“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.”
The Kindergarten program at Assumption employs a “whole child” approach that focuses on the mind, body, and spirit. From the “mind” perspective, we have a strong academic curriculum and that balances play and structure towards learning. From the “body” perspective, we balance physical exercise with social-emotional learning. From the “spirit” perspective, we embrace our Catholic identity and build a foundation of strong character and ethics in our children.
Kindergarten is a full-day program, a typical class size ranging from 15 to 22 children. I am a certified teacher. I am a Reading Specialist and have an endorsement in teaching ELL (English Language Learners). We are differentiated from other Kindergarten programs through our innovative philosophy (see graphic), our dedicated faculty, and our amazing parent community that engages heavily in the education of the children.
In Kindergarten, we combine our content-rich academic curriculum with a focus on social and emotional learning. We also employ multi-sensory modalities toward teaching to engage all students.
Learn Through Play
Through play, children can develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain the self-confidence required to engage in new experiences and environments. Keyways that our kindergarteners learn include playing, being with other people, being active, exploring and new experiences, talking to themselves, communicating with others, meeting physical and mental challenges, being shown how to do new things, practicing and repeating skills and having fun.
A child’s sense of God originates from the warm atmosphere of love and acceptance in the kindergarten environment. Kindergarten students attend school mass weekly. Students are taught from the Children’s Bible and the Stories of God’s Love curriculum.
We utilize our eighth graders as buddies to our kindergarteners. They sit with us during mass and teach us how to be good stewards of God.
Assumption complies with the Seattle Archdiocese curriculum guidelines for kindergarten. Our class follows a daily routine and content is based on monthly themes, with more specific thematic units each week. The curriculum includes flexibility to focus on individual class/student needs.
We use the Responsive Classroom approach, which integrates academic and social-emotional skills to create an environment where students can do their best learning.
Social and Emotional Learning
At Assumption, in Kindergarten, we combine our content-rich academic curriculum with a focus on social and emotional learning.
We also employ multi-sensory modalities toward teaching to engage all students.
Science: Becoming engineers through designing and building structures.
Math: Identifying, representing and counting to ten
Reading: Identifying letter names and sounds, writing sight words, then writing books!
Learning about our Catholic Faith from Father Moore