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Kindergarten

God’s will is that you be a guide for your child’s life. Here at Our Savior School we share in that responsibility with you. One element of the kindergarten program includes working closely with parents to encourage the child’s spiritual, social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth. We believe that children learn by doing.

Private Kindergarten Excelsior, MN

Religion

Although we know that it is the Holy Spirit who works faith in hearts, we have Jesus Time to help children:

  • Worship and praise God
  • Learn about God their Father and His Son, Jesus through Bible stories
  • Come to know Jesus as their Savior and best Friend who cares for them
  • Express their growing faith in God by words and interactions with others
  • Grow in awe and wonder of all God has created and takes care of Materials used in Kindergarten Jesus Time include Voyages, Concordia Publishing Houseand the Holy Bible.
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Language Arts

Our language arts program integrates reading, writing, speaking and listening. Our goals are that children will:

  • Read and write the letters of the alphabet
  • Develop phonetic awareness skills
  • Recognize beginning and ending letter sounds
  • Recognize rhyming words
  • Segment words to hear each sound
  • Blend sounds together to make words
  • Learn to appreciate good literature and to love reading
  • Have a beginning sight word vocabulary that they can read and write
  • Listen, follow directions and express their own ideas through speaking and writing
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Math

In Math, by the end of Kindergarten, students will:

  • Count with understanding
  • Sort, compare, and classify objects
  • Use a variety of methods to measure objects
  • Observe and create patterns
  • Understand and compute by adding and subtracting
  • Communicate mathematical ideas in a variety of ways
  • Make predictions based on information given
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Science & Social Studies

In Science, Kindergarten students will:

  • Grow in appreciation of God’s creations
  • Learn how God created us in His image and that we are all wonderfully made
  • Learn about the world, their environment, and the people around them, as well as God’s wonderful plan for us
  • Accept and help people everywhere
  • Learn about some of our country’s leaders
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Technology

Students meet weekly for technology instruction. Students are taught how to use their Chromebooks:

  • Basics of how to use Chromebooks
  • Intro to typing skills
  • Basic block coding skills

SMART Integration (Kindergarten)

S.M.A.R.T. enables the teacher to create opportunities in the classroom for a multi-sensory approach to learning.  Lessons are designed to develop and enhance the physiological and neurological readiness skills that students need to succeed in school.  With these readiness skills in place, students have the necessary tools to read, write, and receive information.  Students will increase foundational skills such as balance, coordination, reflex pattern integration, kinesthetic awareness, as well as visual and auditory skills.  A stronger, healthier and happier brain, increases a child’s ability to successfully think, remember and learn.  Parents will find S.M.A.R.T. used with our Prekindergarten and Kindergarten students.

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Art

Activities are offered that help children:

  • Express their own ideas with a variety of media
  • Learn to appreciate music and art as gifts from God

Music

Kindergarten is a fun time to be learning music. Through music, poetry, stories, movement, and rhythm instruments, students begin to explore the elements of music; rhythm, melody, and timbre. The children learn to use their large motor skills to play Orff instruments and dance simple dances. They sing and laugh often while learning to create music.

Social & Emotional Development

Activities and discussion times are planned to help children:

  • Develop positive self–esteem
  • Show independence and responsibility
  • Speak in front of peers
  • Channel emotions into appropriate outlets
  • Adjust to group situations
  • Learn to plan, work and communicate together

Physical Education

Fitness is Fun!  Kindergarten students combine with students in 1st through 4th grades to participate in PE five days a week. Students will explore Physical Education through both non-locomotor and locomotor movements and fitness activities

  • Students will explore Physical Education through both non-locomotor and locomotor movements and fitness activities
  • Gross Motor skills will improve through the use of scooters, jump ropes, balls and the use of the parachute
  • Manipulative skills will be practiced using bean-bags, juggling scarves and beach balls

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