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Early Childhood Program

SCA Kindergarten Orange County

Give Your Son The Best Start

St. Catherine's Academy's early childhood program includes transitional kindergarten and kindergarten. The academic program is characterized by:

  • Very small class sizes, typically between 6-12 students
  • A fun and challenging learning environment that sets up a love for learning and an enthusiasm for school
  • Excellent communication with parents
  • A hands-on approach that acknowledges the unique learning styles of boys, especially in the beginning years of school
  • Incorporation of multiple intelligences (visual, verbal, logical, kinesthetic, etc.) to reach and engage each student
  • A 1:1 iPad program with each student utilizing an iPad for virtual practice activities and creative, collaborative projects.

St. Catherine’s Academy has been the best decision we’ve made. The early childhood program was exciting, creative and challenging. Our son was excited to go to school, and his confidence blossomed with each new day.

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Kindergarten Readiness Guide

This guide explains and offers at-home activities in 5 major readiness areas:

  • Environmental awareness
  • Audio/visual skills
  • Motor skills
  • Social and emotional skills
  • Academics

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Grade Level Focus Requirements
Transitional Kindergarten A bridge between preschool and kindergarten. Provides time and practice to build a strong foundation for success in elementary school. Student is 4 by September 1 of the school year he begins TK.
Kindergarten Emphasis on the Common Core standards for kindergarten. Students explore and apply patterns to conceptual understandings.

Student is 5 by September 1 of the school year he begins K. Readiness assessment required

A Typical Day

*This is just a sample. The typical day will vary based on grade level and teacher planning. The early childhood program employs a block schedule to maximize instructional time.

Time Activity
7:50 - 8:00 Morning prayer and flag salute
8:00 - 8:40 Religion
8:40 - 9:25 Reading/Spelling/Printing
9:25 - 10:15 Math
10:15 - 10:35 Recess and healthy snack (provided)
10:35 - 11:15 Spanish/PE/Music
11:20 - 12:05 Writing
12:05 - 1:05 Lunch and recess

1:05 - 1:50

Social Studies/Science/STEM
1:50 - 3:00 Prayer and centers

Curriculum Highlights

Religion

Early childhood program religion focuses on knowing God as three persons (Holy Trinity) and understanding His kingdom. Students learn through Bible stories and experience creation with their five senses. The curriculum emphasizes prayer and service, offering many opportunities for practical applications.

STEM-Based Robotics

The early childhood program provides an introductory STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program. Students will work in groups to design and build a robot complete with gears, sensors, and a motor. They will program the robot to complete an action with basic computer coding. For example, a robotic alligator will snap its mouth closed when it detects motion.

Reading

Transitional Kindergarten

Students will learn emergent reading skills. By the end of TK, students will listen to a story and recall the details, master the the alphabet (recognize and print uppercase and lowercase letters and identify their sounds), and read and spell simple sight words.

Kindergarten

Students will build upon reading skills by mastering vowel and consonant patterns. They will read and write 2-3 syllable words, such as because and different. Students will increase reading fluency by recognizing the 200 words on the Fry High Frequency Word List.

Math

Transitional Kindergarten

Students will master numbers 1-30, including identification, writing, and counting. The begin to explore simple addition and subtraction.

Kindergarten

Students will add and subtract with numbers 1-10. They will apply math skills to 1-2 step word problems.

All-Boys Program

Research shows that boys and girls learn differently and at different paces. This is true throughout a student’s school years, but especially in the early years of education. Boys learn best through manipulating and experiencing their environment rather than sitting quietly and listening to a teacher. Boys also typically develop language and fine motor skills later than girls. In an all-boys environment, boys can feel successful from the start without being compared to girls.

How Does the Military Program Fit In?

Students in our early childhood program do not formally participate in the military program, which begins in third grade. They are, however, growing into the structure, honor, and peer leadership of this school-wide program.

Students in our early childhood program participate in monthly reports, where they are recognized for their achievements in academic subjects and classroom activities. They also look up to our student leaders as role models, stand in formation each morning to hear announcements, and wear a simplified version of our school uniform. This level of participation helps young students develop confidence and feel a part of the school community.