The St. Paul Kindergarten experience is unlike any other: step into our classrooms and you will immediately sense the warm, nurturing community where students thrive. Loving teacher-student relationships create the foundation for a year of immense intellectual, social, and physical growth.
Kindergartners are all about play, and the combination of both structured and free play provides the perfect balance. Specialized centers build students’ academic skills and independence while providing choice: from playing pretend with friends to exploring another world in an audiobook story, from working in small groups with a teacher to working toward reading independently, the kindergarten day is as busy as its students!
Special days and events are highly anticipated as our Kindergarten celebrates in style. Our classes love to dress up for 50s Day, visit Nashville Children’s Theater, and watch an egg until it hatches, just to name a few traditions. Step into a St. Paul Kindergarten classroom, and experience the joy of learning!
Kindergarten students begin the journey of a lifetime with The Adventure Bible Storybook, learning the Bible’s great stories and themes. This journey helps each student grow in relationship with God and fills their hearts with his love.
Our reading curriculum, Reading Street, is a language arts program designed to teach reading and writing in a manner that is relevant to students while also rigorous. Learning is personalized to students and they learn to respond to what they read in writing. Research supports the active teaching of handwriting, a process that develops creative writing and also fine motor skills. The curriculum we use, Handwriting Without Tears, makes handwriting mastery joyful for students.
The Everyday Mathematics curriculum helps students to establish solid number sense, mathematical vocabulary, a basic mastery of operations and real-world problem-solving skills. Everyday Math’s focus on real-life problem solving compels students to see how math touches their lives every day. Students are given the freedom to explore different ways of solving problems and are taught how to communicate their mathematical thinking.
Students explore scientific concepts through hands-on activities both in their homeroom and in weekly classes with the lower school science teacher.
The kindergarten social studies program emphasizes listening, pre-reading, language, and social-skill development. Content areas addressed are: time, change, places, and environments.
What is your favorite thing about kindergarten?
"I loved the worms in science."
"I liked it when we shared Jesus with everyone in chapel."
"I like to play Monster Squeeze math games."
"I like to draw a lot and now I am learning to write about my pictures. I made a book for my family in the writing center."
THE ADVENTURES OF KINDERGARTEN
Technology class with iPads
Math and science projects with pumpkins
50s Day - wear your poodle skirt and leather jacket
Dress up for Charlotte's Web Day
Visit Honeysuckle Farm and Nashville Children's Theatre
Follow an egg until it hatches
Leading chapel with your class
Wear your pajamas for Polar Express Day
Spend a day as a pilgrim on the Mayflower
Kindergarten Christmas Program
... and many more adventures!