St. Vincent Ferrer An Educational Ministry of Saint Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church
A Member of the Diocese of Sacramento

Kindergarten Introduction

Our all-day Kindergarten program allows for a very rich, challenging and comprehensive curriculum. There is enough time for not only academic instruction, but also the equally important free play which promotes motor coordination, sharing and socialization.

Staff :Our Kindergarten is staffed by a fully-credentialed teacher and a full-time instructional aide.

Religion: In addition to learning many Bible stories, St. Vincent Ferrer School Kindergartners learn that God loves them. They learn basic prayers.

Reading : St. Vincent Ferrer School uses the phonics-based Kindergarten series programs.

Handwriting : The D’Nealian Method of handwriting is taught because it has proven most effective in the later transition to cursive.

Mathematics : Students will recognize and understand the numerals 1 to 20, learn about comparisons, the calendar, measurement, sets, and geometric shapes.

Free Play Time : Children play both indoors and outdoors, promoting motor coordination, imagination, fair play, sharing and sportsmanship.

Science : Students are introduced to plant and animal life through thematic learning activities.

Communication Skills/Performance : Kindergarteners are encouraged to be effective communicators as they listen and follow directions while respectfully participating in group discussions. The kindergarten class also participates in the school Christmas and Spring performances through song and dance.

Music : In addition to responding to music through movement in the Kindergarten classroom, students also attend formal music classes taught by the choral director in the school’s music room.

Physical Education : Under the direction of the school’s full-time P.E. teacher, students attend regular physical education classes. They learn skills in games, team play and gross and fine motor coordination.

Art : Art is integrated cross-curricularly to channel creative expression. Children paint, draw and construct using line, color and form.

Library Time : To cultivate a love of reading, Kindergarteners are introduced to the library through story-time sessions with the school’s librarian.