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The Kindergarten Experience at WCCS

A New & Exciting Adventure Begins

Choosing the right learning experience for your child is one of the most important decisions you can make as a parent.

At Westminster Catawba Christian School, we have “no greater joy than to hear our children are walking in the truth” (3 John 4). It is our desire to partner with families and churches to lead children into a personal and authentic relationship with Christ so that they might be able to bless our world as disciples of Jesus Christ. Students develop an authentic love for learning in kindergarten that lasts through elementary, middle and high school. They are prepared to thrive in the classroom through meaningful, hands-on experiences and learning within purposeful play. In short, we let kids be kids! Our kindergarten teachers bring lessons to life in the classroom, guiding students through an active learning approach that emphasizes the relevance of God’s Word in every subject area and points their hearts towards Christ.

Kindergarten Curriculum

The kindergarten curriculum at Westminster Catawba Christian School recognizes that God created young children to learn by doing. Each day, students are engaged in concrete experiences that allow them to use their five senses to explore, create, and problem solve.

With a lead teacher and instructional aide in every classroom, our small class size and low student-to-teacher ratio of 9:1 allows for an enhanced student-teacher relationship. This gives teachers the ability to tailor the academic experience of each student according to his or her unique strengths and needs.

Kindergarten Curriculum

Bible: Overview of the Bible beginning with creation going through Paul’s missionary journeys, Scripture memorization.

Language Arts – Reading: A balanced literacy program begins with strong phonics instruction in the early grades integrated with sight words and reading strategies. A variety of reading experiences includes reading aloud; literacy circles; and shared, guided, and independent reading to develop strong, thinking readers. Students read quality literature (fiction and nonfiction) at their reading level and develop tools (visualizing, making connections, questioning, inferring, determining importance, and synthesizing) that increase comprehension and interaction with text.

Language Arts – Writing: Writing instruction focuses on the goal of fostering lifelong writers using a consistent writing process. Students work in authentic ways to develop independence as writers. Each grade level completes units of study to meet developmental and curricular needs. The teacher acts as a mentor, modeling writing techniques and conferencing. Students develop writing skills as they write frequently, for extended periods of time, on topics of their own choosing. The workshop style of teaching writing is based on Lucy Caukins’ materials.

Mathematics: Students build mathematical understanding through a concrete-pictorial-abstract approach. Using manipulatives first, then visual models/drawings, and finally numerical symbols, students learn to apply multiple strategies for computation and develop as problem solvers and thinkers. A spiraling curriculum emphasizes depth over breadth and utilizes techniques, such as model drawing diagrams to understand word problems and provide a bridge to algebraic thinking and Mental Math to promote numerical fluency. This approach encourages active thinking, process, communication of mathematical ideas, and problem solving

Science: An inquiry-based, hands-on approach to science instruction gives students numerous opportunities to discover principles and truths of God’s creation. Units in Life Science, Physical Science, Earth & Space Science, and the human
body are designed to engage student in age and grade appropriate investigation skills. Creation, 5 Senses, Life Cycles, Animals, Seasons, Birds, Food Groups, Solar System, Magnets, and the Ocean.

Social Studies: Integrated units of study support classroom literature through hands-on activities and field trips. Emphasis on countries in the world, holidays, and patriotism. Topics include Presidents, Pilgrims/Native Americans, National Monuments, Christmas Around the World, etc.

Spanish: Direct instruction provides exposure to Spanish language and culture reinforced through oral participation in class, interacting with classmates to practice speaking and pronunciation, and taking learned vocabulary to an action. They are introduced to basic Spanish vocabulary through games, songs, and interactive activities. Students learn to recognize and speak words including the days of the week, community jobs, family terms, basic greetings, animals,
etc.

Art: Creating art through a Christian worldview using a variety of mediums. Thematic units coincide with classroom study.

Physical Education: Fundamental motor skills (locomotor, nonlocomotor, body control, manipulative), movement concepts, health related fitness components, physical fitness concepts, cooperative activities, games and activities of low organization, and rhythmic activities lead-up to team sports. Space (where the body moves), effort (how the body moves), relationship of body parts with objects and people, dance and creative movement, specific sports skills, etc.

Music: Steady beat, un-pitched rhythm instruments, motor movements, listening skills, orchestra instruments, basic music vocabulary, melody bells and performances, etc

Our Kindergarten Teachers

It’s no surprise that most adults remember their kindergarten teacher’s name, face, and even their voice! The impact teachers have on a child’s early development is profound. When a school’s faculty and staff believe that all children are created in God’s image, students thrive. Our kindergarten teachers are committed to being an authentic role model of what it looks like to follow Christ.

 

Meet Our Kindergarten Team

Nicole Ballard

Kindergarten Teacher Assistant

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Joy Daughtry

K5 Teacher

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Jean Erle

Jean Erle

K5 Teacher

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Lauren Cauthen Johns '01

Lauren Cauthen Johns

K5 Teacher
WCCS Alum - Class of '01

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Janine Lee

Janine Lee

Kindergarten Teacher Assistant

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Annette Lowry

Annette Lowry

Kindergarten Teacher Assistant

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Learn More About What WCCS Offers in Our Kindergarten Viewbook

Our Kindergarten Viewbook is a great resource to discover what makes WCCS so special. Download your copy and be sure to schedule an in-person tour with us!

Parents Guide for Kindergarten Students

Want to learn more?

We understand it can be challenging to find best kindergarten program for your child. If you’d like to receive more information about our program, speak with our Admissions Director, or schedule an in-person visit, we’d love to hear from you! Simply click here or the button below to find out how to learn more!