Bible - Bible time is a favorite of the Kindergarten students! Using the CSI Bible curriculum the students learn stories from both the Old and New Testaments. Stories include Creation, Noah, the Patriarchs, Moses and the Israelites. We also study Joshua, Judges, Kings of Israel, Prophets, and the Exile. We also study the true meaning of Christmas and Easter. Students enjoy learning memory verses and doing Bible projects.
Math - Beginning in Kindergarten, students use the enVision Math curriculum. Topics covered include Sorting, Classifying, Patterns, Position, and Location. We learn the numbers 0-10, larger numbers, fractions, and Ordinals. Students are taught how to compare numbers, add and subtract. Lastly, we study units in Geometry, Money, Time, Calendars, and Graphing. We use many hands-on activities and games along with paper and pencil work.
Science - Students use the CSI Science Curriculum and additional resources to learn about the following topics: Being Healthy, Living and Non-Living things, Materials, Transportation, and Our 5 Senses. Once a week, we have a STEM activity that ties in with a seasonal or topical unit.
Writing - We use Units of Study for Teaching Writing by Lucy Calkins. Students are taught through a mini-lesson and then use workshop time to practice what they have learned. In addition, we often use “Story Starters” to write on topics related to other units being studied.
Reading - We use Units of Study for Teaching Reading by Lucy Calkins. Students are taught through a mini-lesson and then use workshop time to practice what they have learned. In addition, we read many books related to thematic and seasonal topics and have a new Author of the Month each month. We also learn many sight words through a variety of activities.
Phonics - Students study a new letter each week through a variety of activities. We also learn about blends, word families, word endings, and rhymes.
Handwriting- Students use the Zaner-Bloser Handwriting curriculum and other resources to learn and practice letters and numbers.
Social Studies - Students use the Scott-Foresman Social Studies curriculum and other resources to learn about the following topics: Ourselves, Our Families, Our Communities, Jobs, the Earth and Fire Safety. We also learn about seasons and holidays as they occur.
Technology - Once a week, Kindergarten students use the computer lab. They learn basic computer skills and knowledge, beginning keyboarding skills. We use various websites to enhance their learning at DCS. Students are also introduced to basic word processing skills. Within the classroom, students have access to a SmartBoard and an iPad for various learning videos and games.
Students also get an opportunity to display their God-given talents in non-core subject areas of Physical Education, Art, and Music.