The Holy Redeemer kindergarten program combines academic work with religious, social, physical and creative activities. The kindergarten students participate in the physical education, library, art, computer, music and foreign language programs offered by the school.
Religion is taught daily through attendance at Mass, prayer, stories, discussions, art projects and seasonal activities. A religious emphasis is stressed throughout the curriculum.
Mathematics is taught using the Saxon math program which is a success oriented program that enables children to develop a solid foundation in the language and basic concepts of all areas of mathematics. The use of manipulatives is an integral part of the program. The program progresses at a pace that allows children to develop competence and confidence.
We use the McMillan reading program which contains lessons to reinforce phonemic awareness, listening comprehension, the alphabet and beginning reading concepts. It is a comprehensive reading-language arts program that contains and correlates reading, hand writing, auditory and oral language skills.
In Science, Kindergarten covers the Senses, Life Cycles, Plants, Bugs/Animals, the Body, Weather/Season, How things move and Magnets. The student is taught using the scientific method of observation, prediction, investigation, experimentation, explanation and the formation of conclusions. The class Science Center is equipped with scales, magnifying glasses, fish tank and other scientific equipment. The Kindergarten has a working garden which the students work in, and learn and observe the cycle of life. There is a field trip to a science museum.
In Social Studies, Kindergarten explores the family, the community and its workers and other countries of the world. The students learn about the past. They study about Christopher Columbus and the discovery of America, the history of the 1st Thanksgiving in the Americas, Presidents Day and Martin Luther King’s Birthday.
The Science and Social Studies programs are integrated with the McMillan Language Arts program and the Religion curriculum.