Our all-day Kindergarten program allows for a very rich, challenging and comprehensive curriculum. There is enough time for not only academic instruction, but also the equally important free play which promotes motor coordination, sharing and socialization.
Saint James School is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The school curriculum meets and exceeds both State and Diocesan standards
Our Kindergarten is staffed by a fully-credentialed teacher and a full-time instructional aide.
In addition to learning many Bible stories, Saint James Kindergartners learn that God loves them. They learn basic prayers and present a special Kindergarten nativity pageant in December.
Saint James School uses the phonics-based Pearson Scott Foresman Reading Kindergarten series. The curriculum also focuses on best practices for teacing beginning literacy skills.
The method of Transitional Manuscript is taught because it has proven most effective in learning how to write the alphabet.
Students will recognize and understand the numerals 1 to 20, learn about comparisons, the calendar, the clock, measurement, sets, geometric shapes, understanding addition and subtraction, graphing, and gain a foundation for place value for numbers 11 to 19.
Children play both indoors and outdoors, promoting motor coordination, imagination, fair play, sharing and sportsmanship.
The Kindergarten topics include; 5 senses, Healthy Habits, Characteristics of Pets, Characteristics of Objects, Growth of Plants, Living and Non-Living Things, Seasons and Weather Conditions.
The Kindergartners participate in two formal musical productions during the school year. They also practice public speaking at the all-school morning assemblies.
In addition to responding to music through movement in the Kindergarten classroom, students also attend formal music classes taught by the choral director in the school’s music room.
Twice a week, under the direction of the school’s full-time P.E. teacher, students attend formal physical education classes, either in the school’s gym or on the play field. They learn skills in games, team play and gross and fine motor coordination.
To channel creative expression, children paint, draw and construct using line, color and form. Kindergartners are also introduced to the comprehensive Fine Arts program conducted by the school’s art teacher and parent docents. It teaches the children about artists, their work and art history as they produce hands-on art projects.
To cultivate a love of reading, Kindergarteners are introduced to the library through weekly story-time sessions. . Children also check out and bring home books from the school library.
Each Kindergartner is assigned an Eighth Grade Buddy. This popular program offers support to our “little ones” as they get to know and trust an older student while building a school-wide sense of community. Activities include; apple pie baking, blessing of our stuffed animals, pumpkin carving, Easter egg hunt and May Crowning.