving atmosphere of security and trust, the child is introduced to the loving goodness of God as shown in the gifts of creation and through His greatest gift, Jesus. By becoming acquainted with the life of Jesus and guided by the Holy Spirit, the child learns to witness God’s love in the world.

Kindergarten
Communication Skills

Communication skills are fostered when children have the spontaneity and encouragement to express their ideas verbally, in written or picture form, in listening to others and sharing, and enjoying stories, poetry, and dramatic play. Language is a means of sharing wonder through social interaction whether listening, speaking, reading, thinking, or writing.  

 

Writing

Handwriting is considered a learning area in kindergarten. Building with blocks, clay modeling, finger painting, coloring, and use of scissors builds eye-hand coordination which is essential for developing fine motor skills. Children are shown the correct letter forms and instructed to write on the baseline. Children are encouraged to use their natural hand preference for all hand work.

Math

Math readiness is acquired through informal group activities and planned experiences which occur in games and discovery in working with manipulative materials. They include but are not limited to: rote counting, recognizing and understanding the meaning of the numerals from 1 to 30, learning about comparisons, the calendar, the clock, money, measurement, skip counting, sets, one-to-one correspondence, equivalence, geometric shapes, simple oral problems, and addition and subtraction readiness.

Science

Science topics discussed increase the children’s awareness of and ability to observe their environment. Children experience the natural world through experimentation, observation, and discovery about plants, animals, weather, seasons, matter, and senses. Children begin learning about body structure and functions, emotional and physical health, and family life. They also acquire the basic principals of safety in the classroom, on the street, and on the playground.

Music

Music and rhythm are experiences in which kindergarten children sing, listen to recordings, use rhythm band instruments, and respond creatively to music through movement. Music as a well-balanced, correlated program strengthens the learning in other subject areas.

Spanish

Students are introduced to the Spanish language and culture. Some topics introduced are: numbers, the calendar, holidays, common words, and questions.

Reading Readiness

Reading readiness begins at birth and continues throughout a lifetime. It comes through many informal and planned activities of the family and school environment. Some activities are: learning left to right, top to bottom progression, eye-hand coordination, recalling stories and happenings in sequence, following directions, rhyming words, recognizing the alphabet in mixed order along with sounds, and leaning to appreciate books through hearing stories read aloud and taking part in picture reading. Children are given opportunities for reading growth through the five building blocks of reading: Phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, fluency, and comprehension.

Social Studies

Social Studies is an important part of the kindergarten curriculum as children learn to adjust and modify their behavior to a larger group, practicing patterns of good social behavior like taking turns, using initiative, sharing, and acquiring leadership skills. They learn about people as they follow their interests about the world, their local community, their school, their family, and themselves.

Physical Education

Movement is an integral part of a young child’s growth. Children develop physical skills, enjoy movement activities, improve physical fitness, and develop a positive self-concept. In addition, educational games both indoors and outdoors are the outlets for exercise, practical learning, and building of motor coordination. Lessons of fair play, following directions, sharing, and good sportsmanship are learned. Play helps children to explore and examine the world. Through these experiences, children learn to socialize, have fun, and cope with their emotions.

Art

Art is another channel for creative expression as children paint, draw, print, lace, model, and construct materials and engage in other related art activities. They use color, line, and form to express ideas and feelings.

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Lower and Middle School Curriculum

Religion & Spirituality

The main focus of religious instruction is not only to impart the knowledge of our faith, but also to motivate our students to incorporate this knowledge into their daily living.  By following the example of our patroness, Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus, we are led to see how “little ways” can make a difference.  The students are encouraged to reach out to others in the parish community, their neighborhood, and their world through our outreach program.

In grade one the children are introduced to Jesus as our Savior.  Students in grade two prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist.  In grade three the children are introduced to the basic beliefs of the Catholic Church.  The Commandments and Beatitudes are the focus of instruction in grade four.  In grade five the focus of the curriculum is on the Sacraments and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The focus in grade six is on the Old Testament.  The concentration is seventh grade is on the New Testament and Jesus as the Way, the Truth and the Light.  The students in grade eight learn about the history of the Church.  Eighth grade also prepares for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Math

The mathematics program nurtures and develops skills from the math readiness level through the algebra program.  Problem solving, reasoning, estimation, measurement, and critical thinking skills are emphasized in all grade levels.  All skills are introduced using manipulatives then are developed, maintained and expanded upon.  A math portfolio is maintained on every child to provide consistency in problem solving skills.

In kindergarten, first and second grade basic mathematical skills and concepts are introduced where the major focus is on number recognition and place value, the addition and subtraction of whole numbers, creating graphs, and estimating.
In third, fourth and fifth grade skills are sharpened through oral drills, written practice, and problem solving.  The major emphasis is on multiplication, division and fractions.
In sixth, seventh and eighth grade students are grouped based on mathematical ability.  The major focus at this level is decimals, probability, and pre-algebra development.  Students showing a strong aptitude are given the opportunity to participate in an enrichment course.  Pre-Algebra I and II are offered in grades six and seven followed by Algebra in grade eight.  Depending on the high school, students in our mathematics program may be eligible to test into advanced math classes in high school.

Language Arts

The Language Arts program teaches the techniques necessary for good written and oral communication, while fostering creative expression.  The curriculum helps students acquire a command of English grammar, while developing critical thinking and oral communication skills.  A writing portfolio is maintained from kindergarten through eighth grade.  This portfolio contains samples of the various writings that are emphasized in each grade level.
The Language Arts program has adopted the English Language Arts Common Core Curriculum guidelines for writing.  Students write for different purposes and audiences.  Students learn to write clear and focused text that conveys a well-defined perspective and appropriate content. Semi-annual diocesan assessments are administered in grades three to eight to insure proper implementation of the English Language Arts Common Core Guidelines.
In the primary grades basic skills in grammar, usage, mechanics, thinking skills, writing skills, vocabulary and dictionary skills and response to literature are emphasized. Writing skills are developed through the use of journals and creative writing.
In the intermediate grades basic skills are expanded upon with an emphasis on the writing process across the curriculum.  Through writing, the students further engage in higher level thinking skills, such as analyzing comparing and making judgments.
Handwriting is emphasized at all grades.  Proper writing position, size, slant, spacing, letter formation, and neatness are taught.  The students begin to learn cursive writing in second grade.

Reading

Appreciating literature is a primary goal in all grade levels.  Flexible grouping is utilized to supply remedial support for developing skills and extension activities to develop advanced readers.  A reading portfolio is maintained on every child to provide consistency in instruction throughout the grades. Basic sight vocabulary is introduced and begins to be developed in the second semester of kindergarten and is built upon at each grade level through grade six.  Strong emphasis is placed on phonics in grades one through three as well as word recognition, basic skill development, improving comprehension skills, and responding to literature.
While continuing skill development, the intermediate grades’ focus moves from learning to read to reading to learn.  The middle grades use literature series to support skill development and mastery of reading strategies as well as story structure and writing techniques.

Social Studies

The social studies program introduces and fortifies concepts that aim to shape our students to have strong perceptions of self and others as children of God. Key among our objectives is to provide current event study as well as the development of map skills.  The goal is to educate our students to become highly aware and socially conscious citizens, who will strive for stability of the family, protection of the environment, and assurance of a just government for all.
In the primary grades lessons integrate the social sciences.  The focus shifts from self and the family to the community and the world.
In the intermediate grades the curriculum begins with the study of different types of communities.  The program then proceeds to regions of the United States with a concentration on Pennsylvania history, geography, culture, and economics.  The program then includes studies of early American history and our neighbor to the north Canada.
In the middle grades the curriculum focuses on the ancient world, its peoples, customs, innovations, and beliefs.  Students also embark on geographic exploration of the modern world.  The curriculum then includes an examination of the United States history from America’s first settlers through the Reconstruction Era.  An in-depth study of current and world events is also linked to each area of the program.

Information Technology

Technology integration through STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Math) activities into all areas of the curriculum is the primary focus of the Information Technology and Literacy skills curriculum.  All classrooms are equipped with wired computer systems, projectors, document cameras, interactive whiteboards, and other technology tools.  Multiple wireless mobile computer labs are available for all grade levels and include a variety of tablet and other mobile computing devices along with wireless and wired network printing.  Mastering Operating System Concepts, software application operations, media content creation skills, Digital Literacy, Digital Citizenship, Internet Safety, effective information research and information curation for all grade levels are core activities within this curriculum. New in 2013 is 3D printing for the middle school students.
 

Art

Art is a way for students to learn about and interact with different ideas, art forms, and materials.  Students receive instruction in art theory, art history, and are exposed to art from other cultures.  Creativity is encouraged, along with skill development. Using a variety of mediums, students explore ideas together, and react to learn from each other.  They are challenged to develop their artistic abilities and create meaningful artworks.
 

Music

Concepts and skills are taught through a consistent learning sequence from kindergarten through grade eight.  The goal is that enjoyment of music class will lead to an appreciation and love for music. As part of this program, all students participate in a Christmas concert and a spring recital.  In grades four students learn how to play the recorder. Beginning in grade four students may also have the opportunity to participate in an instrumental program. The students receive weekly group instruction and may participate in a band recital twice a year. There is a fee for the instrumental program.

Spanish

Children study the language and culture of Mexico and Spain. They learn fundamental vocabulary, grammar, and conversational phrases.  Through songs, games, and plays they acquire the language of Spanish speaking countries.
In eighth grade our students participate in Bethlehem Catholic High School's Spanish I class through Distance Learning. The Spanish I teacher will meet the students via the internet in real-time three mornings a week.  Students will be accountable to for homework, quizzes, tests, and classwork.  The St. Theresa School Spanish teacher, will facilitate an eighth grade Spanish I enrichment period where she will support the high school teacher lessons and help students with independent work and study.

Physical Education

The students are introduced to age-appropriate games and sports. Physical education in the primary grades emphasizes gross motor skills, introduces rules of team games, and basic skills of ball handling. In the intermediate and middle grades the students refine their skills in team sport activities.  Developing healthy lifestyle habits and good sportsmanship and respect for teammates are reinforced at every level.
 

Library & Research

Our library has a large selection of literature suitable for students at every level. Students are exposed to all genres of literature to provide a foundation for lifelong love of reading. Non-fiction books and other resource materials, both in print and on-line, are available to reinforce, supplement, and enrich classroom curriculum topics. Following the Diocesan Library Standards, students learn about library organization, research techniques, and study skills.