Language Arts Overview

Key ideas and Details: Ask or answer questions about key details in a text, retell familiar stories including key details, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

Craft and Structure: Ask and answer questions about unknown words, recognize common types of texts, name the author and illustrator.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas: Describe the relationship between illustrations and the story, identify and respond to characteristics of traditional poetry, compare and contrast the adventures of characters in a story.

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity: Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.

Informational Texts
Key ideas and Details: Ask or answer questions about key details in a text, identify the main topic and retell key details, describe the connection between two individuals, events ideas or pieces of information.

Craft and Structure: Ask and answer questions about unknown words, identify the back and front cover and title page, name the author and illustrator.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas: Describe the relationship between illustrations and text, identify reasons author gives to support points, identify basic similarities and differences between two texts on the same topic.

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity: Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding

Foundational Skills
Print Concepts: Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print, follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page, recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters, understand that words are separated by spaces in print, recognize and name all upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet

Phonological Awareness: Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables and sounds (phonemes), recognize and produce rhyming words, count, pronounce, blends and segment syllables in spoken words, blend and segment onsets and rimes of single syllable spoken words, isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds in three phonemes words(C-V-C), add or substitute individual sounds in simple, one syllable words to make new words.

Phonics and Word Recognition: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words, demonstrates basic knowledge of one-to one letter-sound correspondences by producing primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant, associate long and short sounds with common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels, read common high frequency sight words, distinguish between similarly spelled words by identifying the sounds of the letters that differ.

Fluency: Read emergent reader texts with purpose and understanding.

Speaking and Listening
Comprehension and Collaboration: Participate in conversation with diverse partners about Kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and large groups: follow agreed upon rules, continue a conversation through multiple exchanges, confirm understanding of a text read aloud or through other media by asking and answering questions, ask and answer questions.

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas: Describe familiar people, places, things, and events, add drawing or visual displays, speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings and ideas.

Writing Standards
Text Types and Purposes: Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose opinion pieces about a topic or book, to compose informative/explanatory texts, to narrate a single event or loosely linked events in sequence, wrote or dictate poems with rhyme and repetition.

Production and Distribution of Writing: Respond to questions and suggestions from peers and add details to strengthen writing, explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing.

Research to Build and Present Knowledge: Participate in shared research and writing projects, recall information for experiences or gather information from sources to answer a question.

Language Standards
Conventions of Standard English: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking: print many upper and lower case letters, use nouns and verbs, from plural nouns by adding s or es, understand question words, use prepositions, produce and expand complete sentences, capitalize the first word in a sentence and the pronoun “I”, recognize and name end punctuation, write a letter or letters for most consonant and short vowel sounds, spell simple words phonetically using sound-letter relationships.

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and applying them, use the most frequently occurring inflections and affixes as a clue, explore word relationships and nuances: sort common objects in to categories, use verbs and adjectives, antonyms, act out meanings of verbs.

Math Overview
Counting and Cardinality: Know number names and the count sequence, count to tell the number of objects, and compare numbers.

Operations and Algebraic Thinking: Understand addition as putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from.

Number and Operations in Base Ten: Work with numbers 11-19 to gain foundations for place value.

Measurement and Data: Describe and compare measurable attributes, classify objects and count the number of objects in each category.

Geometry: Identify and describe shapes (squares, circles, triangles, rectangles, hexagons, cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres), Analyze, compare, create and compose shapes.

Science Overview
Characteristics of Living Things: Recognize that animals and plants are living things that grow, reproduce, and need food, air and water, differentiate between living and non-living things and group them according to their characteristics, recognize that plants and animals have life cycles, and that life cycles vary for different living things.

Heredity: Describe ways in which many plants and animals closely resemble their parents in observed appearance.

Evolution and Biodiversity: Recognize that fossils provide us with information about living things that inhabited the earth long ago.

Living Things and Their Environment: Recognize that people and other animals interact with the environment through their senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste, recognize changes in appearance that animals and plants go through as the seasons change, identify the ways in which an organism’s habitat provides for its basic needs.

Earth’s Materials: Recognize that water, rocks soil and living things are found on earth’s surface, understand that air is a mixture of gases that is all around us and that wind is moving air.

The Weather: Describe the weather changes from day to day and over the seasons.

The Sun as a Source of Light and Heat: Recognize that the sun supplies heat and light to the earth and is necessary for life.

Periodic Phenomena: Identify some events around us that have repeating patterns, including the seasons, day and night.

Observable Properties of Objects: Sort objects by observable properties such as size, shape, color, weight, and texture.

States of Matter: Identify objects and materials as solid, liquid or gas, recognize that solids have a definite shape and that liquid and gases take the shape of its container.

Position and Motion of Objects: Describe the various ways that objects can move, demonstrate that the way to change the motion of an object is to apply a force, recognized that under some conditions objects can be balanced.

Religion Overview
The religion curriculum in K2 recognizes that young children possess the gift of faith implanted in them at Baptism and therefore have an innate readiness for the things of God. It allows the children to understand the importance of the Holy Family, the Church, and religious celebrations. God’s love and forgiveness is emphasized as well as how we should act as children of God.