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I am Kaitlin Wright and I am the Kindergarten teacher at St. James the Greater. I have grown up with a St. Louis Catholic Education (K-12) and I strongly believe that it assists in the shaping of children into driven faith-filled adults. It is important that at a young age students see the importance of God's role in our lives and as a kindergarten teacher it is my privilege to assist in providing this knowledge. Our kindergarteners will have a heavy focus on Mathematics, Reading, and Religion while also having lessons based in Science and Social Studies.
In mathematics, we use Saxon Math in which students will be learning about number identification, patterning, addition, money, and much more. Our classroom has an abundance of easily accessible math tools that can be used to assist children in achieving mastery of particular math concepts.
Students will be building on the alphabetic principle at this age and learning how the letters of the alphabet represent sounds, which form words. We use the Superkids Reading Program, which aims to allow students to read more fluently while using phonics.
Religion is continuously present throughout our day. Children learn about who God is, what He has created, and how they are connected with Him. We will learn about the relationships we form with God through our actions and prayers. Children will learn some prayers that are prayed regularly in the Catholic Church such as the Hail Mary and the Our Father. They will spend time learning about the significance of the mass first semester and will join the rest of the school for all school masses during second semester. Kindergarten will be mentored by their eighth grade buddies who will sit with them at mass and model proper participation.
Social Studies and Science will often be incorporated in an interdisciplinary manner through reading books about different events, processes, or species and through using graphs and tables to compare people or places. Also, the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum will be used in order for students to grow in their problem solving skills. Students will use the scientific method to try to solve a problem by creating something of their own or with a group.
Every student has the capability to learn and succeed as long as they are given the proper tools and a safe environment in which to grow. As a teacher, I will be the facilitator of learning and will do my best to adjust strategies in order to best meet the needs of each child in order for them to experience success.