kindergarten

Children who are 5 years of age by September 1 can attend half-day or full-day Kindergarten.

  • Half-day students attend Monday through Friday, 8:30-11:15 am

  • Full-day students attend Monday through Friday, 8:30 am-2:45 pm two, three or five days per week


 

Half-Day Kindergarten

Students are engaged in a developmentally appropriate, Christ-centered curriculum that includes:

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  • Daily calendar and weather

  • Daily Jesus time including Bible stories, Bible verses, singing and prayer

  • Balanced approach to reading instruction:

    • Intensive Phonics – Concise, orderly and logical step by step method of learning spelling, reading, writing and English including daily chalkboard work

    • Big books, emergent readers, chart poetry and sight words

    • Picture books, reading and writing centers

  • Hands-on math – Saxon math, worksheets and manipulatives

  • Introduction to D’Nealian handwriting (manuscript)

  • Daily physical activity and PE class including SMART activities and basic skills

  • Art

  • Computer/library time

  • Chapel worship with all grades once per week

  • Large group instruction, partner learning

  • Field trips and theme days throughout the year (sometimes with their Chapel Buddies in the upper grades)

  • Bus transportation available for students who reside within the Wayzata School district


Full-Day Kindergarten

Students enrolled full days receive the half-day program plus:

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  • Lunch (hot lunch available for purchase, or students may bring their own lunch)

  • Post-lunch outdoor or indoor recess time

  • Quiet time

  • Readiness training (SMART obstacle course) including floor activities, vision activities, balance activities, fine and gross motor activities all used to stimulate and enhance lessons learned

  • Science – Scott Forsman, including big books, picture cards and worksheets

  • Music – Each full-time student in grades K-3 is a member of the “Kingdom Kids” who practice and perform regularly throughout the school year at the care facility next door, at Redeemer Lutheran Church Sunday services twice per year, and at various churches in the surrounding communities.  Performances include singing, playing instruments, and speaking roles.

  • Social Studies - Weekly Reader, story time and art activities