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Wesleyan kindergarten teachers seek to embrace the whole child by encouraging the development of each child’s unique gifts while offering opportunities for growth in areas of challenge.The teachers nurture the children’s sense of wonder and shower them with love, all the while drawing them closer to God. The kindergarten year at Wesleyan truly is an exceptional learning experience for each child.
  • Literacy

    Fine Motor Skills-

    Fine motor skills involve a refined use of the small muscles which control the hand, fingers and thumb. With the development of these skills, a child can complete important tasks such as writing. Our students develop dexterity and strength in their fingers and hands by coloring, using pencil and paper, working with manipulatives, cutting with scissors, painting, building with Legos, playing with playdoh and much more.


    Our kindergarten program focuses on pencil grip, letter and number formation, size and spacing as well as strengthening fine motor and visual motor skills.

    Reading and Phonics-

    Literacy is integrated throughout the instructional day in all curricular areas. It is formally taught through small group instruction, centers, and whole group activities. Small group instruction allows teachers the opportunity to guide each child’s learning in a nurturing academic environment. Wesleyan uses the Orton-Gillingham method to teach phonics including phonemic awareness, isolating sounds, blending and decoding. “Red words” commonly referred to as sight words, are taught with a variety of multisensory activities, and applied to reading and writing in daily literacy instruction.
  • Mathematics

    The foundation of our K-4 math program is Math in Focus, a curriculum focused on problem solving through real-world and hands-on experiences. Students are taught to think critically about math by moving through a sequence of concrete (manipulatives) to pictorial (bar models) to abstract (formulas/algorithms) learning. To achieve mastery, students will learn the “why” behind each mathematical concept before learning the “how”. The ability to apply knowledge to routine as well as non-routine math problems is an integral part of demonstrating mastery of math concepts.

    Kindergarten strives to give students a sense of exploration and discovery as they develop number sense, problem solving, and foundational concepts in math. Building a strong foundation with number sense includes recognizing numbers, writing numbers, counting one to one, and skip counting. Problem solving skills are solidified through hands-on manipulatives, math games, calendar time, songs and rhymes.
  • Social Science

    Social studies and science topics are taught in thematic units that are integrated throughout the day. Themes are integrated into reading, writing and class/group projects. Kindergarten used current events, holidays and traditions, the world around us, and personal connections to support social studies concepts.

    Exploration of life cycles, seasons, weather, animals and insects, and space are science topics which are supported through a variety of activities and projects throughout the school year.

    Using experiments, field trips, hands-on activities, and technology each child is taught that God has a unique place for them in His world.
  • Writing

    Kindergarten begins with the early stages of writing, making marks, telling stories and drawing and labeling pictures. Young writers learn the framework of Writer’s Workshop and are taught strategies, such as shared writing, turn and talk, visualizing and acting out.