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Our Philosophy:

NCCE Kindergarten offers faith-based Catholic education where parents and teachers are partners. Our program offers enriching activities to extend your child's academic and social development. The activities are structured in a way to meet each child's needs while supporting the academic curriculum they are learning. Our goal each and every day is to offer a nurturing environment to promote cognitive, emotional, and spiritual growth within the academic subject areas.

Kindergarten Curriculum:

Religion

Students learn about God's love through classroom experiences, weekly attendance at Mass, weekly participation in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, daily praeyr, and use our daily religion program and student materials called Blest Are We. The Child Lures program is also presented to promote personal safety.

Language Arts

We use the SRA Imagine It Reading Program which is a comprehensive program that is research based. The program includes daily activities in phonics, phonemic awareness, reading fluency, vocabulary building, and comprehension. Both large group instruction and centers with individual activities are used to develop literacy skills.

Math

We use Pearson’s enVisions Math Program.  This program uses a wide variety of hands on materials and resources such as manipulatives, scales, and center games.  It also uses online visuals and interactive stories to help students understand the different math concepts being taught.  Areas of instruction include counting, operational thinking, measurement, and geometry.

Science

A variety of themes are studied including living versus non-living, weather and climate, and push versus pull.  Students conduct simple experiments in class and take relevant field trips to give them real life examples.

Social Studies

Students learn about community helpers, other cultures, presidents, history, civics, and they participate in service projects within our community. A representative from our local fire station presents monthly lessons.

Handwriting

The Handwriting Without Tears curriculum is used for the instruction of printing letters.

Learning Centers

Children have the opportunity to work together in small groups to explore themes and topics in depth that are covered in reading, math, writing, science, social studies, or religion.

Enrichment Opportunities:

  • Reading Support Program
  • Math Support Program
  • Accelerated Reader
  • NCCE Day
  • Reading Buddies

Other enrichment opportunities include art, music, gym, library, computer, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, field trips, assemblies, classroom speakers, and cooking activities.

Extended School:

  • After school Latch Key from 3:15 to 6:00pm.
  • Engineering for Kids (ask our school for session days and times or go to engineeringforkids.com)

Resources or Parent Links:

How to get ready for Kindergarten Grade:

Some of the skills that promote success in kindergarten include:

  • listening to stories daily
  • clearly sharing thoughts and following simple directions
  • writing first name
  • sorting objects and shapes
  • counting to 10
  • self- help skills (dressing, toileting, eating)
  • taking turns and making choices
  • coloring and assembling puzzles
  • large motor activities such as jumping, galloping, running

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The person who reads much and understands much, receives their fill. One who is full, refreshes others.

– St. Ambrose