(For children age 5 or older by August 31)
St. Louise Kindergarten consists of two classrooms that are each typically made up of 16-20 students. Each classroom has a teacher and an instructional assistant which reduces the teacher student ratio, as well as a reading specialist who helps provide differentiated instruction to the various reading levels. Up-to-date, research-based curriculum is utilized in reading, math, and many other core subjects.
The Kindergarten curriculum focuses on teaching to the whole child – the physical, social-emotional, intellectual and spiritual aspects of five and six-year-olds. The child’s spiritual side is nurtured and developed through daily religion class to help students develop their personal relationship with God. Gospel values are interwoven into every part of the day and curriculum. Kindergarteners learn Catholic traditions, attend Mass with the student body twice monthly, pray, and read Bible stories daily.
Focus: Introduce children to their faith mainly through fundamental sensory experiences; learn about God in relation to themselves and others. Learn about the gifts God gives to us by experiencing the familiar elements in the children’s lives in a prayerful way.
Text: Sadlier, We Believe: Catholic Identity Parish Edition
Focus: Phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Students are exposed to literature using three different leveled readers, a vocabulary reader, and a collection of phonics stories in a student book.
Text: Houghton Mifflin, Journeys
Focus: This program focuses on problem-based, interactive and visual learning to deepen conceptual understanding. The program uses manipulatives, problem solving, and teaches basic math skills such as addition, subtraction and geometry.
Text: Pearson, enVision Math 2.0
Focus: Life, Earth, and Physical Science provide a variety of learning experiences that promote students’ understanding of themselves and their environment. Active participation is encouraged in the learning process.
Text: Harcourt and FOSS Science Kit, Wood & Paper, Animals 2x2
Focus: Help develop students’ understanding of the world around them, the first Thanksgiving, and the way it affects our lives today.
Text: Story Path; The First Thanksgiving
Focus: Teaches current events
Text: Scholastic News: Let’s Find Out
Text: Zaner-Bloser, Handwriting
Focus: Students develop fine motor skills as they learn to write capital and lowercase letters of the alphabet, numbers, words, and sentences.
Physical Education, Computers, Music, Library, Art, Health and Touching Safety: a personal-safety curriculum.
Kindergarten supports the Bellevue Fire Department as their year-long service project. Kindergarteners are encouraged to do chores around the house to earn money, and each spring they use this money to buy teddy bears for the Fire Department’s “Teddy Bear Patrol.” The bears are used by the firefighters to comfort children in times of trauma. Also, students collect items for the Eastside Baby Corner in Issaquah. From socks to diapers, they help children, ages newborn to twelve years old, receive things they need.
In addition to their grade level service projects, the Kindergarten classes work together with the entire school on two school-wide annual service projects;
- The November Thanksgiving Basket collection teaches the importance of stewardship and giving to others. With the leadership of the 6th graders, the entire student body creates about two dozen complete, traditional Thanksgiving meal baskets. Together with the Parish and St. Vincent de Paul, the baskets are delivered to needy families in the community.
- Throughout February and March, each homeroom teacher promotes "Operation Rice Bowl," teaching the importance of fasting and almsgiving during the Lenten season; students donate to Catholic Relief Services, helping the less fortunate in our community and worldwide. This 40-day season of giving begins on Ash Wednesday with a schoolwide “Soup Lunch,” when all the students and staff give up their usual lunch that first day of Lent for a simple cup of soup, and the money they would have spent on an ample meal is donated to Operation Rice Bowl.
Classroom Enrichment, Special Projects, and Events
Special Projects in Kindergarten are held throughout the year. The students perform for parents, grandparents, and the community. Special events include a Get Acquainted Parent Lunch, a Fall Concert, a reenactment of The Nativity Story during Advent, a Dad’s Day, a Mother’s Tea, and a Spring Concert. At the Nativity Performance, the Kindergarteners bring gifts for Baby Jesus which are then donated to the Eastside Baby Corner.
The Kindergarteners are each paired with a Third Grade Buddy. The buddies get together every week to do special projects and activities and buddies sit together during school Masses.
Various guest speakers visit the Kindergarteners each year. Animal Encounters come in the spring with baby animals and a petting zoo. The firemen come to school in their fire truck to collect the teddy bears from the Kindergarteners Teddy Bear Patrol Service Project Collection.